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-CortezHillicon Valley: GOP lawmakers offer election security measure | FTC Dem worries government is 'captured' by Big Tech | Lawmakers condemn Apple over Hong Kong censorship Sanders seeks spark from Ocasio-Cortez at Queens rally Biden endorsed by former Connecticut senator, 51 Massachusetts leaders MORE (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyOvernight Defense — Presented by Boeing — House passes resolution rebuking Trump over Syria | Sparks fly at White House meeting on Syria | Dems say Trump called Pelosi a 'third-rate politician' | Trump, Graham trade jabs Senate confirms Trump's Air Force secretary pick Democratic senators condemn Trump for calling on China to investigate Bidens 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 CarterAmerica's workers and small business owners need the SECURE Act Cornyn faces toughest race yet in changing Texas Texas Republicans sound alarm about rapidly evolving state MORE (R-Texas), announced in April she would challenge Sen. John CornynJohn CornynTrump slams 'very dumb' O'Rourke for proposals on guns, tax exempt status for churches GOP cautions Graham against hauling Biden before Senate Succession at DHS up in the air as Trump set to nominate new head 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 PelosiCummings to lie in state at the Capitol House Republicans 'demand the release of the rules' on impeachment Overnight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union —Dem wants more changes to Pelosi drug pricing bill | Ebola outbreak wanes, but funding lags | Johnson & Johnson recalls batch of baby powder after asbestos traces found MORE (D-Calif.) dismissing it as “the Green Dream” earlier this year and Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinSchiff should consider using RICO framework to organize impeachment We need answers to questions mainstream media won't ask about Democrats The Hill's Morning Report - Trump grapples with Syria fallout MORE (D-Calif.) rebuking young activists who asked her to support the measure.