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None of the Top-Tier 2020 Dems Are Seeking Bill Clinton’s Advice

Instead, the only candidates who have spoken to Clinton are Julian Castro, John Delaney, and Steve Bullock, who has not launched a formal bid.

By NTK Staff | 03.04.2019 @9:41am
None of the Top-Tier 2020 Dems Are Seeking Bill Clinton’s Advice

Former President Bill Clinton is a lonely man. That’s according to a new Associated Press report, which found that none of the top-tier 2020 Democrats running for the White House have consulted with the former president, once thought of as a fount of political wisdom.

According to the AP, only three men have spoken to Clinton: former HUD Secretary Julian Castro, former Maryland Rep. John Delaney, and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock. All are considered longshot candidates, and Bullock has not yet formally announced his presidential ambitions.

Part of the problem is that the Democratic Party’s leftward lurch over the past few years. The policies for which the Clinton administration advocated are now out of fashion among today’s far more liberal Democrats:

“Times have changed,” said Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a liberal group that has endorsed Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. “The center of gravity within the Democratic Party and the electorate overall has moved massively in a more populist direction.”

Indeed, some of Clinton’s signature policies — including the North America Free Trade Agreement and the 1994 crime bill — are out of step with the mainstream of the Democratic Party. Clinton himself has acknowledged that the crime bill worsened the problem of mass incarcerations, particularly among black men.

The other problem for Clinton is his family’s longstanding feuds. The Clintons have not repaired the relationship with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) after Sanders nearly defeated Hillary Clinton in a shocking 2016 Democratic primary.

The AP story also mentioned the soured relationship between the Clintons and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), who said Clinton should have resigned from office due to his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. “Clinton allies say the couple’s anger at Gillibrand runs deep and their relationship may be irreparable,” the story read.

As the political season heats up, it remains unclear what role, if any, Bill Clinton will play in the 2020 primary. But if trends continue in the current direction, he may be sidelined completely.

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