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Is Steyer Echoing FDR in His Likely Soft Launch for 2020?

The environmental activist turned major Democratic donor turned impeachment evangelist may just be launching a run for president. His platform offers shades of FDR.

By NTK Staff | 11.20.2018 @9:45am
Is Steyer Echoing FDR in His Likely Soft Launch for 2020?

Tom Steyer, the environmental activist, major Democratic donor, and leader of the ‘impeach Trump’ movement, may be moving this year toward a run for president in 2020, Politico reported Tuesday.

Politico‘s Alex Thompson wrote Steyer will host town halls centered around “5 rights” on his would-be presidential platform, and that the first town hall will be in South Carolina. The southern state is one of the first in the nation to hold a Democratic primary.

Former billionaire investor, climate activist and impeachment agitator Tom Steyer will take several steps toward a 2020 presidential bid Tuesday.

…The first town hall is set for Dec. 4 in Charleston, S.C., and the next will be in Fresno, Calif., sometime in December, according to Aleigha Cavalier, senior communications adviser for, who also works for Steyer’s climate-focused group NextGen America. There will be one town hall for each of the “5 rights” on Steyer’s platform: the right to an equal vote, to clean air and water, to learn with pre-K education through college, to a living wage, and to health.

If the organization of a platform around “rights” sounds familiar, that’s because it may just be a callback to President Franklin Roosevelt’s “Second Bill of Rights.” The list of rights, laid out in FDR’s 1944 State of the Union address, included:

  • “The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the Nation;”
  • “The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;”
  • “The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;”
  • “The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;”
  • “The right of every family to a decent home;”
  • “The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;”
  • “The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;”
  • “The right to a good education.”

At least three of Steyer’s rights – education, a living wage, and health – match up with three of FDR’s Second Bill of Rights.

The matchup could just be a coincidence, but given FDR is revered within the Democratic Party, Steyer may welcome the comparison.

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