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Mitsch Bush backed Green New Deal, Medicare for All in failed 2018 run..

Colorado Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush has backtracked on her past support for Medicare for All and the Green New Deal in an effort to win over voters in a highly contested swing district.

When Mitsch Bush ran for Colorado’s Third Congressional District in 2018, she pushed for a Green New Deal and Medicare for All. Bush now condemns both policies, removing them from her current platform in order to campaign as a “pragmatic progressive” on the trail.

The candidate employed similar rhetoric as she backed away from her past support for Medicare for All. In 2018, the candidate called affordable health care a “right,” assuring voters she would work toward expanding national health care policy. Mitsch Bush has walked back that stance, emphasizing that she would only fight to safeguard Obamacare, rather than push for a public option.

The Colorado Republican Party accused Mitsch Bush of misrepresenting her record, as well as dodging public debates with Republican nominee Lauren Boebert.

“Diane Mitsch Bush is refusing to leave her basement or debate Lauren Boebert because she knows that she can’t defend her extreme campaign platform, which is based on her support for the costly Green New Deal and Medicare for All,” Colorado GOP spokesman Joe Jackson told the Washington Free Beacon.

Mitsch Bush has painted herself as a “pragmatic progressive” since winning the Democratic primary by running to the left of her primary opponents.

Mitsch Bush lost her 2018 race to Rep. Scott Tipton (R., Colo.) by 8 points. She is now running against political outsider and pro-gun mother Lauren Boebert, who edged out Tipton in the GOP primary.

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