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Democrat John Delaney announced he is running for President

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Rep. John Delaney (D-Maryland) announced Friday that he is running for President in 2020.

"My candidacy is about putting our future first, which involves responding to the rapid changes occurring in the world, strengthening our economy, and building a new social contract that widens the doors of opportunity, makes people more secure, and ensures no one is left behind," Delaney said in a statement.

The 54-year-old moderate is the first Democrat to announce a bid for the White House. In Congress, Delaney frequently voted with the moderate "New Democrats" and has branded himself as socially liberal but fiscally conservative.

Delaney, who co-founded Health Care Financial Partners and CapitalSource, said he plans to "focus on preparing our country for the future," by pushing infrastructure and technological innovation.

"In the end, we won’t win by just attacking Trump, we’ll win as a party – and as a nation – when we focus on the facts and take on the tough issues that confront us, beginning with mastering the challenge of continued and accelerated innovation,” he said.

Delaney said partisanship and poor leadership in Washington has led to missed opportunities for improvement in American policy.

"Our government is hamstrung by excessive partisanship and the politics of small thinking. There’s no better proof of that than the dysfunction over health care – a cynical, political, deeply flawed and cruel approach to policymaking that we as a nation can no longer afford," he said.

Earlier this month he announced he would not be seeking reelection in Maryland's 6th Congressional District.

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“It didn’t feel right to run for re-election and then run for President. That’s standard politics, but I don’t intend to offer a standard campaign,” Delaney said in the statement.

Delaney's announcement was met with mixed reviews on Twitter.

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