A new survey published Friday morning by Rasmussen Reports—on the heels of two nights’ worth of debates by 20 Democratic presidential candidates—shows that 54 percent of respondents think most of the candidates are “more liberal than they are.”
On top of that, according to Rasmussen, “Nearly half (48%) of voters now feel it is accurate to describe the agenda of most of the Democratic presidential hopefuls as extreme.” That number surpasses the 36 percent who think their agendas are “mainstream,” which suggests that a third of voters have tilted rather far to the left.
One indisputable fact emerging from the debates is that at least some of the candidates are tripping over one another in their race toward the extreme on gun control. California Rep. Eric Swalwell reiterated his proposal to ban so-called “assault weapons” with a mandatory “buy back” program (which translates to confiscation with token reimbursement), and California Sen. Kamala Harris declared she would “give the United States Congress 100 days to pull their act together, bring all these good ideas together and put a bill on my desk for signature, and if they do not, I will take executive action and I will put in place the most comprehensive background policy we’ve had.”
Former Vice President Joe Biden fell back on a cliché: “If more guns made us safer, we would be the safest country on Earth.”
He also suggested that he would mandate “smart gun” technology.
“We should have smart guns,” Biden said. “No gun should be able to be sold unless your biometric measure could pull that trigger. It’s within our right to do that; we can do that. Our enemy is the gun manufacturers, not the NRA — the gun manufacturers.”
Sen. Cory Booker from New Jersey contended that gun owners should be licensed, comparing that to being licensed to drive. But driving is a privilege and owning a gun is a constitutionally-protected right. Several people reacting to a report about this in NJ.Com think Booker needs a refresher course on the Constitution.
The Rasmussen survey found something else: There is a high degree of public interest in the campaign so far. Eighty percent of respondents say they have “closely followed the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.” More than half of those people say they have followed the race “very closely” and 49 percent of those voters think the candidates are more liberal than they are.
There should be no question that Democrat presidential candidates lean to the political left, some farther than others. Emerging from the pack was Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii. As reported earlier, she left a few of the more publicized candidates, who have been getting far more media attention, in the dust.
On the other hand, former Vice President Joe Biden got clobbered by Harris over civil rights issues, and he seemed at times to stammer while looking for the right things to say.
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