Interim Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile told a Nebraska audience politics has become too superficial in an election year with grave consequences.
Brazile made a play for the Second Congressional District electoral vote during her speech at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
“I’m really enjoying this state and, by the way, just for the record, I like to be on the record, one electoral vote, yes, ladies and gentlemen, I would love to get one electoral vote as well,” Brazile said to applause by the audience of approximately 300 people.
Brazile had been scheduled to speak as part of the 2016 Hearst Speaker Series, sponsored by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications, prior to a shakeup within the Democratic National Committee.
Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned after hacked emails revealed she had provided favorable treatment to former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Democratic presidential primary. Brazile was appointed to succeed Wasserman Schultz on an interim basis.
Brazile complained about efforts by Russia to hack into the Democratic National Committee email server. Brazile said it was the first time a foreign power has tried to influence United States’ elections. She also took a slap at Republicans, saying that in the past, both parties would have denounced such action by an outside power.
Brazile related her reaction after the security briefing on the hacking of the DNC email server.
“There’s nothing fun or funny about any of this,” Brazile stated. “After receiving my briefing, I became very, very angry. Not fearful, angry.”
Brazile compared it to the playbook of the Huskers being stolen prior to Saturday’s game against the Indiana Hoosiers.
Brazile sidestepped any mention of recently revealed emails which indicated she fed Clinton questions prior to a CNN town hall debate, except to mention that she had had to apologize to a number of people and suggesting she might end any use of email after this campaign season.
Brazile has served as interim national chair of the DNC before and has worked on every presidential campaign from 1976 to 2000, becoming the first African-American to manage a presidential campaign. She has appeared extensively on various news programs and said while media has diversified, more diversity is needed.
As for the presidential race, Brazile claimed the news media has spent too much time focusing on Republican Donald Trump’s antics and controversial statements, giving him $3 ½ billion in free publicity. She said the coverage of the campaign has been superficial while ignoring the policy details of Clinton.
“We have no time to talk about things that matter to us, but we waste so much time talking about things that are just, what I call, superficial.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]