Democrats vying for the 2020 ticket are afraid of being labeled “moderate.” Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) told Rachel Maddow, “I think [voters] should see me as a progressive because I believe in progress, and I have worked towards progress my whole life.” Then there’s Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). She’s hopping on Beto’s bandwagon not only to oppose President Trump’s efforts to build a border wall but also to tear down existing sections of it! In an election where being a “centrist” may be key to winning “flyover country,” the Left’s contenders don’t seem to care much. With the Democrats tacking hard to the Left, they’re leaving the center wide open for Trump to cultivate. Let the circus begin.
Here’s more from Fox News…
Sen. Amy Klobuchar is highlighting her work bridging the political divide as she embarks on a 2020 presidential campaign – just don’t call her a “moderate.”
The day after the Minnesota Democrat declared her candidacy, she pushed back against the label, telling Rachel Maddow, “I think [voters] should see me as a progressive because I believe in progress and I have worked towards progress my whole life.”
The senator then touted a litany of “progressive” accomplishments during her years in Washington and at the state level.
The response underscored how even those candidates considered within the party’s center-left are reluctant to be seen as somehow ignoring the wishes of the – vocal and influential – liberal base. The label “moderate” is scorned, avoided as a potentially fatal term in a primary campaign stacked with left-wing heavyweights like Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey, who speak glowingly of big-government policies like the Green New Deal. Most recently, populist firebrand Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont on Tuesday launched his second straight bid for the Democratic nomination.