Representative Seth Moulton of Massachusetts, a third congressional leader pushing for a “new generation of leadership” in Washington, declared his candidacy for president on Monday and became the 19th candidate to enter the democratic primary field.
“I’m driving because I’m a patriot, because I believe in this country and because I’ve never wanted to sit sideways when it comes to serving it,” Moulton said on Monday’s ABC’s “Good Morning America”. “
Mr. Moulton, 40, was honored in November when he led a group of rebellious democrats who had tried to deny speaker Nancy Pelosi the gable of the new congress. The effort failed, and Mr Moulton finally voted for Ms. Pelosi. His online biography paints him as something of a crime and notes that he was “the only democrat to renounce a senior executive” in the House of Representatives when he was elected for the first time in 201
Mr. Moulton, a Harvard trained marine veteran, has also focused on recruiting veterans to run to Congress as Democrats, including a handful of who campaigned and won in 2018 promising not to return Ms. Pelosi.
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“We need to restore our moral authority in everything we do. cabinet member, negotiating a treaty or signing an executive order, I will always maintain US values, “he said in a video announcing his campaign.” I drive because we have to beat Donald Trump. And I want us will beat Donald Trump because I love this country. “
During his time in Congress, Mr. Moulton, representing a district in Northeast Massachusetts, has gone on bills aimed at improving how health care is delivered to veterans and making government travel more effective . Given his background as a veteran, his campaign is likely to focus on national security and foreign affairs – areas that have received relatively little attention from other candidates, who have focused more on domestic problems such as health and the economy.
By focusing on his military service and relative youth, Moulton will try to draw a contrast to President Trump, who is 72, and received several draft launches during Vietnam.
“I’m going to talk about patriotism, about security, about service,” he said Monday. “These are issues that have long been demolished to Republicans, and we have to stop it. Because this is actually where Donald Trump is the weakest. We need to address him on these issues.”