Delaney: Democratic 2020 front-runners 'vulnerable for different reasons'

Delaney: Democratic 2020 front-runners 'vulnerable for different reasons'
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Presidential candidate and former Rep. John DelaneyJohn DelaneyCoronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Rep. Rodney Davis Eurasia Group founder Ian Bremmer says Trump right on China but wrong on WHO; CDC issues new guidance for large gatherings The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas says country needs to rethink what 'policing' means; US cases surpass 2 million with no end to pandemic in sight MORE (D-Md.) said the front-runners in the Democratic primary are "vulnerable for different reasons." 

Delaney told CNN on Monday that the Democratic Party needs a "pragmatic idealist" as its candidate and said he doesn't believe the three candidates leading in the polls — former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Campaign Report: Runoff elections in Texas, Alabama set for Tuesday Biden campaign slams White House attacks on Fauci as 'disgusting' Biden lets Trump be Trump MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOVERNIGHT ENERGY: EPA declines to tighten smog standards amid pressure from green groups | Democrats split on Trump plan to use development funds for nuclear projects| Russian mining giant reports another fuel spill in Arctic Biden lets Trump be Trump Democrats split on Trump plan to use development funds for nuclear projects MORE (I-Vt.) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenIn politics, as in baseball, it ain't over till it's over Trump defends Roger Stone move: He was target of 'Witch Hunt' Democrats blast Trump for commuting Roger Stone: 'The most corrupt president in history' MORE (D-Mass.) — fit the bill.

"I think what we need in this election is we need new ideas for the challenges we face, which are very significant," Delaney said. "But we need someone who can actually craft solutions to these challenges in ways a majority of American people can get behind them."


Delaney said that Sanders and Warren lean too much toward being idealistic without pragmatism, and said it could be "dangerous" if either became the nominee.

The former representative cited their goals to ban private insurance and decriminalize border crossings as unlikely to gain the needed public support.

"I just don't think a significant majority of the American people are behind these things, and that's a problem," he said. 

Delaney added that the former vice president hasn't presented many new solutions.

Polls have repeatedly shown Biden leading, followed by Sanders and Warren in either second or third place, depending on the survey.

Delaney failed to qualify for the debate set to take place this week, but said he does not intend to drop out any time soon.

“I don’t have any pressure — financial pressure or political pressure — to drop out of the race,” Delaney told The Hill last month.