If getting thumped roundly in Senate votes didn’t send a message to the Democrats didn’t send a message…
Maybe the 2020 elections will.
Democrats have said they would like to get a progressive elected in 2020. According to
Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) the Democrats will look very far left for their Presidential nominee.
And even though that’s the case, he promises this nominee will not put the progressive side of the party at odds with the more centrist Democrats.
If It’s On Twitter, So It Must Be Official
Schatz laid out what he believes will be the party’s plans for nominating a candidate for 2020 on Twitter.
“…we must reject the premise that this is a fight between moderates and progressives. We are going to nominate a progressive,” stated in one of many Tweets,
“…the progressive we nominate should also be capable of getting votes from moderates and even Republicans. That wouldn’t make them less progressive, that would make them better,” he added.
If this does happen it will confuse an already confused party.
In 2016 there were just 3 candidates to choose from.
Now, the field of potential candidates is much wider.
Possible candidates include high-profile Democrats such as former Vice President Joe Biden, Sens. Bernie Sanders (Vt.), Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Kamala Harris (Calif.), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Sherrod Brown (Ohio) and Rep. Beto O’Rourke (Texas), as well as some with lower national name recognition such as Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.
Many of these potential nominees are about as progressive as you can get.
And it would seem that Schatz isn’t blowing smoke about the Democrat’s plans.
Schatz is close with several potential candidates in the Senate. He tweeted that crowded primaries help the party flesh out its platforms and suggested more candidates should throw their hats into the ring.
“…everyone who wants to run should run. Primaries can and do strengthen the Party. If you are a governor or a mayor or a senator or member of the house or TV star – and you think you can help the country, try it!” the Hawaii Democrat said.
What Do Democrats Offer In 2020?
What do Schatz and his colleagues think they can offer in 2020 that’ll win them the election?
Primarily healthcare based policies as well as anti-corruption.
They seem to believe if they can deliver promises (not results) on these two policies they’ll get the win. After all, that’s what brought them 40 seats in the House and allowed them to flip several Republican seats.
“…we had a successful formula in 2018 which was to run on policy (mostly healthcare) and against corruption. We should do that again,” Schatz said concluding his tweet series.