Progressive activist: Democratic nominee will 'need to ride a little bit to the center'

Progressive activist Scott Dworkin said Monday that whoever wins the Democratic nomination will need to be able to appeal to moderate voters in order to beat President TrumpDonald TrumpUkraine's president compares UN to 'a retired superhero' Collins to endorse LePage in Maine governor comeback bid Heller won't say if Biden won election MORE in the 2020 election.

“That person’s going to need to unite and they’re going to need to ride a little bit to the center,” Dworkin, co-founder and lead investigator of advocacy group the Democratic Coalition, told Hill.TV during an interview on “Rising.”

“This is a true progressive saying that, but that’s just the truth because otherwise it will boost Donald Trump’s chances,” he added.

Dworkin predicted that former President Barack Obama will hit the campaign trail and be a uniting force among Democrats.

“Somebody’s going to have to unite us — President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaTo Build Back Better, improving Black women's health is a must Rahm Emanuel has earned M since leaving Chicago's city hall: report 60 years after the Peace Corps, service still brings Americans together MORE is going to have a lot to do with that,” he told Hill.TV. “And you’ll see him campaign at a level that it seems like he’s running in 2020.”

Dworkin joined “Rising” to discuss a new book series, the “Meet the Voters Guide,” which seeks to give voters unbiased insight into each of the two dozen Democratic contenders.

“These people are really accomplished and there’s a lot more to them than catchphrases and derogatory terms or hits against them, so we want to make sure that we explain that with the positive and negatives in the book,” he told Hill.TV.

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenUkraine's president compares UN to 'a retired superhero' Biden touts 'progress' during 'candid' meetings on .5T plan Biden to tap law professor who wants to 'end banking as we know it' as OCC chief: reports MORE continues to lead the crowded Democratic field in both national and statewide polls.

According to a University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll released Monday, Biden is the top pick among Democratic voters in the Lone Star State. Home-state candidate Beto O’Rourke, meanwhile, came in second with 15 percent support. 

—Tess Bonn