Harry Reid, former Senate Democratic Leader, had some ungracious words for his party’s presidential nominees. He is refusing some of their immigration and health care policies as too severe to echo with voters in a general election.
Reid, during a recently published meeting with Vice, mainly directed at “Medicare-for-all” and calls by many competitors to decriminalize illegal border crossings. The blunt-talking retired Nevada senator suggested any Democratic nominee working on these issues could face problems.
People want a just immigration system. They do not wish to open-doors for everybody to arrive at once,” Reid said in the interview with Vice when asked if supporting decriminalization could be harmful to Democrats in 2020. “Of course, it is.” Reid blamed Democrats of not having their priorities straight going into the election. “There are more important things to do. Decriminalizing border crossings isn’t something that should be at the head of the list,” he said, stating that “it should be way down at the bottom of the list.”
Reid also fought that his party has it wrong when it comes to health care by pushing for extreme new systems like “Medicare-for-all” instead of modernizing what voters already use. “I think that we should focus on improving ObamaCare,” he said, bring up a point that was previously made by former VP Joe Biden. “We can do that without bringing something that would be much more difficult to sell.”
As with the immigration policies upheld by many 2020 candidates, Reid said “of course” a platform of single-payer health care would be problematical for any candidate next year. “How are you going to get it passed?” he wondered. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is the most prominent advocate of “Medicare-for-all,” but the organization has steadily obtained support in current years, including from prominent freshman members of Congress. Reid is not sponsoring any candidates just yet as he is anticipating for the Nevada caucuses, which are arranged for Feb. 22, 2020, just weeks after the initial primary contests in New Hampshire and Iowa.