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Democratic Hopefuls Vow to Plow Past Gridlocked Congress to Keep Promises

  • Candidates plan executive action on guns, immigration, climate
  • Tough campaign talk reflects expectations of partisan gridlock
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2020 Dems Feud To Beat Trump

Many of the Democrats running for president are vowing to use executive action to deliver on campaign promises from gun control to raising the minimum wage, breaking with a tradition of paying lip-service to bipartisanship on the stump.

Commitments to unilateral action have become a go-to campaign tool this year in response to a political landscape where congressional gridlock and GOP threats to thwart Democratic proposals have all but ended any hope of bipartisan cooperation on contentious issues.