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Two American lefts compete for a chance to defeat Trump

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15.02.2020

The self-professed socialist candidate has a social democratic electoral program. Meanwhile, the young and energetic mayor of a small town was catapulted to fame after a fawning New York Times editorial entitled 'The First Gay President?'

written by Guido Moltedo

Topic U.S. Politics

February 15, 2020

The left of labor or the left of inclusion. At the end of the vote tally for the Democratic primary in New Hampshire, Bernie Sanders’ narrow victory over Pete Buttigieg was a mirror image of the outcome of the Iowa caucuses a week earlier.

The self-professed socialist candidate has an election platform with many program points that are proudly social-democratic. Meanwhile, the young and energetic mayor of a small town in the Midwest, South Bend, Indiana, was catapulted to fame after a fawning New York Times editorial entitled “The First Gay President?”

On the one hand, there is the left-wing America, which has never found a voice at the highest levels of political representation, and which is now discovering an incredible momentum with the enthusiasm of many young activists; on the other, there is the America of civil rights, open and pluralistic, in tune with the innovations of our time and an advocate of change, but with moderation and pragmatism.

There is no one candidate in the race that can represent and hold together these two orientations, which don’t have to be antagonistic to each other—like,........

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