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George Will 'staggered' at how much time 2020 Democrats spend 'talking about things they know are not going to happen'

Conservative columnist George Will says he is "staggered by the amount of time Democratic candidates for president” in 2020 spend “talking about things they know are not going to happen."

The remarks from Will, an MSNBC and NBC News commentator as well as a syndicated Washington Post columnist, came after 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.) and former Colorado Gov. John HickenlooperJohn HickenlooperDemocrats frustrated, GOP jubilant in Senate fight Chamber-endorsed Dems struggle on election night OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Down ballot races carry environmental implications | US officially exits Paris climate accord  MORE (D) were heavily booed over the weekend at a California Democratic Party convention after arguing against running on socialist ideas in the fight for the party’s nomination to take on President TrumpDonald John TrumpMinnesota certifies Biden victory Trump tells allies he plans to pardon Michael Flynn: report Republican John James concedes in Michigan Senate race MORE.

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"I hate to give the kiss of death to someone like former Congressman Delaney or former Governor Hickenlooper, but they know where the public’s pulse is," Will told MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle on Wednesday morning. "I’m staggered by the amount of time Democratic candidates for president are spending talking about things they know are not going to happen." 

"Abolish the Electoral College they promise," he gave as an example before later adding, "Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden teams to meet with Trump administration agencies Biden: 'Difficult decision' to staff administration with House, Senate members Ossoff, Warnock to knock on doors in runoff campaigns MORE says that we will eliminate private health insurance. She’s walked that back a bit, but who knows. No, they are not. It is a very odd way to begin a presidential campaign by saying that we will offend 20 million Americans who have other sources of private health insurance and rather like it.”

“You could like John Delaney any or John Hickenlooper, but if the ultimate goal for the Democratic Party is to defeat Donald Trump, what is the right move, to shift to the middle or shift to the left?” asked anchor Stephanie Ruhle. 

“Shift to the middle. I keep in my pocket — I’m going to need a bigger card," Will explained. "These are all the things that they have said that cause the American public to say these people are weird, they are not talking about things that I care about. Terrorists in prison should be allowed to vote. End private health insurance. Pack the Supreme Court, be — abolish the Electoral College, ‘Green New Deal,’ impeach the president, reparations for slavery. The country hears these individually and they say I’m not for that." 

Twenty-four candidates are running in the 2020 Democratic primary, with former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenMinnesota certifies Biden victory Trump tells allies he plans to pardon Michael Flynn: report Biden says staff has spoken with Fauci: 'He's been very, very helpful' MORE leading the pack in polling with a RealClearPolitics average of 34.9 percent support.