One-time moderates reinvent themselves for 2020, cast off inconvenient positions on guns, border, more
From Gillibrand to Beto, one-time moderates shift left in preparation for 2020
The 2020 presidential race is just beginning, and already several declared or possible Democratic contenders once seen as moderates have shifted markedly to the left, in apparent appeals to the party’s powerful progressive wing that have at the same time exposed them to charges of political opportunism.
New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, former Texas Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke, and Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard are among the prominent Democrats whose fiery rhetoric little resembles their more moderate days off the national stage.
“While Democrats race to the radical left, they are running further away from mainstream Americans,” Republican National Committee spokesman Steve Guest told Fox News.