CNN's Don Lemon Claims Democrats Are 'Centrist Party'

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In spite of all the solidly liberal positions that Democratic politicians adopt in order to win their party's nomination for various offices, CNN host Don Lemon on Monday claimed that the party is actually a "centrist party" as he and liberal contributor Joe Lockhart discussed the popularity of the far-left Bernie Sanders. At one point, Lemon bragged, “I've been giving people the facts about the Democratic party that it's actually a centrist party, right?”

The CNN Tonight host brought up recent polling results that listed the many candidates still competing on the Democratic side, and asked if more contenders need to drop out soon. In his response, Lockhart argued that the Democratic competition is currently going fine as candidates are being tested in their campaigning abilities, and described the party as "center-left" citing the health insurance issue:

 

 

JOE LOCKHART, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: My worry about Senator Sanders is very specific to the numbers. He doesn't represent a majority of the Democratic party. The Democratic party is a center-left party, not a far-left party. Medicare for All is not popular among Democrats when you take away the private health insurance option.

Lemon then interrupted and recalled that he has argued for a couple of years that the Democratic party is "centrist." Lemon:

DON LEMON: I understand that, and I have been saying that, I don't know, for years now since we've had this whole -- well, actually, since 2018 -- since we've had this whole thing about, you know, "the Democrats are moving to the left," and "it's socialist," and on and on and on. And so I've been giving people the facts about the Democratic party that it's actually a centrist party, right? It's actually a more moderate -- most people make up the more moderates. But Bernie Sanders does motivate people. He inspires people. He has an army of people that show up at his rallies. They have 7,500 people tonight. You cannot discount that.

Lockhart also described the party as "centrist" in spite of Sanders supporters as he responded:

LOCKHART: It's a very important part of the party because he does bring in new people. He does motivate them. And if he can figure out a way to expand his base to bring in the center of the party, then he'll be a very strong nominee. He just hasn't done much there. But he's got this very high floor. He's going to have 25 to 30 percent of the voters now that Elizabeth Warren seems to have faded a bit and if, you know, while all the moderates all fight each other, the numbers are going to look good for him. But, at some point, it's going to come down to a fight in the party about where we are. And I wouldn't say it the way James Carville said it, but we are a centrist party.

On the subject of health care, it was not mentioned that a recent poll found that most Iowa Democratic caucus voters were in support of enacting single-payer health care that would do away with private health insurance.

Below is a transcript of the relevant portion of the Monday, February 10, CNN Tonight:

CNN Tonight

2/10/2020

11:51 p.m. Eastern

JOE LOCKHART, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: Exactly what's going on right now is what should be going on. We're going to find out who can throw a punch, who can take a punch, and we're going to take the strongest candidate on the field. My worry about Senator Sanders is very specific to the numbers. He doesn't represent a majority of the Democratic party. The Democratic party is a center-left party, not a far-left party. Medicare for All is not popular among Democrats when you take away the private health insurance option.

DON LEMON, HOST: So let me jump in here. I understand that, and I have been saying that, I don't know, for years now since we've had this whole -- well, actually, since 2018 -- since we've had this whole thing about, you know, "the Democrats are moving to the left," and "it's socialist," and on and on and on. And so I've been giving people the facts about the Democratic party that it's actually a centrist party, right? It's actually a more moderate -- most people make up the more moderates. But Bernie Sanders does motivate people. He inspires people. He has an army of people that show up at his rallies. They have 7,500 people tonight. You cannot discount that.

LOCKHART: No, I don't discount it. When I say it's a minority part, it's a very important part of the party because he does bring in new people. He does motivate them. And if he can figure out a way to expand his base to bring in the center of the party, then he'll be a very strong nominee. He just hasn't done much there. But he's got this very high floor. He's going to have 25 to 30 percent of the voters now that Elizabeth Warren seems to have faded a bit and if, you know, while all the moderates all fight each other, the numbers are going to look good for him. But, at some point, it's going to come down to a fight in the party about where we are. And I wouldn't say it the way James Carville said it, but we are a centrist party.

 

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