The race against Collins, a Republican, is expected to be one of next year's most expensive
They have Gideon pegged as the nominee. National
The slight is animating Sweet, a
The different approaches of Sweet and Gideon of
Gideon contrasted bipartisan actions in the
"We need a champion and that's who I promise to be for all of you," she said.
Sweet said "raising a ton of money" for "negative ads" and "nibbling around the edges" on policy won't work. She floated a proposed constitutional change to create a publicly funded federal election system, limit campaigns to 12 weeks and allow only individuals to give to campaigns.
"What is exciting people around this country are bold ideas like a Green New Deal, like Medicare for all, like eliminating student debt," she said in reference to proposals from congressional progressives that are litmus tests in the Democratic presidential primary.
Gideon hasn't discussed policy much so far. In her stump speech, she called for "bold, immediate action on climate change" and said "affordable, quality health care" is a "human right." In an interview, she stopped short of backing the Green New Deal and Medicare for all.
She said she supports "a public option so everyone can buy into Medicare," reminiscent of a proposal from former Vice President
At a Wednesday town hall event in
She ran using
Their supporters also embody a subtle Democratic split.
"You're not going to beat
At Sweet's town hall in
"I think Betsy has a better chance of winning the general election and making a difference once she gets elected," Gosline said.
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