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April 12, 2018 Delaney brings early-bird campaign to Washington
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The 2018 mid-term elections are still seven months away, but for about an hour last Thursday, some eyes in Washington were turned toward 2020.

Democratic Maryland Congressman John Delaney brought his early-bird presidential campaign to Dodici’s Shop, where he spoke to a group of Washington County Democrats on Thursday afternoon.

Delaney touched on a number of subjects, including the escalating trade war with China.

He said that the trade war gives Democrats an opportunity to discuss the issue with Iowa voters that the party has lost over the years.

“The point we should be making is that the Republican Party right now is having a debate amongst themselves as to whether we want an 1850s economy or a 1950s economy,” Delaney said.

Delaney also discussed education, and how he feels preschool and two years of college or trade school should be guaranteed to all students.

On healthcare, he said that the changing landscape of employment shows that access to healthcare should be looked at differently.

“My dad was a union electrician, and he had the job for 60 years,” he said. “That’s the way it used to be, and it made sense to have your healthcare tied to your job. Now, people have four or five jobs.”

Delaney was asked how he would bring the two parties together.

“You have to make it clear to the American population that you represent all of them,” he said, adding that in the first 100 days, he would focus on working on issues that have bipartisan support.

He also said that because of his background in business, he believes in using market solutions to tackle progressive issues.

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