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Howard Dean endorses Hillary Clinton for president: 'We need a mature, seasoned' leader

Calling her "by far the most qualified person" for the job, former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said Wednesday he was throwing his support behind Hillary Clinton in 2016.

In a Politico op-ed, Dean cited three major reasons for his support. Clinton, he wrote, understands the "institutional requirements" of the Supreme Court and would appoint worthy judges; she has a sterling record at the State Department; and she would address income inequality.

"We need a mature, seasoned, thoughtful leader at a time when maturity and thoughtfulness are increasingly rare commodities in Washington, D.C.," he wrote.