Rep. John Delaney among first Democrats to announce presidential campaign


    FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2018, file photo, Rep. John Delaney, D-Md., speaks to fairgoers during a visit to the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa. The 2018 midterms are barely history, but the next campaign is already in full swing in Iowa, home to the first caucus of the 2020 Democratic presidential nominating campaign. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

    WASHINGTON (SBG) - He's the first major Democrat to announce a run for president in 2020, and it's a name you probably won't recognize. But Rep. John Delaney is hoping all of that will change soon.

    The three-term Congressman from Maryland has already visited all ninety-nine counties in Iowa as he hopes to make an early mark in the Hawkeye State ahead of the first Democratic primary.

    “I think I’m the right person for the job and I have the right vision for the country, but a lot of people don’t know who I am. So the way I solve that problem, is getting in early and introducing myself to voters in Iowa.”

    Delaney hopes by meeting with voters he will help build his profile before other big name Democrats, from Bernie Sanders to Beto O'Rourke and former Vice President Joe Biden decide if they will jump into the race.

    Considering himself a moderate, Delaney brands himself as a problem solver, calling for optional national service and universal healthcare, but not medicare for all.

    The son of a construction worker who grew up in a blue-collar family, Delaney is also a self-made millionaire.

    But at the end of the day, Delaney says his primary focus is bringing the nation together.

    In this Oct. 6, 2016 photo, U.S. Rep. John Delaney speaks to retired school personnel during a candidates forum in Cumberland, Md. Delaney, a Democrat, is seeking a third term representing Maryland's 6th Congressional District. (AP Photo/David Dishneau)

    “I am not a candidate who wants to divide country further, there will be candidates who will run on this notion of it us versus them, and I don’t believe that. I think we are all in this together.”


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