Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who is said to be considering a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, said voters are now looking for a more realistic alternative to President Donald Trump.
He called Trump “a reality-show-star,” who "will always win the race to the bottom." He cited the president’s “grandiose bluster, bluffing and buffoonery.”
“But Trump’s eventual downfall — as with most entertainer politicians — is that his fantastical promises of 2016 will not come to pass,” he said in a column for The Washington Post on Thursday.
“We have amassed a massive budget deficit thanks in large part to tax cuts for the rich. There is no infrastructure package. Medicare and Social Security are at risk because of reckless Republican budgets. Mexico is never paying for the wall. And Trump’s impulsive trade fights have hurt American farmers and consumers and thrown global financial markets into turmoil.
“Leading up to 2020, Democrats must maintain our credibility with a pledge of results that are honest and achievable.”
He said Democrats can “expand the Affordable Care Act, and take on pharmaceutical companies’ cartel pricing, pass comprehensive climate change legislation and substantially raise incomes through minimum-wage increases and tax fairness.”
McAuliffe noted he has not decided whether to enter the presidential race.
But he said he will be “working to ensure that the Democratic message is realistic, optimistic and focused on helping all Americans.”
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