Former Rep. John DelaneyJohn DelaneyDirect air capture is a crucial bipartisan climate policy Lobbying world Coronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Rep. Rodney Davis MORE (D-Md.), who is seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2020, pledged Sunday that he would focus solely on bipartisan proposals during his first 100 days in the White House if elected.
"What the American people are really looking for is a leader to try to bring us together, not actually talk like half the country’s entirely wrong about everything they believe, focus on where we have common ground, talk about big things for our future and really do things differently," he said during an interview on ABC's "This Week."
"One of the things I’ve pledged is in my first hundred days only to do bipartisan proposals," Delaney added.
Former Maryland Rep. John Delaney, the first Democrat to jump into the 2020 race, calls for bipartisanship and says if he were elected president, he pledges to "only to do bipartisan proposals" in his first 100 days in office https://t.co/P6iz1j1VA4 #ThisWeek pic.twitter.com/Q0y2OHY60I— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) January 13, 2019
Delaney formally announced his bid for the presidency in 2017, becoming the first Democrat to enter what is likely to be a crowded primary.
More recently, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenSenate Democrats propose corporate minimum tax for spending package The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Budget negotiators: 72 hours and counting Democrats face critical 72 hours MORE (D-Mass.) announced an exploratory committee for president and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro (D) officially announced that he is running.
When asked Sunday if introducing strictly bipartisan proposals would mean putting "Democratic priorities on the back burner," Delaney said the first 100 days need to be used to show the American people "that we can actually start solving problems."
"Then you start talking about some of the big things we need to do to build a better future," Delaney told "This Week" host George Stephanopoulos, adding that he supports universal health care and legislation to combat climate change.