10 Questions for Howard Dean

As the final primaries approach, the Democratic National Committee chairman is at the center of the battle between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Howard Dean will now take your questions

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Howard Dean

Why does the Democratic Party have superdelegates? Dan Moreman Jr. SHREVEPORT, LA.

The initial purpose was to encourage officeholders to come to the convention, which they did not do in 1980 when there was a battle between President [Jimmy] Carter and Senator [Ted] Kennedy over the nomination. We've had them for 25 years for that reason.

Would you support an effort to create a single nationwide primary day? Amy Wardlow COLUMBUS, OHIO

Absolutely not. I think we do need to condense the schedule, but I also think that if you have them on a single day, it's like having a national...

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