Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill

Top Senate Democrat joins push for populist campaign agenda

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks during a press conference on Capitol HillBy Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top Democrat in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday joined a grassroots effort from the progressive wing of the party to encourage presidential candidates to adopt populist policies as they begin their campaigns. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada is among more than 5,000 lawmakers and party leaders who have signed on to the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. Two weeks ago it launched a “Ready for Boldness” campaign that aims to ensure the eventual Democratic presidential nominee supports policies such as expanding Social Security retirement benefits, breaking up big banks and debt-free higher education. All of the issues have been championed by Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, but she has said repeatedly she will not seek the party’s nomination.

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