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Dallas Morning News: Can Democrats overcome the left wing?

August 23, 2017


Several prominent Democrats underscored that point recently in organizing a group called New Democracy, based on the premise the party needs to broaden, not narrow, its appeal.

“We have to expand this party and make it a bigger tent,” said Will Marshall. A veteran of similar efforts to moderate the party in the 1980s that led to Clinton’s election, Marshall played a major role in forming the new group.

Others include such politically successful Democrats as former Govs. Tom Vilsack of Iowa and Steve Beshear of Kentucky, plus up-and-coming leaders like Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a potential 2020 presidential candidate, and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. All have succeeded in states outside the party’s bi-coastal base.

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