Appearing on MSNBC, Julian Castro complained that Iowa and New Hampshire are not diverse enough to be the first primary states.
Castro suggested re-ordering the DNC primary voting schedule, allowing more diverse states to go first.
Castro failed to make the cut for next week’s DNC debate, leading to rampant speculation he may be the next to drop out.
Politico reports Julián Castro on Thursday doubled down on the notion that the first nominating states on the primary calendar should reflect the nation’s diversity, firing back at the state party chairs who defended Iowa’s first-in-the-nation status.
Castro reignited a debate this week over Iowa and New Hampshire’s coveted place on the primary calendar in a Sunday interview on MSNBC, when he suggested reordering the Democratic primary voting schedule by allowing more diverse states to vote first.
The first four nominating states — Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina — have an outsized role in the primary, with candidates prioritizing them over other states in the country in the lead-up to the Feb. 3 Iowa caucus and Feb. 11 New Hampshire primary.
While about a fifth of Nevada’s caucusgoers are expected to be nonwhite in 2020 and African Americans make up more than 60 percent of the Democratic electorate in 2016, Iowa and New Hampshire are overwhelmingly white.
Still, Iowa’s Democratic and Republican state party chairs joined forces Thursday to defend Iowa’s role, writing in a joint op-ed that “Iowa’s first-in-the-nation status isn’t about party affiliation or identity politics” but rather “the uniqueness of retail politics, and its ability to get the future president to connect with Americans in a way few primaries can.”
“Every four years, presidential candidates show up in America’s heartland to make their case to Iowa voters — visiting our coffee shops, farms, the great Iowa State Fair, small businesses, factories and everywhere in between,” Troy Price, the Iowa Democratic Party chairman, and Jeff Kaufmann, the Iowa Republican Party chairman, wrote. “Those who put in the work of true retail politics — answering tough questions from educated voters, showing up at local events and making themselves available to average Americans — can and will do well.”
“This means anyone can come to Iowa, even with a small budget, and have a shot at being the president of the greatest country in the world,” they added, citing former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama as examples.
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