Reid Epstein, Democratic Party, Wall Street Journal discussed on This Morning with Gordon Deal
In the Democratic Party Beto Rourke relied on a core group of business minded Republicans in his Texas hometown to launch and sustain his political career to win their backing mister O'Rourke opposed. Obamacare voted against dancy Pelosi is the House Democratic leader and called for a raise in the social security eligibility age. He was on the campaign trail in Iowa yesterday painting across the country listening to everyone not just to Democrats to make sure how we find sensitive to accomplish this. That's all part of this more on the background of the former Texas congressman from reporter Reid. Epstein at the Wall Street Journal read what did you find we looked at his twenty twelve race? Congress. He ran in a democratic primary and El Paso, which like a lot of big cities is a primarily a democratic town. And so if you wanna get elected you need to be. Key behind your name. And he ran a primary against an incumbent democratic congressman. In that resource. Basically ran as the Republican candidate in the democratic primary. He had support from the local business community. A lot of Republicans who have millions of dollars to our donors will get millions of dollars to other Republicans supported him and most critically for this presidential campaign that he's started on Thursday. He adopted a lot of ideas that kindly on by Democrats twenty nine thousand feet. He opposed the Affordable Care Act, which is now universally embraced by Democrats. And he was for means testing entitlements and also raised of a social security retirement age, which are things that generally get resistance in today's Democratic Party. And he was against Nancy Pelosi returning as house speaker. Well, he he didn't have a vote in on her first speaker this year because he was out of congress, but in two thousand sixteen he voted against the House Democratic leader after the two thousand sixteen elections when Democrats win you say to he's avoiding the progressive title word, which seems to be popular and democratic circles right now. Yeah. He's avoided labels of all kinds. In during the Senate race at Texas. There were a lot of questions about what had democrat was he because he didn't have much of a record in the house to run on a lot of. House Democrats without much seniority while Republicans control. There wasn't a whole lot to do. So. Distinguished record and congresses of passing working on legislation of major substance. And so he was able to really define himself in that race. He managed to do. So without a lot of bright lines about. So where is on the party's idiological, spectrum speaking with Wall Street Journal, political reporter Reid Epstein in Iowa, you said his come together message may be a liability. Well, we'll find out. I mean, he talks a lot about unity and sort of bringing people. Says it solutions can't be one can't be one from one party or another then you'd have more than half the people. All of which is sort of a message Taylor toward a general election, whether all work in a a primary or caucus process in which only the most partisan are typically, the most partisan democratic Democrats participate. We'll see, you know, he's running against candidates like with Warren and Bernie Sanders who are making it clear, and they are putting forward very progressive democratic ideas to try to push the country forward and weather hit us vestige. We'll we'll gain traction among. Is something that we're going to find out over the course of the next year any issues he seems to be standing firmly on. On the border on immigration issues for that's his signature his signature beliefs. Their talks about immigration is a net benefit other country about a problem in really trying to contrast himself, the President Trump on that front. But but a lot of these sort of bread and butter butter for Democrats. He's voided sort dishes off. Thanks read, Wall Street Journal, reporter Reid Epstein on the campaign trail in Iowa..