U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) has been a longtime critic of the Democrats’ presidential nominating process. And the “disaster occurring in Iowa” with the caucuses this week has caused her to renew her call for reform.
Iowa has held the nation’s first presidential caucus since 1972, and is followed by the New Hampshire primary. Both states are small and skew disproportionately white, leading to steadily growing criticism of their outsized role in the presidential nominating process.
Dingell wrote on Facebook Tuesday morning, “I have one thing to say to everyone that knows me. I am back on this subject. The current nominating system is broken, does not reflect the diversity of this country, doesn’t give many states the opportunity for candidates to understand their issues.”
She said she is “beginning the campaign, today, February 4, 2020 to change the Presidential nominating system.” The congresswoman said she would reach out to Republicans on the effort.
Dingell added that she has “no candidate this year, yet alone 2024. She said this is in honor of former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin (D-Detroit) “who pointed this out decades ago.”