Texas Democratic Senate candidate says she does not support Green New Deal

Texas Democratic Senate candidate says she does not support Green New Deal
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Democratic Texas Senate candidate M.J. Hegar explained her opposition to the Green New Deal at a party luncheon Wednesday.

Hegar said climate change was an existential threat to her children and said “aggressive action” was needed.

But Hegar said she did not support policies like the Green New Deal, which has been championed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezTlaib says Trump 'scared' of 'Squad' The Memo: Dangers loom for Trump on immigration Students retreating from politics as campuses become progressive playgrounds MORE (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyMoulton drops out of presidential race after struggling to gain traction Joseph Kennedy mulling primary challenge to Markey in Massachusetts Overnight Energy: Trump sparks new fight over endangered species protections | States sue over repeal of Obama power plant rules | Interior changes rules for ethics watchdogs MORE (D-Mass.)

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“I feel like so often we are attaching so many things to the key thing that we’re trying to accomplish that it politicizes it and makes it if you disagree with it, you’re a climate change denier, or if you agree with it, then you’re a socialist,” she told a questioner in the event audience.

“And it’s just so much oversimplification and talking point nonsense and finger-pointing,” she added, saying that she often felt like she was “washing the windows on a bus going off the cliff.”

Hegar, an Air Force veteran who narrowly lost to Rep. John CarterJohn Rice CarterDemocrats keen to take on Cornyn despite formidable challenges Texas Democratic Senate candidate says she does not support Green New Deal Population shifts set up huge House battleground MORE (R-Texas), announced in April she would challenge Sen. John CornynJohn CornynThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump hews to NRA on guns and eyes lower taxes The Hill's Morning Report - Trump on defense over economic jitters Democrats keen to take on Cornyn despite formidable challenges MORE (R-Texas) in 2020.

The sweeping environmental proposal has been a point of contention between the party’s centrist and progressive flanks, with House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Pelosi11 Essential reads you missed this week Pelosi asks Democrats for 'leverage' on impeachment Is there internet life after thirty? MORE (D-Calif.) dismissing it as “the Green Dream” earlier this year and Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinTrailer shows first look at Annette Bening as Dianne Feinstein Trump administration urges Congress to reauthorize NSA surveillance program The Hill's Morning Report - More talk on guns; many questions on Epstein's death MORE (D-Calif.) rebuking young activists who asked her to support the measure.