Opinion: Party division poses a big problem for Democrats in 2020
With the 2018 Midterms behind us, the country now turns toward the 2020 Election cycle, including what is sure to be a hotly contested reelection race for President Trump.
President Trump will continue to be an active and strong campaigner.
Potential Democrat candidates -- Sens. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Corey Booker and Kamala Harris -- want to take their party in a radical direction of open borders and single-payer healthcare.
Other rumored candidates, such as former Vice President Joe Biden and former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe represent the centrist, pro-business, “old guard” of the Democrat party.
There’s also a chance that Democrats go local and nominate a former mayor in either Mitch Landrieu from New Orleans, or Eric Garcetti from Los Angeles.
Headed into 2020 you'll hear a lot about how the GOP is equally as divided as Democrats. Ignore that
However, the president’s approval rating is at about 90 percent among Republicans. The “never trump,” movement is now largely a figment of imagination perpetuated by the flood of former Republican operatives who are paid to make frequent appearances on the networks so they can bash the president and the GOP.
Here's the bottom line: Right now, there are too many competing messages and varying factions vying for the Democratic nomination for there to be a clear path to victory in their primaries.
Democrat candidates will have to declare their intentions very soon. It will be interesting to see which direction the party chooses to take in trying to defeat a very formidable candidate, and unquestionably leader of the Republican party in President Trump.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.