The Democratic Party continued to lurch left as more and more candidates entered the presidential field in recent days; with potential nominees desperately avoiding being labeled a “moderate” as the progressive wing of the party solidifies control.
“The day after the [Sen. Klobuchar] 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,’” reports Fox News.
“I think in many ways I’m more progressive than a lot of these other folks. We’re actually getting it done,” said former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.
2020 Watch: Potential Democratic presidential contender/fmr. Colorado Gov @hickforco -in NH- says support for #MedicareForAll "shouldn’t be a litmus test for what it means to be a good Democrat" Supports single payer" but that "doesn’t include getting rid of insurance companies pic.twitter.com/jSaZ9r7PIB
— Paul Steinhauser (@steinhauserNH1) February 14, 2019
“The percentage of Democrats identifying as liberal averaged 51 percent in 2018, according to Gallup polling. That’s up from 50 percent in 2017, marking the first time a majority of Democrats have adopted this term, following gradual increases since the 1990s,” adds Fox.
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DEMS DIG IN: Sen. Klobuchar Says America ‘Needs Universal Healthcare’
Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar doubled-down on her party’s recent shift towards implementing a ‘Medicare for All’ system in the United States; saying the country “needs universal healthcare.”
The left-wing lawmaker was speaking with Face the Nation this weekend when host Margret Brennan asked Klobuchar if she agrees with her fellow Democrats’ calls for a new, massive federal healthcare program.
“Former Attorney General Eric Holder says it’s time now to move to some version of Medicare for all and end this nonsense,” Brennan said. “Do you agree with him?”
“We need universal healthcare,” Klobuchar said. “There are many ways to get there. That is one of them. The other is to at least expand Medicare to age 55. There’s a number of bills that I’m part of, including allowing expansion of Medicaid, which I think is something we’re not talking enough about, that [Democratic] Senator Schatz from Hawaii is leading.”
BETO RISING: O’Rourke LEADS in New Democrat Poll, Tops Biden, Bernie
Beto O’Rourke topped a list of likely Democratic presidential candidates in a stunning new poll released Tuesday; beating Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden by a slim margin.
The poll, published by NBC News, show Beto leading the pack with 15.6%, Biden at 14.9%, and Bernie Sanders at 13.1%.
29 percent of those asked said they were undecided at the time of the survey.
“It’s another sign of O’Rourke’s surprising popularity among national Democrats and a potentially troubling indication for Sanders, whom MoveOn endorsed in the 2016 Democratic primary. That year, 78 percent of MoveOn members voted to back Sanders over Hillary Clinton,” writes NBC News.
The three likely candidates were followed by Sen. Kamala Harris, Warren, Sherrod Brown, Klobuchar, and Cory Booker.
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