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Democratic legend James Carville lights into his party's direction and its radical candidates in sobering interview

'I am scared to death'

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Democratic strategist James Carville is sounding the alarm on the direction of the Democratic Party.

The influential politico, who helped lead Bill Clinton to the White House, said Tuesday that he is "scared to death" over the future of the Democratic Party, lamenting the party's radical leftward shift.

"I'm 75 years old. Why am I here doing this? Because I am scared to death — that's why!" Carville said on MSNBC.

"We've got to decide what we want to be. Are we going to be an ideological cult? Or do we want to have a majoritarian instinct to be a majority party?" he went on to say.

Over the course of his lengthy interview, Carville declared that the Democratic Party needs to "wake up;" compared Sen. Bernie Sanders to the Jeremy Corbyn, a radical liberal who recently resigned as the head of the United Kingdom's Labour Party; admitted Democratic voters are less than enthusiastic about their 2020 options; said DNC Chairman Tom Perez should be canned; and declared the Democratic Party was hurt by the media who have become "AOC crazy."

Carville said he would vote for Sanders if he wins the Democratic nomination, but only begrudgingly because he wouldn't have "another choice."

"But look at the British Labour Party. We're like talking about people voting from jail cells. We're talking about not having a border. I mean, come on people," Carville said.

In the end, Carville said that Democrats should focus on running smart campaigns that focus on retaking control of the Senate.

"You and I know that 18% of the country elects 52 senators," he said, addressing former Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. "The urban core is not gonna get it done. What we need is power! Do you understand? That's what this is about!"

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