Delaney: 2020 Dem primary a choice between socialism and a 'more just' form of capitalism

Former Rep. John DelaneyJohn Kevin DelaneyFive things to watch as AIPAC conference kicks off Here's what the Dem candidates for president said about the Mueller report Booker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements MORE (D-Md.) said Tuesday that the 2020 Democratic presidential primary is a "a choice between socialism and a more just form of capitalism."

“By any measure, we are going to have a very strong field of candidates running and that’s good for the country and good for the Democratic Party," Delaney, who declared his candidacy in 2017, said in a statement. "Democrats are actually pretty united on our policy goals: we want everyone to have health care, we want everyone of every background to have a chance to live the American Dream, and we know that we have to act on climate change. The debate before us is how we get there."
 

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“This primary is going to be a choice between socialism and a more just form of capitalism. I believe in capitalism, the free markets, and the private economy. I don’t believe socialism is the answer and I don’t believe it’s what the American people want. I don’t believe top-down, government-only approaches are the right answer."

Delaney's statement came the same day self-described democratic socialist Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersHow to stand out in the crowd: Kirsten Gillibrand needs to find her niche Biden, Sanders edge Trump in hypothetical 2020 matchups in Fox News poll O'Rourke tests whether do-it-yourself campaign can work on 2020 stage MORE (I-Vt.) announced his 2020 presidential campaign.

Since Sanders placed second in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary, the party has moved to the left on issues like minimum wage and universal health care, which the senator has championed.

Support of democratic socialism, which is difficult to accurately or consistently define, has become an issue for several 2020 candidates.

The Democratic Socialists of America say the term indicates support for the notion that the economy and society should be democratically run "to meet public needs."

Sanders has embraced the political identifier, while some moderate candidates like Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHow to stand out in the crowd: Kirsten Gillibrand needs to find her niche Top Dem: 'Certainly a possibility' that Congress will call Barr, Mueller to testify publicly Biden, Sanders edge Trump in hypothetical 2020 matchups in Fox News poll MORE (D-Calif.) have disavowed it.

"The people of New Hampshire will tell me what’s required to compete in New Hampshire, but I will tell you I am not a democratic socialist,” Harris said at a campaign stop in the state on Monday. Sanders won New Hampshire's Democratic primary in 2016.