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Green New Deal, ‘Medicare-for-all’ draw fresh scrutiny from 2020 Dems

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Green New Deal, 'Medicare-for-all' draw fresh scrutiny from 2020 Dems

BEDFORD, N.H. – John Delaney’s not your typical 2020 Democratic presidential candidate.

With many of his rivals for the nomination running to the left, the former congressman from Maryland is carving out a more moderate path and taking aim at two top wish-list items for the progressive base — the Green New Deal and “Medicare-for-all.”

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And he’s not the only one. While every other Senate Democrat running for president has signed onto the Green New Deal, potential presidential candidate and Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown defended his decision not to on Tuesday: “I don’t need to co-sponsor every bill that others think they need to co-sponsor to show my progressive politics.”

Speaking at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor, Brown also said he views expanding Medicare to Americans age 50 and older as a more workable step than moving directly to single-payer health care.

Delaney was even more pointed while speaking Tuesday morning at “Politics and Eggs,” a must stop in the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire. Delaney called for a “sense of common purpose and unity” and described himself as centrist, “which I don’t think is a dirty word.”

The longshot for the nomination who launched his White House bid in July of 2017 – just six months into Donald Trump’s presidency – highlighted his own push to combat climate change, touting his bill to implement a carbon tax.

But he took aim at the Green New Deal, the sweeping proposal that aims to transform the country’s economy to fight climate change — while enacting a host of new health care and welfare programs.

“I don’t actually think the Green New Deal is the right way to go,” he spotlighted. “I certainly support the fact that it’s put a lot of attention on this incredibly important issue but I don’t support the notion of making it harder to get something done on climate change.”

“If we want to actually make a difference on climate change, we have to do something right away and it’s got to be big. And there are some things that we can do that are big right away,” he told reporters. “So let’s not do things to make that it harder. If you actually tie climate change to universal healthcare, then you’re making it five times harder to do anything on climate change.”

Delaney’s stance puts him squarely at odds with many of his White House rivals. Seven senators either running for the Democratic presidential nomination or seriously weighing bids have signed on as co-sponsors to the Green New Deal, which was announced last week by freshman progressive rising star Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and veteran Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts.

On health care, Delaney called for fixing the Affordable Care Act, better known as ObamaCare, and said if elected he would “roll out a plan for universal care, which would make health care a right.”

But he criticized “Medicare-for-all,” pointing to the “bill that currently exists in the United States Senate, which I do not think is good policy.”

“I think we should use Medicare as a model without Medicare-for-all,” he added.

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Delaney, who spotlighted that he “was ranked third most bipartisan of the Congress” during his three terms on Capitol Hill, said “I’m running basically a fundamentally different race” than his Democratic rivals. “My campaign is about solving problems, focusing on the future and bringing the country together. So I’m a unifier, not a divider, a problem solver, not a goalpost mover.”

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Asked by Fox News if many of the other Democratic White House hopefuls are too far to the left, Delaney said: “I think I’m the only one running as a problem solver. And I think there are two ways to seek the presidency. You can try to divide and create some goals that are unrealistic. I think that’s’ wrong … or you can actually try to unify the country.”

Delaney also briefly slammed President Trump, saying: “I think our current president is the divider in chief in many ways. I think he wakes every day and tries to divide the country. But I don’t even blame him because I think he’s punctuation of decades of terrible politics.”

He warned of chilling political future, saying the country’s “potentially looking at a world where every political disagreement in the future could be met with violent protests outside the Capitol.”

And he called for presidents to go to the floor of the House of Representatives every three months to answer questions from members of Congress live on national TV.

The 55-year-old Delaney was raised in northern New Jersey by working-class parents. He found success as a banking entrepreneur and is worth nearly $90 million, which made him one of the wealthiest members of the U.S. House during his three terms in Congress.

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Delaney’s appearance at “Politics and Eggs” came during a jam-packed three-day swing through New Hampshire, his 14th trip to the state since launching his campaign for president.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Huckabee lashes out at Trump critic Romney: ‘Makes me sick’ you could have been POTUS

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Huckabee lashes out at Trump critic Romney: ‘Makes me sick’ you could have been POTUS

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee lashed out at Sen. Mitt Romney after the Utah Republican said he was “sickened” by the level of dishonesty from President Trump’s administration in response to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s redacted report into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

“Know what makes me sick, Mitt? Not how disingenuous you were to take @realDonaldTrump $$ and then 4 yrs later jealously trash him & then love him again when you begged to be Sec of State, but makes me sick that you got GOP nomination and could have been @POTUS,” Huckabee tweeted Friday.

Earlier in the day, Romney tweeted that it was good news that there was insufficient evidence to charge Trump with collusion or obstruction of justice. The former GOP 2012 presidential candidate then blasted Trump and his campaign for having contacts with Russians.

“I am sickened at the extent and pervasiveness of dishonesty and misdirection by individuals in the highest office of the land, including the President,” Romney posted.

“I am appalled that, among other things, fellow citizens working in a campaign for president welcomed help from Russia — including information that had been illegally obtained; that none of them acted to inform American law enforcement,” he wrote.

Mueller’s long-awaited report was released Thursday morning and contains nearly 900 redactions. It showed investigators found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. No conclusion was reached on whether Trump’s actions amounted to obstruction.

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Huckabee ran against Romney for the 2008 GOP presidential nomination and is the father of White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Romney and Trump’s contentious relationship has been well documented, with both men having exchanged congratulations and insults over the years.

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CNN wanted accusations against Trump to be true, White House spokesman says

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White House principal deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley struck back at CNN host Anderson Cooper on Friday, a day after having a contentious interview with the journalist, saying he would not be lectured by a member of the mainstream media who has been “lying” about President Trump.

“First of all, I’m not going to take a lecture on truth-telling from anybody in the mainstream media who has been lying about this president for the last two years, telling the American people that Donald Trump committed treason which is a crime punishable by death as you well know,” Gidley told “Ingraham Angle” host Laura Ingraham.

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On Thursday, Cooper and Gidley went back and forth over the release of the long-awaited Mueller report.

The report showed investigators did not find evidence of collusion between the 2016 Trump presidential campaign and Russia but did lay out an array of actions taken by the president that were examined as part of the investigation’s obstruction inquiry.

At one point during the interview Cooper asked Gidley if the president lied.

“No, i’m not aware of him lying. He hasn’t lied to me,” Gidley responded.

“I feel bad that you’re scared to say that your boss lied,” Cooper later added.

Gidley accused CNN of wanting accusations of collusion between the president and Russia to be true.

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“The point is, for me to sit there with CNN and listen to them, who they wanted this to be true so badly. So many in the media did, and I understand why they don’t drop it,” Gidley said.

“Because if they did, they would be admitting the fact that the last two years of their life was a complete and total waste.”

Fox News’ Paulina Dedaj contributed to this report.

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DOJ calls Nadler subpoena for full Mueller report ‘premature and unnecessary’

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Gingrich suggests Nadler’s push to further probe Mueller report is an attempt to save his job in the House

The Department of Justice responded Friday to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler’s request for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s full and unredacted report, dismissing the request as both “premature and unnecessary.”

DOJ spokesperson Kerri Kupec said in a statement that Attorney General Bill Barr provided Mueller’s report on Thursday with only “minimal redactions” and, “in the interest of transparency,” the department had provided certain members of Congress, including Nadler, with a report that had “even fewer redactions.”

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“In light of this, Congressman Nadler’s subpoena is premature and unnecessary. The Department will continue to work with Congress to accommodate its legitimate requests consistent with the law and long-recognized executive branch interests,” Kupec continued.

Nadler said in a statement early Friday that he subpoenaed the DOJ for the “full version” of the Mueller report and “underlying evidence,” requiring the department to comply by May 1.

“My committee needs and is entitled to the full version of the report and the underlying evidence consistent with past practice,” Nadler’s statement read. “The redactions appear to be significant. We have so far seen none of the actual evidence that the special counsel developed to make this case.”

Prior to the release of the long-awaited report, Nadler also made a request that Mueller himself provide testimony “as soon as possible” before his committee to explain his findings in the nearly 400-page report.

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“It is clear Congress and the American people must hear from Special Counsel Robert Mueller in person to better understand his findings.”

While there was no immediate response from Mueller, Barr said at a press conference prior to Nadler’s request that he would be open to providing testimony on the report.

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