FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, file photo, former San Antonio Mayor and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro speaks during an event where he announced his decision to seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, in San Antonio. Castro launched his campaign by pledging support for “Medicare for All,” free universal preschool, a large public investment in renewable energy and two years of free college for all Americans. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Democrats lurch left on top policies as 2020 primary begins

January 22, 2019 - 12:27 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Free health care? Free college? Job guarantees?

Welcome to the 2020 presidential primary. Virtually no policy prescription is too liberal for Democrats fighting to win over their party's base, which is demanding bold action on America's most pressing challenges.

Among two dozen possible candidates, practically all have embraced universal health care in one form or another. Some have rallied behind free college, job guarantee programs, a $15 minimum wage and abolishing — or at least reconstituting — the federal agency that enforces immigration laws.

While few have outlined detailed proposals to fund their priorities, most would generate new revenue by taxing the rich.

President Donald Trump and his Republican allies are betting that voters will ultimately reject the Democratic proposals as extreme.