During a recent interview, Democrat 2020 presidential candidate John Hickenlooper warned Democrats against embracing socialism, which he said would lead to the re-election of President Trump.
Hickenlooper said “if we don’t stand up and say that we Democrats don’t stand for socialism, we’re going to end up reelecting the worst president this country’s ever had,” in reference to the party’s continued fixation with far-left ideology.
Additionally, Hickenlooper went on to note that Democrats’ focus on issues such as abortion and social justice issues simply does not resonate with working-class voters.
From The Hill:
Hickenlooper, the former governor of Colorado who is running as a moderate candidate in the crowded Democratic field, told NPR’s “Morning Edition” that “if we don’t stand up and say that we Democrats don’t stand for socialism, we’re going to end up reelecting the worst president this country’s ever had.”
The comments come amid an internal debate in the Democratic Party over whether it should seek to appeal to moderate voters in the Rust Belt who can help the party reclaim states like Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin or build off energy from progressives who support a litany of policies that would push the party further to the left.
“Certainly we want to address income inequality. Right. Absolutely we want to make sure that women have a right to choose, that civil rights and social justice are addressed aggressively,” Hickenlooper said.
“But we’ve also got to recognize to win in Ohio and Michigan and North Carolina and Wisconsin, we’re going to have to get more to those kitchen table issues that have to do with somebody’s job, or how many jobs they’re having to work just to balance a household budget.”