Presidential hopeful Steve Bullock said that infighting among the more than 20 Democratic contenders threatens to hand the 2020 election to President Trump.
Speaking Wednesday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., the Montana governor highlighted the split between centrists and more liberal candidates during recent debates and warned that rift could weaken the party’s chances of defeating Trump.
“As I stood on that debate stage last week and then listened to that next night, I saw [Trump’s] reelection becoming more likely with each passing minute,” Bullock said. “Let me put it plainly, we cannot defeat Donald Trump’s politics of personal destruction if we practice the politics of self-destruction.”
“The fact is, we are well on our way to losing this election long before it ever really even is started,” he added.
Bullock then went on to assert his own centrist credentials, pointing out that the more liberal presidential candidates who support “Medicare for all” would also end up hurting the Democratic Party’s chances of beating Trump.
“I stood on that debate stage, and I could not believe that after 70 attempts by Republicans, it is now the Democrats who are calling to repeal and replace Obamacare,” Bullock said. “If you propose abolishing private health insurance, you will lose. You will reelect Trump.”
“You simply can’t upend health coverage for 180 million Americans on the promise of something better,” he added.
A version of this story appears on the Washington Examiner website.