Dem Primary Up to 19 Candidates as Latest Democrat Joins The Fold

Democratic Congressman Seth Moulton announced on Monday morning that he is joining 18 of his Democratic colleagues seeking to win the Democratic nomination to take on Trump in 2020.

Moulton, a Representative of Massachusetts’s 6th congressional district since 2015, announced his presidential bid during “Good Morning America” with ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos.

“I’m here to tell you, and to tell America, that I’m running for president of the United States,” Moulton said during the interview, via ABC News. “I am running because I am a patriot and I love this country. I never wanted to sit on the sidelines when it comes to serving it. That’s why I joined the Marines [and] that’s why I first ran for Congress.”

Moulton swiped Trump in the announcement, calling him the “most divisive president in American history.”

“I returned home and decided to run for Congress because I realized that a lot of Americans are feeling betrayed by Washington the same way that we did in Iraq. Ask anyone who’s lost their job to a changing economy, or a child to opioids, or has to choose between heat and food in the winter, they’re feeling forgotten,” Moulton said in a video announcement on Twitter.

“I’m running because we have to beat Donald Trump, and I want us to beat Donald Trump because I love this country,” he continued in the video. “We’ve never been a country that gets everything right. But we’re a country that, at our best, thinks that we might. I’d be honored if you’d join me in this mission,”

Here’s more from ABC News:

At 40, he’s the second-youngest candidate, three years older than Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, whom Moulton has described as a friend and fellow veteran. He’s also the third candidate who represents Massachusetts, joining fellow Democrat Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Gov. Bill Weld, the first Republican to challenge President Donald Trump ahead of the primaries.

Moulton is also one of many Democrats from Capitol Hill to join the race, including potential front-runners like Warren, Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California — not to mention other Democrats who don’t currently hold office in Washington but are making a splash, like Buttigieg and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke.

Asked how he will set himself apart, Moutlon said his campaign would focus on service, security and patriotism.

“Well, first of all I’m going to talk about patriotism, about security, about service, these are issues that for too long Democrats have ceded to Republicans and we’ve got to stop that, because this is actually where Donald Trump is weakest, we’ve got to take them on these issues, on these core values that make us strong, and that’s what I’m going to do in this campaign,” Moulton answered via the report. “This is going to be a campaign anchored in service, in security, and in patriotism.”

CNN reports Moulton joins the Democratic primary alongside Senator Bernie Sanders, former Congressman Beto O’Rourke, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Cory Booker, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Senator Amy Klobuchar, former Governor John Hickenlooper, Governor Jay Inslee, Congressman Eric Swalwell, Congressman Tim Ryan, former Obama Admin official Julián Castro, former Maryland Congressman John Delaney, spiritual author Marianne Williamson, entrepreneur Andrew Yang, and Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam.