The First Democrat Running For President Is A Pro-Business Moderate

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Jacquelyn Martin / AP

Rep. John Delaney, a 54-year-old moderate Maryland Democrat and former banking executive, said Friday in a Washington Post op-ed that he is running for president against Donald Trump, entering the 2020 race a full three years before the election.

“It is time for us to rise above our broken politics and renew the spirit that enabled us to achieve the seemingly impossible,” Delaney said in the piece. “This is why I am running for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States.”

Delaney, a congressman with no national profile outside Washington, D.C., will forgo both a run for Maryland governor in 2018 and a run for reelection in the state’s 6th congressional district, focusing solely on