The Democratic race for the 2020 presidential election began on Tuesday, as a number of likely candidates addressed liberal activists in Washington. Senator Elizabeth Warren’s speech seemed to be most popular, especially after she spoke of the need for Democrats to do what it takes in order to stop President Donald Trump’s negative impact on the nation.
CBS News reported that Warren argued at the Center for American Progress’s (CAP) Ideas Conference that the Democratic Party is “the party of ideas.”
However, she added that “the sad truth is, most of these ideas won’t go anywhere unless we deal with the defining crisis of this moment in our history … Democracy is crumbling around us.”
During her speech, Warren managed to produce anti-Trump anger, but with a more positive policy platform than any other speaker.
Numerous speakers also emphasized the need to offer something more than a check on the President ahead of this year’s midterm elections.
“I don’t have time to wallow,” said Senator Amy Klobuchar. She faces re-election this year in a state where Hillary Clinton lost in 2016. “He’s there, and we need to provide an alternative,” Klobuchar added.
“We cannot simply resist,” CAP President and CEO Neera Tanden said. “We need an affirmative vision that serves as an alternative to Trumpism.”
Senator Sherrod Brown, who is also up for reelection this year, criticized coastal Democrats, whose focus is on identity politics.
“Trump won communities in my state that he had no business winning,” Brown said. “I think workers in my state are looking for somebody in elected office to talk about the dignity of work. I don’t talk about white workers and black workers and Latino workers. I talk about workers,” he added.
Bernie Sanders, who is widely expected to run for president again in 2020, was enthusiastically received, especially in his calls to “dismantle the oligarchy” of “multi-billionaires.”