Friday, July 19, 2019
After claiming governorships from Republicans in 7 states last year, including in crucial battlegrounds like Wisconsin and Michigan, Democratic governors should have good reason to celebrate. But there was as much anxiety as optimism at the Democratic Governors retreat on Nantucket last weekend as attendees grappled with why a party that won with a pragmatic message in 2018 is now veering sharply to the left.
Alarmed that their party's presidential candidates are embracing policies they see as unrealistic and politically risky, they are especially concerned about proposals that would eliminate private health insurance. "I don't think that's good policy or good politics," said Gov. Gina Raimondo (D, RI), chair of the Democratic Governors Association.
The comments were a striking criticism of the direction the Democratic primary is headed, as progressive candidates have pulled the field to the left at a moment when President Trump and the GOP are eager to paint them as extreme.
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