Progressive group pushes ideas, not candidate

Progressive group pushes ideas, not candidate


DES MOINES | Rather than imploring U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts to run for president, one advocacy group is working to ensure Democratic candidates for president talk about issues common to Warren’s progressive agenda.

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee on Tuesday announced its effort to drive the Democratic discussion in the 2016 race for the White House with a petition urging candidates to campaign on “big, bold, economic-populist ideas.”

The group has circulated a petition signed by dozens of Democratic leaders, including former U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa, U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack of Iowa and former Iowa Democratic Party chairwoman Roxanne Conlin.

“Economic populism is alive and well in Iowa and across the heartland,” Conlin said in a media release. "The issues in this joint statement are so important to America, and bold populist ideas should be the center of our Democratic agenda in 2016."

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee says it will notify its nearly 1 million members urging them to press candidates on progressive goals such as debt-free college, expanding Social Security, creating clean energy jobs, reducing money in politics and breaking up “too-big-to-fail” Wall Street banks.

Polls show former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues to be the dominant favorite to secure the Democratic nomination for president in 2016.

Some Democrats, hoping for a more liberal candidate, have organized to draft Warren to run for president in 2016. Warren repeatedly has said she is not running.

A spokesman for the Republican National Committee said the Progressive Change Campaign Committee’s latest effort is a sign of “unrest among the Democrat faithful about Hillary Clinton.”



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