New Jersey-born presidential contender cuts his own path

Former Maryland Rep. John Delaney was the first Democrat with national political experience to formally announce a 2020 presidential campaign, and as some others began calling it quits, he told NJTODAY that he is not dropping out.

The New Jersey-born Delaney is a multimillionaire who insists he can unite the Democratic Party and take the White House back from Trump with a moderate agenda, despite the apparent thirst among voters for dramatic answers to urgent questions.

Like his fellow former congressman & New Jersey native, Jim Florio, John Delaney delights in standing out as a ‘flaming moderate’

Delaney announced his candidacy in July 2017.

Apparently hoping that it is true when they say ‘the early bird catches the worm’ Delaney also took a courageous path toward the center of a party that many activists feel has already drifted too far to the right.

Although his presidential effort has not gained traction reflected in polls, he did not seek re-election to the House of Representatives in 2018 and remains resolute in his pursuit of the White House, claiming center stage as a centrist.

Already it seems moderates like Joe Biden, Amy Klobuchar, Tim Ryan, and Delaney are holding a smaller ideological zone but it is also one that is clearing out.

The former vice president and a senator who represented the many-corporate home Delaware for 30 years, front runner status is likely to escape Biden once voters start looking at the race as a contest for the future. He has the most to lose and Biden is an icon of the past.

John Hickenlooper is already dropping out and Democrats in Washington, DC say Montana Governor Steve Bullock, is their best chance to up their number in the Senate, putting a lot of pressure on him.

Although Klobuchar shares Delaney’s moderate stance, she is probably hoping to be a vice presidential candidate on the Democratic ticket.

Ryan does not have wealth in the millions, according to his 2017 personal financial disclosure statement, which showed assets valued between $85,000 and $276,000, not including the value of his home. His liabilities fall between $215,000 and $500,000.

Billionaire Tom Steyer will shield him from becoming the brunt of attacks about his wealth, so Delaney can afford to stay in the race while representing a level of success that ordinary Americans may achieve.

Delaney battled with progressive front-runners in the Democratic debate, with Senator Elizabeth Warren taking a cheap shot at him that was perhaps the event’s most memorable line.

In one exchange, Delaney said “Democrats win when we run on real solutions, not impossible promises. When we run on things that are workable, not fairy tale economics.”

Warren responded: “I don’t understand why anybody goes to all the trouble of running for president of the United States just to talk about what we really can’t do and shouldn’t fight for.”

Delaney is the only Democratic presidential contender who supports the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the proposed trade agreement among Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, and the United States, which could not take effect after the United States withdrew its signature.

Republican President Donald Trump withdrew the United States on January 23, 2017, arguing that the agreement would undermine the U.S. economy and America’s independence.

Senator John McCain criticized the withdrawal, saying “it will send a troubling signal of American disengagement in the Asia-Pacific region at a time we can least afford it” but Senator Bernie Sanders applauded the move.

A sizable majority of American adults view foreign trade as conducive to U.S. growth rather than a foreign threat.

Many Americans believe trade improves human rights conditions by fostering pluralistic institutions and increasing open exchanges of information, but only if agreements protect regulated export industries that offer a minimum wage, benefits, and safety programs and progressive environmental protection provisions.

Delaney has sought, so far in vain, to make a name for himself as the pragmatic alternative to “Medicare for All,” the sweeping overhaul proposed by Sanders that is widely supported by progressives.

“I’m the only person on stage who understands the business,” said Delaney, who has worked in health-care finance, and believes Medicare for All “doesn’t add up.”

Sanders responded, “Maybe you did that and made money off of health care, but our job is to run a nonprofit health-care system.”

Born April 16, 1963, in Wood-Ridge, New Jersey, Delaney is Roman Catholic and a graduate of Columbia University, where he earned a B.S. in 1985; and Georgetown University Law Center, where he earned a J.D. in 1988.

He attended Columbia University on scholarships from his father’s trade union, the American Legion, the VFW and the Lions Club.

He practiced law briefly at Shaw, Pittman, Potts & Trowbridge in the late 1980s, after completing law school, and he was also the youngest CEO of a publicly traded company when his first company was listed on the stock exchange.

Delaney subsequently started and owned a health care company, a health care financier, plus a lender to small- or mid-sized businesses, and became one of the wealthiest members of the US Congress when he served as a representative from Maryland, according to a 2018 Roll Call analysis, which placed him as the sixth-richest, with a calculated net worth of $93 million.

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