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

New Jersey Rep. Josh GottheimerJoshua (Josh) GottheimerBlockchain could spark renaissance economy Omar controversies shadow Dems at AIPAC Booker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements 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 HarrisThe Memo: Trump faces steep climb to reelection California Democrats face crisis of credibility after lawsuits Feehery: A whole new season of 'Game of Thrones' MORE (D-Calif.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerDe Blasio pitches himself as tough New Yorker who can take on 'Don the con' Sanders pledges to only nominate Supreme Court justices that support Roe v. Wade From dive bars to steakhouses: How Iowa caucus staffers blow off steam MORE (D-N.J.). 

The field also includes progressives, such as Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe Memo: Trump faces steep climb to reelection Feehery: A whole new season of 'Game of Thrones' Overnight Energy: Warren wants Dems to hold climate-focused debate | Klobuchar joins candidates rejecting fossil fuel money | 2020 contender Bennet offers climate plan MORE (D-Mass.), who has proposed a wealth tax.

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Trump faces steep climb to reelection California Democrats face crisis of credibility after lawsuits Fox's Brit Hume fires back at Trump's criticism of the channel 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