For Democratic Presidential Hopefuls, a Trail Paved With Regret

By Amy Walter in the Cook Political Report –

The Washington Post’s James Hohmann had a smart insight into the early jockeying for the 2020 Democratic nomination. He noted that many of the early entrants into the race — as well as some potential candidates — were spending a lot of time apologizing.

Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Bernie Sanders, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, and former Vice President Joe Biden have already publicly atoned for positions, policies or activities that are no longer considered appropriate for the more left-leaning Democratic primary electorate.

Not long after she announced her candidacy on Steven Colbert’s show, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand showed up on set with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow where she was asked about her conservative voting record on guns and immigration when she represented upstate New York in the mid-aughts.

“Well I don’t think it was driven from my heart,” she told Maddow about her past positions. “I was callous to the suffering of families who want to be with their loved ones. So looking back, I really regretted that I did not look beyond my district and talk about why this is an important part of the United States story.”

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Ken Feltman is past-president of the International Association of Political Consultants and the American League of Lobbyists. He is retired chairman of Radnor Inc., an international political consulting and government relations firm in Washington, D.C. Known as a coalition builder, he has participated in election campaigns and legislative efforts in the United States and several other countries.
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