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First presidential candidate bus stops in Estherville

Delaney announced his candidacy for the 2020 Democratic nomination

August 13, 2018
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

John Delaney is not a tease. While other candidates vacillate or provide coy answers to whether they will run for president in 2020, Delaney announced over a year ago, July 28, 2017. The Maryland representative already has name recognition in Iowa.

Delaney was on his fourteenth trip to Iowa, and said he has made over 100 stops.

The last time a sitting member of the House of Representatives won the presidential election, however, was James Garfield in 1880.

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Saturday afternoon, Delaney's bus stopped at the VFW in Estherville where he started his talk by saying he wants to end the divisiveness across the U.S. and bring people together.

Delaney grew up in working-class origins, a fact confirmed by his sister, Diane, who is traveling with Delaney, his wife, April, and one of their four daughters, who fell asleep on the bus after a stop for ice cream.

Delaney stressed the importance of unions in American life, adding that he went to college in part on a union scholarship. That step on the ladder led to major entrepreneurial success. He became the youngest CEO of a company on the New York Stock Exchange, ultimately founding two successful companies.

"There came a point April and I decided we wanted to dedicate the rest of our lives to public service," Delaney said.

Delaney's book, The Right Answer, is about bringing people together outside of party lines.

"The Republican Party has lost 20 percent of its membership since the 2016 election," Delaney said.

Delaney said the solution is to gather a coalition of Americans with common interests, chiefly in demanding that representatives in Washington D.C. work for the people who elected them.

"Our government is thwarted by excessive partisanship. We are letting critical opportunities to improve the country bypass us. And the hardest thing to get a conversation started about is the most important thing: the future," Delaney said.

Delaney said Emmet County was one President Obama won in 2008 but had gone Republican in the last two cycles.

"In order to take back the White House, Democrats have to show up and listen to concerns of the people who think the party has left them behind."

As of yesterday, Delaney finished his tour of all 99 counties in Iowa.



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