Dem candidates make GOP’s work easy as pie with these ad-worthy attacks on each other

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The Republican Party doesn’t have to get very creative in countering the Democratic Party presidential front-runners, all they have to do is play the words of the handful of so-called moderate candidates in the race.

Tuesday night’s primary debate in Detroit showcased more socialism, the elimination of private health insurance and open borders, as the Democratic Party moves further left than at any time in American history.

That’s coming from CNN’s John King.

“What Senators Sanders was just describing, what Senator Warren is describing, has not happened in our lifetime; that a Democrat can run a national election to be for Medicare for all, for free college tuition, maybe for reparations, for giving health care for undocumented immigrants,” King said. “A host of liberal proposals way to the left of the last Democrat who won, Barack Obama. Way, way, way, way, way, way, way left to Bill Clinton, the Democrat to win before that… That doesn’t mean they can’t win, it’s just never done before.”

An exchange between former Maryland Rep. John Delaney, seen as a more moderate Democrat, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., who is competing to out-left Bernie Sanders, will surely be a go-to source for GOP political operatives.

“I think Democrats win when we run on real solutions,” Delaney told Warren. “When we run on things that are workable, not fairy-tale economics.”

This prompted Warren to fire back about not having any limits in pushing her radical agenda.

“I don’t understand why anybody goes to all the trouble of running for president of the United States just to talk about what we really can’t do and shouldn’t fight for,” she said. “I don’t get it.”

In his closing remarks, Delaney again slapped at Warren and Sanders while calling for “real solutions.”

“We can go down the road that Senator Sanders and Senator Warren want to take us with bad policies like Medicare for all, free everything, and impossible promises that will turn off independent voters and get Trump reelected,” he said.

Warren was involved in another exchange with Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, who is also seen as more moderate.

Making his debut appearance in the Detroit debate, Bullock took a shot at Warren on immigration.

Warren had just comments on creating a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants, and the governor reminded her of what Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security under the Obama administration, said.

“That’s Obama’s Homeland Security secretary that said you’ll cause further problems at the border, not making it better,” Bullock said.

He also took a shot at Warren for calling to decriminalize illegal border crossings.

“But you are playing into Donald Trump’s hands,” he said. “The challenge isn’t that it’s a criminal offense to cross the border. The challenge is that Donald Trump is president and using this to rip families apart.”

Government-provided health care was another topic that prompted more reasonable candidates like former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper to go after Sanders and Warren.

“You can’t just spring a plan on the world and expect it to succeed,” Hickenlooper told Sanders of his Medicare for All plan, which Warren has also signed on to, arguing that the self-avowed socialist doesn’t have the governing experience to carry out ideas.

He was also critical of eliminating private insurance and the Green New Deal, which will cost trillions of dollars, saying these sweeping ideas will “FedEx the election” to Trump.

“The policies — this notion that you’re going to take private insurance away from 180 million Americans,” Hickenlooper opined. “The Green New Deal, making sure every American is guaranteed a government job if they want — that is a disaster at the ballot box, you might as well FedEx the election to Donald Trump.”

Yep, you just know that quip is going to be showing up in a Republican campaign ad sometime in the near future.

Tom Tillison

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