Salem, MA– As expected, U.S. Representative Seth Moulton (D) has announced his 2020 presidential candidacy. Moulton made the news public this morning on ABC's Good Morning America show, saying: "I’m here to tell you and to tell America that I’m running for president of the United States." Here's his campaign video.
Moulton is the latest Democrat to declare a run for president in the 2020 election. (Now there are 20 politicians running for the Democratic nomination.) Moulton is a three-term U.S. representative, resident of Salem, MA, and an Iraq War veteran. He says that his presidential campaign is aiming to “bring this country back together,” reports WHDH.
People started to wonder about Moulton as a presidential contender as far back as 2017. Leading up to last year's congressional election, Moulton worked to encourage other Democratic military veterans to seek election. "It’s time for the generation that fought in Iraq to take over for the generation that sent us there," he said.
Like all of the Democratic presidential hopefuls, Moulton has been critical of President Trump and his "Make America Great Again" campaign rhetoric. Moulton recently spoke out against President Trump's veto of a plan that would have ended U.S. military assistance to Saudi Arabia for the country's war in Yemen, which has seen more than 70,000 deaths since 2016 as a result of the conflict. Moulton also objects to President Trump's plan to build a wall along the Mexican border.
Moulton supports the Green New Deal and is calling for health care improvements, referring to health care as “a right every American must be guaranteed.” He has also said he would push for stricter gun laws and an end to the Electoral College.
Right now, money could turn into a challenge for this presidential candidate, as his campaign has yet to reach one million dollars in funding. As of March this year, the campaign fund had around $723,000.
Moulton is the third political figure from Massachusetts to announce his presidential campaign. The others are U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D) and former Massachusetts Governor William Weld (R) who will challenge President Donald Trump for the Republican primary nomination.