Howard Dean, in break from group he founded, backs Clinton for president

Howard Dean, in break from group he founded, backs Clinton for president

Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean (D) endorsed Hillary Clinton for president on Wednesday, giving her the support of a liberal firebrand at a time when others on the left remain skeptical.

“Hillary Clinton is by far the most qualified person in the United States to serve as President,” Dean wrote in an op-ed in Politico Magazine. “If she runs, I will support her.”

Dean, who caught fire among the liberal base in the 2004 presidential campaign before ultimately losing the nomination to John Kerry, offers Clinton support, while liberal groups are organizing to urge Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) to challenge her from the left.

Those liberal groups include Democracy for America (DFA), which was founded by Dean himself. On Tuesday, DFA announced that it was asking its members to vote to join the “Draft Warren” movement begun by another liberal group, MoveOn.org.

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