Dem rep says party does not need a divide on diversity, financial platforms

New Jersey Rep. Josh GottheimerJoshua (Josh) GottheimerRepublicans plot comeback in New Jersey Assault weapons ban picks up steam in Congress The 11 House Dems from Trump districts who support assault weapons ban MORE (D) said in an interview that aired Friday on "Rising" that there does not need to be a divide between Democrats pushing for social issues and others pushing for financial reforms. 

"I don't think it's either or," Gottheimer told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons earlier this week when asked if there was a divide between Democratic figures on the issues. 

"I mean, I talk about LGBTQ issues all the time," he added. "Obviously, I care a lot about issues of race." 

"But you also got to look at what are some of the issues that are having the biggest impact on different communities," he said. "How can you address some of those specifics so that we from a policy perspective, open up more opportunity?" 

The new Democratic-controlled House has seen an array of diverse, freshman lawmakers calling for various progressive ideas including higher taxes on the wealthy and Medicare for all. 

The 2020 Democratic primary will be a diverse field with candidates including Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisPoll shows Biden, Warren tied with Trump in Arizona Rising Warren faces uphill climb with black voters Inslee drops out of 2020 presidential race MORE (D-Calif.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerOvernight Defense: Two US service members killed in Afghanistan | Trump calls on other nations to take up fight against ISIS | Pentagon scraps billion-dollar missile defense program ABC unveils moderators for third Democratic debate Sanders targets gig economy as part of new labor plan MORE (D-N.J.). 

The field also includes progressives, such as Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenKrystal Ball: Elites have chosen Warren as The One; Lauren Claffey: Is AOC wrong about the Electoral College? Poll shows Biden, Warren tied with Trump in Arizona McConnell rejects Democrats' 'radical movement' to abolish filibuster MORE (D-Mass.), who has proposed a wealth tax.

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie Sanders2020 candidates have the chance to embrace smarter education policies Bernie Sanders Adviser talks criminal justice reform proposal, 'Medicare for All' plan Poll shows Biden, Warren tied with Trump in Arizona MORE (I-Vt.), who ran on a platform targeting financial inequality in the 2016 Democratic primary, is expected to announce a decision on 2020 soon. 

Sanders on Thursday introduced legislation to expand the estate tax. 

"What's so great about our caucus now is that it's so rich in its diversity," Gottheimer said. "It's a sea change, and I think all of these different perspectives being brought to the table are going to be enormously helpful and make a real difference." 

— Julia Manchester