Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Bob Buckhorn remembers sitting at home in Florida last month watching the first Democratic presidential debate -- and openly worrying about what he was seeing. The former centrist Democratic mayor of Tampa said the candidates were lurching much too far to the left on key policy issues, damaging the party's chances of defeating President Donald Trump during next year's election.
"I don't think most Americans are comfortable with some of what they heard last debate," Buckhorn said. "And I think it's unfortunate."
Buckhorn's view is a common one among moderate Democrats. In interviews, many of them expressed deep concern that this week's debate in Detroit will feature another inevitable shift to the left, one that will alienate moderate swing voters in battleground states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin that the Democrats desperately need to win to beat President Trump.
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