nearvideo John Hickenlooper, says the democratic party is a ‘big tent’
Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper weighs whether or not there is room for a moderate candidate in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary field.
Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper warned that while Tuesday night’s democratic primary debate that “you might as well FedEx the choice of Donald Trump,” if the party takes Bernie Sanders “Medicare for All” plan, the so-called Green New Deal and other populist initiatives.
Hickenlooper’s statement came as Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and former Maryland Rep. John Delaney also sought seemingly to pump the brakes on the sweeping proposals of Sanders and Massachusetts sen. Elizabeth Warren.
“The policy — the idea that you are going to take private insurance companies off of 180 million Americans,” began Hickenlooper. “The Green New Deal, so that you can be sure that every American is guaranteed a government job, if you want to — that’s a disaster at the ballot box, you could also FedEx the choice of Donald Trump”
In an explosive moment, minutes later, Warren, seemingly frustrated about the delays, discharged after Delaney also sounded notes of caution.
“I don’t understand why someone goes to all the trouble of running for President of the United States to speak only about what we do really can and should not fight,” Warren said, her voice raised.
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In response, Delaney’s campaign Manager, John Davis shot back in a statement.
“Senator Warren does not know anything about John Delaney,” said Davis. “John is running on the General health care, the creation of a carbon tax and dividend in the United States, the world’s political leaders, a $2 trillion dollar infrastructure plan, and great, ambitious plans to rebuild rural America and our cities.
“It is not to mushy compromise, it’s about the policy details and not just what is the best slogan,” Davis added.
Earlier this month, Hickenlooper, a shot took on his fellow-2020 Democrats, suggesting that his fundraising numbers were lower than theirs, because they promised “free stuff” to voters.
“The bottom line is, for a small campaign like us… you know, Colorado, about 6 million, or slightly less than 6 million people — it is more difficult to raise money, because we are not promising free health care, or to forgive, you know… free tutoring for all student debt,” he told MSNBC.
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In an interview with Fox News this month, Hickenlooper said, most Americans are not big changes to the health care system would support.
“I would argue that “Medicare would require for all”, 150-180 millions of Americans their insurance, and some people hate it, their private insurance, but there are far more than half of that every survey shows that they are not their own private insurance want to give up,” he said. “So, I don’t see that happening, but I believe in a public option.”