(CNN) — Senator Cory Gardner, a Republican from Colorado, said on Wednesday that party leaders “must” do more to “stop the radical left” from nominating candidates in the 2020 primaries who embrace policies like Medicare for All and government-run health care, as Democrats get ready to go on offense against President Donald Trump.
Speaking at a Bloomberg summit in Washington, D.C., Mr. Gardner said there were three core Republican principles at stake: The free market, constitutional government and American exceptionalism.
“We must speak out against candidates who co-sponsor measures that would turn Medicare into a socialized health insurance system, the abolition of the Second Amendment, the abolition of religious liberty, a government takeover of health care, nor policies that radically transform our First and Second Amendment rights,” Mr. Gardner said.
“We must also speak out against candidates who support illegal immigration, private school vouchers and the weakening of our national defense,” he added.
Mr. Gardner, who once endorsed his friend, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who won his home state’s presidential primary against Mr. Trump, said the party must stand up against candidates that promote abortion and same-sex marriage.
“These divisive wedge issues divide us and don’t unite us,” he said. “If the Republican Party does not stop the radical left from nominating candidates to turn our country’s vision for our future into a reality for America’s future we will face a major Republican blood bath in 2020.”
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