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Democrats Sprint to the Left, But It May Come Back to Bite Them

Ahead of the 2020 presidential race, potential candidates are already working to outdo one another by moving further and further left, and it may come back to haunt them.

By NTK Staff | 05.15.2018 @8:00am
Democrats Sprint to the Left, But It May Come Back to Bite Them

Basic universal income, marijuana legalization, single-payer health care, and open borders were once reserved for the left wing of the Democratic Party. Now, they appear to be policy staples, ahead of the Democratic presidential primary.

“Not everything being discussed is going to fly, but it’s pretty clear to me the party is moving significantly to the left,” former Democratic Senate aide Jim Manley told NBC News. “Anyone running for president in 2020 is going to have to take a good, hard look at some of these ideas.”

Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) have been boosting their progressive credentials with policies traditionally considered “far left.”

For example, Sanders has made hay about his support for single-payer health care. Booker and Harris have become champions of marijuana legalization. Harris, Booker, Warren, Gillibrand, Brown, and others have pushed for guaranteeing jobs that pay $15 an hour in more than a dozen urban centers, a major move to the left.

This phenomena is partially due to the differing nature of the parties’ primaries. Republican primaries tend to be emotionally driven, whereas Democratic primaries focus more on policy. This puts Democratic candidates in a difficult situation. They must go far enough left to win the primary, without alienating the moderate voters in a general election.

Meanwhile, President Trump’s approval rating climbed to 40 percent this week, a good sign for Republicans and more evidence that Democrats cannot take their likely 2020 opponent lightly.

Issues like health care, marijuana legalization, immigration, and universal income may become an Achilles heel for these candidates in their race against the Republican nominee. Of course, 2020 is still a long way out.

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