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Washington Governor Jay Inslee enters presidential race

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    New York Times: Jay Inslee, Washington Governor and Environmentalist, Enters 2020 Race

    I watched Jay Inslee get interviewed by Rachel Maddow last night. I had never seen him in public before but he did impress me. I really like what he had to say about Climate Change and what we need to do to save our planet. It is a top issue for me.

    I'll need to spend more time on where he stands on all the other issues, but here's an excerpt from the NYT article above.

    “He’s a true believer,” said Travis N. Ridout, a professor of government and public policy at Washington State University and longtime observer of Mr. Inslee. “He’s identified with climate change. Other than that, it’s hard to — at least in my mind — come up with signature policy focuses. The positive of that is that it’s hard to think of the big scandals he’s been involved in either. He’s fairly low drama. He’s not a firebrand.”

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    He's another moderate or "center-left" as the NYT article stated. I'll withhold judgment until I see a wider portfolio of what he would like to achieve in office other than a New Green Deal of sorts.

    It could be that one of these less known candidates will emerge in the debates and surprise everyone. For his part, Inslee is articulate and shows passion, at least on environmental issues. When emotions rule the choice, he could survive the competition.

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    It's pretty easy to stay up to date with Washington news living in northern Oregon, so Governor Inslee has been on my radar for quite some time. I have a lot of respect for him and think he's done a lot of good for the state of Washington, but his moderate (or, to Bernie or busters, far-right) stance on business will undoubtedly rile the feathers of the far-left purists in the party.

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    jaredsxtn Wrote:

    It's pretty easy to stay up to date with Washington news living in northern Oregon, so Governor Inslee has been on my radar for quite some time. I have a lot of respect for him and think he's done a lot of good for the state of Washington, but his moderate (or, to Bernie or busters, far-right) stance on business will undoubtedly rile the feathers of the far-left purists in the party.

    Jared, I doubt if he's suited; it looks like he's got no international experience at all; Oregon is more Canadian like than actually an Kentucky like; so he will run into the same problems as Bernie (Vermont) or Hillary did.
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    Dutch Wrote: Jared, I doubt if he's suited; it looks like he's got no international experience at all; Oregon is more Canadian like than actually an Kentucky like; so he will run into the same problems as Bernie (Vermont) or Hillary did.

    My canned response to anyone writing off a Presidential candidate due to their lack of international experience (or any experience, for that matter) will be "A reality television star is President of the United States."

    I actually think Governor Inslee would be a top-tier candidate if he were Governor of a state Democrats needed to win in the general election. He's a pragmatic liberal who doesn't think compromise is a four letter word. He's also helped guide his state into the top ten wealthiest states in the nation with a median household income of $67,106.

    If he were Governor of Pennsylvania and had the exact same accomplishments he'd undoubtedly be in the top echelon of candidates, but he's written off entirely by the press because he happens to lead a state in the Pacific Northwest.