Rep. Jeff Van Drew, the New Jersey Republican who left the Democratic Party over his opposition to impeachment, says he expects more moderates to follow his lead once they see he suffers no ill effects.
"When it does go well, I do believe there will be other people that will think the same way," Van Drew said Tuesday on Fox News Channel's "Outnumbered Overtime." "There are some good moderate Democrats on the other side and I really believe they belong on the Republican side."
The Democratic Party, he said, is "lurching" too far left.
"It's becoming more of a socialist party and that is not what I signed up for," Van Drew said. He added that he won't vote with Republicans on all issues, but said "that's the way politics should be."
Turning to the presidential race, Van Drew said most of the moderates have dropped out once they saw Democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., was the frontrunner.
"I think they saw some polling that scared the daylights out of them and now the Democrats are stuck with a candidate that almost nobody wants," he said, a reference to former Vice President Joe Biden.
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