PolitiFact: Debbie Wasserman Schultz says superdelegates never determined Democratic nominee
The latest from Amy Sherman/PolitiFact Florida:
Bernie Sanders is far behind Hillary Clinton in the delegate count toward the Democratic presidential nomination, but part of his strategy is to hold out hope that superdelegates will back him at the convention.
What are superdelegates? They're roughly 700 party officials and other high-profile Democrats who get to vote on nominees at the convention. In theory, they could swing a tight race to one candidate or another.
The vast majority of superdelegates have said they will back Clinton, according to news reports. But Sanders has suggested that in states where he won by double-digit margins, superdelegates should vote according to the wishes of people in their states.
That led to Fox Business News' Maria Bartiromo asking Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz for her take on superdelegates.
Wasserman Schultz countered that superdelegates aren't so powerful, according to history.
"The purpose of superdelegates -- which by the way, have never been a determining factor in who our nominee is since they've been in place since 1984 -- is to make sure that party activists who want to be delegates to the convention don't have to run against much better-known and well-established people at the district level," said the South Florida congresswoman.
Have superdelegates not mattered since they were introduced in 1984?