After winning a heated race to the left against Tom Perriello to become the Democrat nominee for Virginia governor, Ralph Northam is desperately trying to change his well-earned liberal image to win in November. Despite campaigning as the “most progressive” candidate for governor, Northam has called those labeling him as a liberal “confus[ed]” in recent TV appearances. But after going farther left than any candidate in Commonwealth history to win the Democrat nomination, Northam’s sudden change of tone isn’t fooling anyone.
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"It’s easy to ascribe that victory to the support Northam enjoyed from virtually all of the Virginia Democratic establishment. But the insider-outsider framework is probably too simplistic to explain his triumph. Northam, after all, embraced or adopted much of the policy framework of the progressive community.Though he said he is 'not there' on a Medicare-for-all approach as an alternative to Obamacare, he has called for a public option for insurance coverage, Medicaid expansion in his state, investments in preventive care and electronic medical records, and tougher approaches to pharmaceutical companies, including when addressing the opioid epidemic."