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NPR explains that John Edwards, George McGovern and Mike Dukakis are not Distinguished Party Leaders, and therefore not superdelegates, and talks to two former Democratic nominees about it:
Dukakis is not a superdelegate, either — only winners are superdelegates.
Dukakis says he does not mind not being a superdelegate: "I don't have to deal with all the phone calls [from campaigns]," he says.
McGovern, like Dukakis, says that he does not mind not being a delegate.
"I get lots publicity, lots of recognition, but there are people I know in this state that have worked hard over the years," McGovern says. "Most people never hear of them, and this is a way to get them a little recognition."
and in the future?
Nonetheless, [Tad] Devine thinks the Democratic Party would be well-served by including former nominees for both president and vice president in the ranks of the supers.Fun article, but it totally ignores the currently most controversial losing nominee of all.
"They've been through this process like no one else," he says. "I think to run as the candidates, to give that acceptance speech, to understand the way the campaign works from the inside and to have seen America through the eyes of a candidate, is a unique experience."