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USA Today: Moderate Democrats push back against ‘wild-eyed’ leftward lurch of the party

July 13, 2018

A group of moderate Democratic lawmakers sounded the alarm Thursday over the party’s shift to the left, saying the embrace of ultra-liberal policies could endanger their efforts to capture Congress in the November midterm elections and the White House in 2020.

“The next two years is just a race to offer increasingly unrealistic proposals, to rally just those who are already with us,” Sen. Chris Coons, a Democrat from Delaware, told a gathering of like-minded centrists at a strategy session in Washington. But with a far-left agenda, Coons warned, “it’ll be difficult for us to make a credible case that we should be allowed to govern again and easier and easier to mock and marginalize us.”

Coons delivered that rebuke to his party’s left flank at a forum organized by New Democracy, a centrist group whose leaders fear Democrats are hoping to win the Nov. 6 midterm elections “by default,” rather than by trying to put together the broadest possible coalition of voters.

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