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Old 11-12-2018, 05:29 PM
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RICHARD OJEDA, WEST VIRGINIA LAWMAKER WHO SUPPORTED TEACHERS STRIKES, WILL RUN FOR PRESIDENT

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RICHARD OJEDA IS running for president. Ojeda, a West Virginia state senator and retired U.S. Army major, lost his congressional bid in the state’s 3rd District on Tuesday, but saw the largest swing of Trump voters toward Democrats in any district around the country — overperforming 2016 by more than 35 points. Still, in a district that Donald Trump carried by 49 points, Ojeda, who rose to prominence because of his support for teachers strike in West Virginia, lost by 12 points.

Ojeda’s case for his candidacy is straightforward: The Democratic Party has gotten away from its roots, and he has a unique ability to win over a white, black, and brown working-class coalition by arguing from a place of authority that Trump is a populist fraud. He’s launching his campaign with an anti-corruption focus that draws a contrast with Trump’s inability to “drain the swamp.”

His authority — and one of his greatest liabilities — would come, in part, from his own previous support of Trump in the 2016 general election. After backing Sen. Bernie Sanders in the primary, Ojeda refused to support Hillary Clinton, seeing her as an embodiment of the party’s drift toward the elite.

“I have been a Democrat ever since I registered to vote, and I’ll stay a Democrat, but that’s because of what the Democratic Party was supposed to be,” he told The Intercept. “The reason why the Democratic Party fell from grace is because they become nothing more than elitist. That was it. Goldman Sachs, that’s who they were. The Democratic Party is supposed to be the party that fights for the working class, and that’s exactly what I do. I will stand with unions wholeheartedly, and that’s the problem: the Democratic Party wants to say that, but their actions do not mirror that.”
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Old 11-12-2018, 06:37 PM
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No? I knew about the guy before he announced his run for president. A pro-union military veteran with a strong tone and personality, running on an anti-establishment, populist left economic agenda? If he makes it to the primary season I believe Richard Ojeda would be a solid contender for the nomination. It's kinda dependent on Bernie and Joe Biden staying out though. They both would draw from the base, and those two have better name recognition which might choke out Ojeda. He's most certainly an underdog, but watch out if he does gain momentum. Dude would run very strong in the rust belt and the rural states if he made it to the general election.
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The DNC will chew you up like so much Bernie toast. But c'mon do your best, Sir.
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