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-CortezOcasio-Cortez claps back after article on her dress: 'Sequins are a great accessory to universal healthcare' Democrats working to ensure Trump's second term Ocasio-Cortez announces slate of all-female congressional endorsements MORE (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyKennedy, Markey neck-and-neck in Massachusetts primary: poll Overnight Energy: EPA to regulate 'forever chemicals' in drinking water | Trump budget calls for slashing funds for climate science centers | House Dems urge banks not to fund drilling in Arctic refuge Democratic senators criticize plan that could expand Arctic oil and gas development 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 CarterGun control group plans to spend million in Texas in 2020 Democrats launch bilingual ad campaign off drug pricing bill Overnight Defense: Erdoğan gets earful from GOP senators | Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract decision in court | Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families MORE (R-Texas), announced in April she would challenge Sen. John CornynJohn CornynOcasio-Cortez announces slate of all-female congressional endorsements Trump Medicaid proposal sparks bipartisan warnings Senate braces for fight over impeachment whistleblower testimony 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 PelosiImmigrants who seek opportunity should comply with longstanding American values Trump's intel moves spark Democratic fury Buttigieg sounds alarm after Sanders wins Nevada MORE (D-Calif.) dismissing it as “the Green Dream” earlier this year and Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinCalifornia lawmakers mark Day of Remembrance for Japanese internment Democratic senators ask DOJ watchdog to expand Giuliani probe House passes bipartisan bill to create women's history museum MORE (D-Calif.) rebuking young activists who asked her to support the measure.