Democratic presidential hopeful John Delaney promises to debate Congress if elected

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February 3, 2020. It’s a date you probably haven’t marked on the calendar yet. But you can bet a lot of people will start reminding you about it soon.

All of them have two things in common.

One, they’re all Democrats. Two, they’re running for president.

There could be dozens of them.

42 names. That’s a lot.

There are a few more not listed here whose names we never heard of.

But have filed documents with the federal election commission.

Let’s narrow down that list a little for now while we can.

These are two of the more well-known people who could be running.

Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massaschusetts is one of the biggest names on the national scene.

She launched an exploratory committee.

So did Julian Castro. He’s the former mayor of San Antonio and was the secretary of housing and urban development during the Obama administation.

Exploratory committees are typically strong signals they will eventually run.

Then there’s this guy. He’s John Delaney.

Did you just say, “Who?”

He’s a former congressman and the only Democrat actually in the race right now.

In fact, Delaney launched his campaign in July 2017.

[Editor’s note: Interview was recorded before Castro and Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii declared her candidacy for president.]
That’s six months into the Trump administration.
He just left Congress after serving three terms representing Maryland, enjoyed a successful business career by as the founder of two financial companies and was once the chief executive of the New York Stock Exchange.
Roll call actually listed him as the sixth wealthiest member of Congress last year with a net worth of about $93 million.

Money isn’t an issue for him.

So far he raised almost $5 million for his campaign and spent about that much.

The last report from the Federal Election Commission had him with $155,000 in cash on hand and debt of roughly $9.5 million.

John Delaney’s campaign slogan is “Focus on the Future.”

He’s been focused on Iowa for a year and a half now.
Democratic presidential candidate John Delaney joined 4 The Record for a conversation.

First candidate

Being the first one in among a list of 42 names of Democrats who have been talked about as possible candidates doesn’t mean you’ll be the last one standing.

Nobody has won the presidency coming from the House of Representatives since 1880.

Delaney talked about how he can successfully navigate what is likely to be a very large field.

Name recognition

I speak with so-called everyday Democrats and Republicans regularly.

When I told some Democrats that Delaney was going to be my guest this week, they didn’t know who he was.

That’s not the same for Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, Beto O’Rourke and more.
Delaney talked about what he has to do to overcome still being relatively unknown after being at it for a year and a half now.

Too centrist?

Party loyalists who are the ones more likely to vote in caucuses and primaries tend to be on the more liberal end of the spectrum.

Delaney’s critics among Democrats suggest you’re too centrist to be worthy of the nomination, Delaney’s supported fast tracking the trans-pacific partnership despite union objections.

Delaney also pushed legislation to let companies bring money they held overseas back into this country at a lower tax rate.

Delaney addressed how he would respond to critics in your own party who say these are not democratic principles.

New ideas

I would like to talk about some of your ideas.

We can’t get to all of them today, but I want to talk about some things that stand out from typical candidates.

Your website has a lot of bullet points, but lacks specifics.

One thing you say you would do if elected is you would debate the Congress every quarter on Capitol Hill.

Delaney explained if his would be like what we see in Great Britain when the prime minister goes before parliament?


Delaney indicates he would simplify the tax code.

Republicans already did this. We have fewer tax brackets.

The standard deduction basically doubled.

The corporate tax rate was cut.

So how would Delaney simplify the tax system?

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