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Democratic hopefuls carve a niche in crowded field

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Democratic hopefuls carve a niche in crowded field

Democratic hopefuls carve a niche in crowded field

Democratic presidential hopeful John Hickenlooper, a two-time former governor of Colorado, called on Friday for beefing up U.S. anti-trust laws, part of a business-friendly yet progressive agenda, while U.S. congressman Seth Moulton criticized rivals Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren on Friday, saying they were so liberal they risked handing President Donald Trump a second White House term.

Tamara Lindstrom reports.

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Democratic hopefuls carve a niche in crowded field

With big-name candidates like Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden racking up donations in the race to become the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee, some lesser-known contenders are hoping their ideas will stand out in a crowded field.

Two men aiming to gain support across party lines -- U.S. congressman Seth Moulton and former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper.

Hickenlooper found success as an entrepreneur and announced Friday his progressive yet business-friendly agenda that includes beefing up anti-trust laws and taking down non-compete agreements to help encourage new business.

SOUNDBITE (English) JOHN HICKENLOOPER, SAYING: "Capitalism is based upon competition.

I think we should be aggressively looking at everything we can do to make sure we have more competitive landscapes." He's hoping campaign ideas like this will strike a chord with voters nationwide.

SOUNDBITE (English) JOHN HICKENLOOPER, SAYING: "All those moderate Republicans and Independents and all those Democrats are going to want someone who can have a demonstrated record of bringing people together that oftentimes didn't like each other and getting things done." Congressman Seth Moulton also counting on moderate policies to attract widespread support.

SOUNDBITE (English) SETH MOULTON, SAYING: "We can't go too far left or we'll lose middle America.

We'll lose the independent voters that were critical to winning back the House in 2018." Moulton said his candidacy would gain traction by focusing on foreign policy, but when it comes to the competition, the Massachusetts representative and Iraq war vet came out swinging.

SOUNDBITE (English) SETH MOULTON, SAYING: "Bernie wants to change us into a socialist country and we're not a socialist country.

I don't know that Elizabeth Warren considers herself a socialist.

But I do think that some of her ideas go too far.

" A representative from Sanders' campaign responded that Sanders is doing well in polls because he is a "champion for working people." Elizabeth Warren's campaign did not comment.




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