MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis. (Reuters) – Kim Mahoney listened from her reclining living room couch as Democratic presidential candidates debated economic, trade and environmental policies this week, needing only to look to her backyard to see how lofty political pledges can really play out.
Once a middle-of-the-road Democratic voter, the 50-year-old paralegal lives in the last house standing in a neighborhood razed for a planned technology plant.
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President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans have touted the project for promising to create 13,000 jobs in Wisconsin’s Racine County, a pivotal area in a state considered a battleground in U.S. presidential races. Trump unexpectedly won Wisconsin in 2016.
Skeptical of a plant and jobs slow to materialize, Mahoney’s experiences have fueled her interest in the sweeping government reforms endorsed by her party’s ascendant left wing. She now embraces government-run healthcare and immigration leniency.
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“What conservatives are doing is hurting people,” Mahoney said, explaining that as a “rules-follower” she once struggled with immigration amnesty but now recoils from Trump’s hardline policies. “When you have government not following the rules too, I’m just going to side more for human decency.”
She dismissed U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders’ “crazy hair, crazy left ideas” during his unsuccessful bid for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination won by Hillary Clinton. Yet this week, he topped her list of preferred candidates as he fended off more moderate candidates’ attacks on his proposals.
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U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren also impressed her as genuinely concerned about helping people. Mahoney said she would gladly give up her costly employer-provided insurance and pay higher taxes for guaranteed medical coverage under the “Medicare for All” government-run healthcare plan backed by Warren and Sanders.
While less certain about newer liberal proposals such as legalizing recreational marijuana and paying reparations to African Americans descended from slaves, Mahoney considered the moderate Democratic candidates debating on back-to-back...
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