‘You represent everyone’: Rep. Jared Golden seeks second term in Congress

Democratic Rep. Jared Golden is seeing a second term representing Maine’s 2nd Congressional District.Golden won two years ago by a narrow margin in the nation’s first House race decided by ranked-choice voting.The 38-year-old Congressman is a Democrat in a district that supported President Donald Trump in 2016. It is a dynamic that has defined his first term.Republicans argue Golden’s voting record is out of step with constituents, including the impeachment of the president.”I’m not gonna hide from that,” Golden said.In an interview with WMTW News 8 over the summer, Golden defended his vote to impeach Trump for pressuring Ukraine to open a politically motivated investigation into Joe Biden.”Foreign influence in our democracy is unacceptable. It’s a bright red line. The president abused his power, and I voted to hold him accountable for that,” Golden said.Even with siding with Trump’s position only 11% of the time, Golden ranks in the top five House Democrats who work with the administration.On health care, Golden, differs from the Trump administration. He was one of 118 House co-sponsors of “Medicare For All” in 2019, generally understood to now mean replacing private insurance with a government as a single-payer system. Today, Golden said that is not what he wants.”Medicare For All was not a specific bill with a series of different provisions. Now that it is, I don’t like that provision that would ban private insurance,” Golden said.He supports the option to buy into Medicare earlier than the current eligibility age of 65.On trade, Golden opposed Trump’s rewrite of the North American Free Trade Agreement, the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.”Most of these trade deals completely make a mockery and undermine Buy American laws that we passed in Congress to try and incentivize purchasing by the American government of American-made produce and products,” Golden said.Golden served as a Marine in Afghanistan and Iraq and calls himself a consistent supporter of law enforcement.”Calls for defunding the police are completely wrong and moving us in the wrong direction,” Golden said.His election, along with other national security Democrats in 2018, helped give the party its House majority.”I understand what this job is about – it’s about service. It’s not about me.” Golden said. “You don’t just represent the people who agree with you on everything, or the Democrats, or the Republicans. You represent everyone.”Golden faces Republican challenger Dale Crafts. There are no other candidates on the ballot.

Democratic Rep. Jared Golden is seeing a second term representing Maine’s 2nd Congressional District.

Golden won two years ago by a narrow margin in the nation’s first House race decided by ranked-choice voting.

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The 38-year-old Congressman is a Democrat in a district that supported President Donald Trump in 2016. It is a dynamic that has defined his first term.

Republicans argue Golden’s voting record is out of step with constituents, including the impeachment of the president.

“I’m not gonna hide from that,” Golden said.

In an interview with WMTW News 8 over the summer, Golden defended his vote to impeach Trump for pressuring Ukraine to open a politically motivated investigation into Joe Biden.

“Foreign influence in our democracy is unacceptable. It’s a bright red line. The president abused his power, and I voted to hold him accountable for that,” Golden said.

Even with siding with Trump’s position only 11% of the time, Golden ranks in the top five House Democrats who work with the administration.

On health care, Golden, differs from the Trump administration. He was one of 118 House co-sponsors of “Medicare For All” in 2019, generally understood to now mean replacing private insurance with a government as a single-payer system. Today, Golden said that is not what he wants.

“Medicare For All was not a specific bill with a series of different provisions. Now that it is, I don’t like that provision that would ban private insurance,” Golden said.

He supports the option to buy into Medicare earlier than the current eligibility age of 65.

On trade, Golden opposed Trump’s rewrite of the North American Free Trade Agreement, the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

“Most of these trade deals completely make a mockery and undermine Buy American laws that we passed in Congress to try and incentivize purchasing by the American government of American-made produce and products,” Golden said.

Golden served as a Marine in Afghanistan and Iraq and calls himself a consistent supporter of law enforcement.

“Calls for defunding the police are completely wrong and moving us in the wrong direction,” Golden said.

His election, along with other national security Democrats in 2018, helped give the party its House majority.

“I understand what this job is about – it’s about service. It’s not about me.” Golden said. “You don’t just represent the people who agree with you on everything, or the Democrats, or the Republicans. You represent everyone.”

Golden faces Republican challenger Dale Crafts. There are no other candidates on the ballot.