Delaney on Delaney: ‘Leadership on Full Display’

    Like the nine other Democratic presidential candidates he shared the stage with in Miami Wednesday night, former Maryland congressman John K. Delaney has declared victory.

    Delaney was in the first half of the two-day debate of Democratic White House contenders, which aired on NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo. Part 2 is Thursday night beginning at 9 p.m.

    Delaney’s campaign sent out an email at 12:20 a.m. — one hour and 20 minutes after the debate ended — with the subject line, “Delaney Shines at First DNC Debate.”

    The news release featured a statement from Delaney’s national press secretary, Michael Starr Hopkins, which said in part: “What we just witnessed was leadership on full display. Unlike many of the candidates in this race, Congressman Delaney understands that we won’t win back the White House with impossible promises and bumper sticker solutions. We’ll beat President Trump by offering real, practical solutions that can be implemented on day one of a Delaney Presidency. Tonight was a huge win, not just for our campaign, but for the American people. Facts still matter.”

    The news release helpfully provided a transcript of everything Delaney said during the two-hour scrum. He took questions on — or butted in during discussions of — health care, climate change, a living wage, bipartisanship, and impeaching President Trump.

    “I just don’t want to be your president to be your president,” Delaney said during his 45-second closing statement. “I want to be your president to do the job. This is not about me. This about getting America working again.”

    According to The Hill newspaper’s political correspondent Reid Wilson, Delaney had six minutes and 17 seconds of air time — good for seventh on the list. Of the candidates, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker spoke the most — 10 minutes and 35 seconds — while Washington Gov. Jay Inslee spoke the least, four minutes and 41 seconds.

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    Josh Kurtz
    Founding Editor Josh Kurtz is a veteran chronicler of Maryland politics and government. He began covering the State House in 1995 for The Gazette newspapers, and has been writing about state and local politics ever since. He was an editor at Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper, for eight years, and for eight years was the editor of E&E Daily, which covers energy and environmental policy on Capitol Hill. For 6 1/2 years Kurtz wrote a weekly column on state politics for Center Maryland and has written for several other Maryland publications as well. Kurtz regularly gives speeches and appears on TV and radio shows to discuss Maryland politics.