Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA), who is known for criticizing his own party, became the 20th Democrat presidential candidate after he announced his decision on Good Morning America:
“I’m here to tell you, and to tell America, that I’m running for president of the United States,” Moulton told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on “Good Morning America” Monday. During his campaign, Moulton said he plans to “talk about patriotism, about security, about service. These are issues Democrats for too long have ceded to Republicans.”
Moulton, a former Marine who served in Iraq and an outspoken critic of his own party, was elected to the House in 2013 and has served three terms.
“I returned home and decided to run for Congress because I realized that a lot of Americans are feeling betrayed by Washington the same way that we did in Iraq. Ask anyone who’s lost their job to a changing economy, or a child to opioids, or has to choose between heat and food in the winter, they’re feeling forgotten,” Moulton said in his announcement video posted on Twitter Monday morning.
— Seth Moulton (@sethmoulton) April 22, 2019
Of course the Iraq veteran mentioned President Donald Trump as he insisted “we have to beat him” and that he wants the Democrats “to beat Donald Trump because I love this country.”
I have to say his main points for his campaign sets him apart from the others because it’s not all about social justice. He wants to concentrate “on service, security and patriotism” which is where he believes “Trump is weakest.” He said:
“Well, first of all I’m going to talk about patriotism, about security, about service, these are issues that for too long Democrats have ceded to Republicans and we’ve got to stop that, because this is actually where Donald Trump is weakest, we’ve got to take them on on these issues, on these core values that make us strong, and that’s what I’m going to do in this campaign. This is going to be a campaign anchored in service, in security and in patriotism.”
ABC News noted he has a “moderate voting record,” but like other Democrats, he wants to ban “semi-automatic assault weapons” and supports abortion.
However, Moulton did, at first, voted against Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House. That changed when she promised to only serve two terms as speaker.
Moulton also crossed Democrats when he ran against incumbent Rep. John Tierney, an 18-year representative, in Massachusett’s 6th District. He won in 2014 and took the seat over in January 2015:
He continued to run, a bold move he said he owes to the training he received as a Marine.
“They said you’re going to lose, and by the way, you’ll never run for anything again because you don’t challenge the establishment,” Moulton said in an appearance on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” in 2018.
“Fundamentally, what they were saying to me as a veteran is, ‘Do not participate in the democracy you risked your life to defend.’ And that’s wrong,” Moulton said.
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