Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) warned Americans that it won’t just be self-described Democratic Socialist Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) who pushes socialism from the Democratic primary — it’s every candidate.
So far, 21 Democrats have entered the 2020 presidential primary with a goal of taking down President Donald Trump. Although some candidates are proud to embrace far-left policy proposals, like Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), other Democrats are running more moderate campaigns.
While candidates like former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) may be playing to middle-of-the-road voters, McConnell claimed he doesn’t believe they would run the Oval Office from the middle.
During an interview on Fox News Thursday night, McConnell told host Sean Hannity that he believes any of the 2020 Democrats would set America on a path toward socialism, especially when it comes to government-controlled health care.
“Even the [candidates] who declare themselves moderates will say, with regard to health care, that they want the public option. There won’t be any private health insurance if you have the public option because the government will always sell you the insurance cheaper. So, no matter how they choose to characterize themselves, you can bet that whether it’s Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, or somebody else, the nominee for president on the Democratic side is going to be on a path to try to turn America into a socialist country.”
Although McConnell clearly has his concerns about the 2020 Democratic candidate pool, he doesn’t seem too worried about them finding success passing a socialist agenda — at least not with him in control of the Senate.
“We’re not going to let that happen. Donald Trump’s still in the White House and as long I’m majority leader in the Senate, I get to set the agenda. That’s why I call myself the grim reaper. We will not have the Green New Deal, we will not have Medicare-for-none as long as I’m majority leader of the Senate.”
While it’s impossible to know how the Democratic candidates would handle the Oval Office, McConnell is corrected that most of the top-tier candidates have endorsed some type of big-government, socialist proposal, including the Green New Deal, Medicare for All, and tuition-free college.