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Key Clinton Surrogate Anoints Two for 2020?

Neera Tanden, the president of the Center for American Progress (CAP) and a key Clinton surrogate in 2016, had high Twitter praise for two potential 2020 Democratic candidates.

Neera Tanden

On Sunday, Neera Tanden – the president of the influential Center for American Progress (CAP), and a key surrogate for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign – blessed two potential 2020 candidates with a gushing tweet.

Tanden called out Sens. Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) for their opposition to the American Health Care Act (AHCA), or ‘Trumpcare’:

When a user accused Tanden on giving an “Atta Boy” to her “favs,” Tanden responded that Murphy and Booker “pushed hardest” for a “voterama/filibuster” on AHCA:

The praise is noteworthy for two reasons: 1) Tanden was a key Clinton whisperer in 2016, as evidenced by Wikileaks’ release of John Podesta’s emails, and 2) Murphy and Booker are both eyed as 2020 presidential candidates.

Murphy has, for months, been riding a conspiracy theory that President Trump is directly controlled by Vladimir Putin. A CNN host called Murphy out for his continued repetition of this theory just a few weeks ago, pointing out he had no evidence to make his claims.

Booker, for his part, has been the subject of many “2020” write-ups. In the process, though, he has been caught leveling hypocritical criticism, on both Attorney General Jeff Sessions (a former colleague) and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos (a former partner in policymaking).

Still, Tanden’s blessing may be an early win for the young, ambitious senators in the 2020 Democratic rat race.