CNN hosts 2020 town hall at SXSW
Former Rep. John Delaney explained his criticism of the progressive-backed Green New Deal on Sunday, arguing that climate change is so critical it needs realistic solutions, not something that can’t be achieved.
“It is a time for bold solutions. But we also have to put our shoulder behind things that can actually get done,” he said. “Because climate, Jake, is not like other issues. We have an infrastructure issue in this country. But if we wait five years to deal with our infrastructure, it’s a missed opportunity. But it doesn’t get exponentially worse so we have to deal with climate change right away.”
Delaney said he would get a bipartisan carbon tax bill passed in his first year as president. “We have to have a goal around climate that’s realistic,” he said on Sunday.
Delaney had previously said that the Green New Deal was “as realistic as Trump saying that Mexico is going to pay for the wall.”
Former Maryland Rep. John Delaney wants universal health care, but he said a government-only solution is "not the right answer."
"We shouldn't have health care tied to people's jobs. So we need universal health, but a theme of my campaign is being honest about the problems and honest about the solutions. Right? Having a government-only solution to health care is not the right answer," he said.
His proposal, he said, would be to leave Medicare alone.
Here's how Delaney described his plan:
"That's the right solution to the problem we have in health care," he added. "It provides everyone with access. It keeps a vibrant, private market, and it will ensure that Americans have high-quality health care and good access, right, and we can do things to control the cost of health care."
Former Rep. John Delaney has been running for President since 2017, but the Maryland Democrat told CNN earlier this year that one of the key mistakes he has made is not explaining his blue-collar roots.
That changed at the outset of his CNN town hall, when Delaney, who is worth millions and formerly ran two publicly traded companies, responded to a question on his wealth by noting his upbringing.
Delaney previously told CNN he and his campaign could probably "do better" at explaining his upbringing.
“For someone who, in many ways, is from the other side of the tracks and has to fight for everything I have gotten, you learn to be as professional as possible because that is what you have to do," he said.
John Delaney has been running for president for almost two years -- he was the first Democrat to announce his campaign way back in 2017.
Here's what he told CNN's Jake Tapper he learned about the experience:
Rica Llagas knows how hard it is become a US citizen.
The 19-year-old San Marcos student migrated to the US in 2006 and became a US citizen in 2013.
Today, she wants to hear directly from the candidates about their plans to make immigration more comprehensive.
She also wants to know how they plan to help students deal with mounting debt that come with college loans.
Former Maryland Rep. John Delaney will take the stage soon at the Moody Theater at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas.
After his hour is up, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard will take questions for an hour at 8 p.m. ET, followed by Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, at 9 p.m. ET.
Here's what it looks like inside the Moody Theater:
Rep. John Delaney, a former congressman from Maryland, was the first Democrat to announce his campaign in July 28, 2017.
A self-made businessman, Delaney at one point was the youngest CEO on the New York Stock Exchange. Delaney has been running the longest, but is still working to gain name recognition.
He launched with a Washington Post op-ed titled "Why I'm Running For President" and campaign announcement video. In his op-ed, Delaney wrote that he was running in hopes America could "rise above our broken politics and renew the spirit that enabled us to achieve the seemingly impossible."
Watch his campaign video: