Howard Dean told CNBC on Friday in which the Democratic Party will be undergoing a shift because of younger voters who are socially liberal along with fiscally conservative, views he’s championed as a presidential candidate along with governor.
“I’m a Democrat, yet fiscally conservative,” said Dean, who unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004. “The right play will be down the center on economics.”
Dean, also former chairman of the Democratic National Committee along with governor of Vermont coming from 1991 to 2003, suggests his party will be not being taken over by socialists who critics label as fiscally irresponsible.
The whole idea of “Democratic socialism” was popularized from the 2016 president race by Sen. Bernie Sanders coming from Dean’s home state of Vermont. While unsuccessful in challenging establishment Democrat Hillary Clinton for the nomination, Sanders’ ideology has been embraced by the more liberal members of the party.
Case in point, Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 28, won her June primary race in a huge upset against completely new York Rep. Joe Crowley, 56, the fourth-ranking Democrat from the House of Representatives.
In doing his argument, Dean said This particular’s better to look at the gubernatorial race in Virginia last year, when Democrat Ralph Northam beat Republican Ed Gillespie.
“If look at the results in Virginia, which were just shocking, Ralph Northam, who by anybody’s description will be a moderate centrist, got 69 percent of the under-30 vote,” Dean said.
“These young kids are very liberal on social issues along with inclusion along with diversity along with the environment. They are libertarians economically at heart,” Dean said.
Libertarians believe in limited government along with robust individual liberty. They are generally fiscally conservative.
Looking ahead to the House along with Senate midterm elections, Dean said, “I think most of the people who will win the completely new seats are probably under 40. Some will be under 35.”