“What Democrats want to espouse, they’re not even at the left base anymore, they’ve gone off the edge,” Deputy Communications Director Erin Perrine told NTD News at the Ohio Trump Rally. “They’ve gone out of control with these policies that government knows best.”
It is an argument made by many after the second Democratic debate—and during, by the less progressive Democrats.
John Delaney is being called a “moderate” by various news outlets for chastising his fellow candidates’ socialist policies. Rep. Tim Ryan and John Hickenlooper—also considered “moderates”—agreed.
These three candidates, however, are either proposing some kind of universal health care, an eventual carbon-free future, or tighter restrictions on firearms.
President Trump won Ohio in the last election; Perrine said it will not be easy to sell what Democrats are offering to Ohioans.
“If you look at what you saw last night, Joe Biden said he wants to do away with the coal industry and the gas industry—he’s gonna have a tough time selling that kind of bad policy in a state like Ohio, in a state like Michigan, in a state like Pennsylvania or Wisconsin,” she said. “Those are not the policies of America—of American growth.”
Different Degrees of Socialism
Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren proposed Medicare For All, which would replace private health insurance. According to a Marist poll, 54 percent of Americans think this is a “bad idea.”
Sanders would also provide free health care to illegal immigrants—again, 62 percent said it was a “bad idea.” Meanwhile, Warren proposed decriminalizing illegal border crossings.
President Trump brought up on these points during his speech. “These open borders would overwhelm schools and hospitals, drain public services and flood communities with poisonous drugs,” he said.
The poll did, however, show that over half of Americans think that a Green New Deal and free college tuition are good ideas.
Another study conducted by Axios in Feb. showed that close to 50 percent of millennials and Generation Z would prefer living in a socialist country. Over 60 percent believe that the government should provide universal healthcare and tuition-free college.
“We look at the millennials and younger generation…they have a utopian false idea of what actual socialism looks like. We know from history that it’s a terrible thing.”
— The Epoch Times (@EpochTimes) July 2, 2019
Rich Valdes, political commentator, radio host, and associate director for the Mark Levin Show, believes that candidates are proposing radical policies to build their base.
Millennials and Generation Z are estimated to make up 37 percent of the electorate in 2020, according to a study by the Pew Research Center.