Democratic Presidential Contenders Hiding Their Positions

For those interested in what policies the 2020 Democratic presidential contenders stand for, the most obvious source of information is often the most mysterious. Several of the candidates’ websites make their positions difficult to identify, leaving the public to scrutinize their records and public statements instead.

Candidates may be trying to avoid alienating part of the Democratic voter base while also protecting themselves from potential right-wing attacks on far-left policies.

"They are fully aware that the Trump team is keeping tabs on this insane policy race to the left," Republican strategist and political analyst Ford O'Connell told the Washington Examiner. "They are literally trying to kowtow to the Democratic base any way possible while trying to keep their powder dry should they eventually face off against Trump.

The bare-bones websites are a change from those of top candidates in previous presidential campaigns. In the 2008 cycle, GOP candidate and eventual presidential nominee Sen. John McCain and President Barack Obama displayed long lists of positions soon after announcing their candidacies.

Read more from Emily Larsen at the Washington Examiner

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