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Dem running for president says party misaligned with America

West Virginia state Sen. Richard Ojeda (D) said in an interview that aired Tuesday on "Rising" that Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerUS national security policy in the 117th Congress and a new administration Voters say Biden should make coronavirus vaccine a priority: poll New York City subway service could be slashed 40 percent, officials warn MORE (D-N.Y.), House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGovernors take heat for violating their own coronavirus restrictions Spending deal clears obstacle in shutdown fight Ocasio-Cortez, Cruz trade jabs over COVID-19 relief: People 'going hungry as you tweet from' vacation MORE (D-Calif.), and Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersOn The Money: Democrats accuse Mnuchin of sabotaging economy in dispute with Fed | Trump administration proposal takes aim at bank pledges to avoid fossil fuel financing | JPMorgan: Economy will shrink in first quarter due to COVID-19 spike Democrats accuse Mnuchin of sabotaging economy in dispute with Fed Maxine Waters says Biden win is 'dawn of a new progressive America' MORE (D-Calif.) were not truly in line with the party. 

"Look, Schumer and Waters and Pelosi, they are not in line with what the Democratic Party is supposed to be," Ojeda, who lost his bid for Congress last week, told Hill.TV's Buck Sexton and Krystal Ball on Monday. 

"The Democratic Party is supposed to be the party that looks out for the working-class citizens. That's what they do. We don't have that today. They're the party that believes that we got to take care of our elderly. We got to fight to protect Social Security. We got to take care of our sick. We need to give people a form of, nonaddictive form of pain management. We need to take care of our veterans. If I'm going to send you away and break you, I'm going to fix you when you come home. And we got to create opportunities for those who live in poverty that elevate themselves out of poverty with a hand up," he continued.

"I definitely do not see anyone doing that, and that's something that's got to change. That's what I believe a Democrat truly is, and that's why I will remain a Democrat, and I will always be a Democrat," he said. 

Hill.TV has reached out to Schumer, Pelosi, and Waters for comment. 

Ojeda, who once supported President TrumpDonald John TrumpVenezuela judge orders prison time for 6 American oil executives Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE, announced in the same interview that he was launching a presidential bid to challenge Trump in 2020, joining what could be a crowded primary field. 

 

— Julia Manchester