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Moulton Says It Won't Be Easy For Democrats To Retake The White House

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Democratic Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts says impeachment proceedings against President Trump should begin "tomorrow."

The final presidential candidate to speak at the Iowa State Fair says it won’t be easy to defeat President Donald Trump in 2020.  Massachusetts Democratic U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton said Democrats will need a remarkably diverse coalition behind the eventual nominee.

“A coalition that includes everybody in the Democratic Party,” he said Saturday at the Des Moines Register’s Political Soapbox. “And we’ve gotta get everyone to turn out.  We can’t leave anybody out.  But also includes independent voters. Some Obama-Trump voters, I’m sure there are some of you here today.  And even some disaffected Republicans.”

Moulton told a crowd of a few dozen people that he’s running to uphold values in the country.  He said those include basic human rights, a woman’s right to choose whether to have an abortion or not, access to affordable healthcare, and equal justice for people of all color.  Moulton said justice must start at the top.

“And that means impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump should begin tomorrow,” he said to cheers from many in the audience. “Because, in America, nobody, no matter rank, privilege, title, color of their skin, or office that they hold, puts them above the law.”

Moulton did not offer specifics on why the president should be impeached.

On health care, Moulton said he favors offering a public option that will compete with private insurers and drive health care costs down.  He compared it to the competition FedEx and UPS provide to the U.S. Postal Service.

Moulton is among those far behind current Democratic frontrunners in polling and fundraising in the crowded field.  He is not likely to meet the party’s requirements for polling numbers or number of campaign donors in time to be considered for next month’s debate in Houston.

Michael Leland is IPR's News Director