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2020 Dem slams Green New Deal: As realistic as Trump’s claim that Mexico will pay for wall

Greg Nash

Former Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) on Thursday slammed the Green New Deal, an environmental and energy plan touted by progressives, stating that the proposal is as realistic as President Trump’s claims that Mexico will pay for his proposed U.S.–Mexico border wall.

“The Green New Deal as it has been proposed is about as realistic as Trump saying that Mexico is going to pay for the wall. Let’s focus on what’s possible, not what’s impossible. #GND #GreenNewDeal,” Delaney, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, tweeted Thursday.

Delaney first came out against the proposal Sunday in an interview with New Hampshire media outlet WMUR9.

{mosads}“I actually don’t think the Green New Deal is the way to go,” he said. “The reason is that I want to do something about fixing climate change tomorrow. I don’t want to tie it to fixing health care.”

His comments come after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) introduced the climate change resolution last week. The nonbinding proposals have a goal of creating millions of “good, high-wage jobs” by working toward net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.

The plan has become a lightning rod for the party’s progressive base, with several 2020 candidates including Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), coming out in support of the deal.

Other Democratic presidential candidates have expressed skepticism about the proposal.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), who announced her presidential bid Sunday, said she views the Green New Deal as “aspirational.”

“I see it as aspirational. I see it as a jump-start. So I would vote ‘yes,’ but I would also — if it got down to the nitty-gritty of an actual legislation as opposed to, ‘oh, here are some goals we have,’ that would be different for me,” she said Tuesday.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced Tuesday that the Senate would hold a vote on Green New Deal legislation in an effort to force undeclared Democrats to take a stance on the proposal.

Tags Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Amy Klobuchar Climate change policy Cory Booker Donald Trump Ed Markey Elizabeth Warren Green New Deal John Delaney Kirsten Gillibrand Mitch McConnell

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