Delaney Tops All Democratic Candidates in Lugar Center Bipartisanship Rankings

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
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FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS, MD – John Delaney received the highest score for bipartisanship among all Democratic presidential candidates according to new data released today by The Lugar Center.

On Tuesday, The Lugar Center released their Bipartisan Index rankings for the 115thCongress, a non-partisan tool that measures the degree to which lawmakers work across party lines. Nine presidential candidates served in the 115th Congress, and Delaney received the highest score by a significant margin.

Delaney has vowed only to advance bipartisan bills during his first 100 days in office.Delaney’s first television spot stressed his campaign’s focus on bipartisanship.

“My campaign is about bringing the country together, changing the tone in Washington, and finding common ground so we can actually improve people’s lives,” said Delaney.

2018 Bipartisanship Scores for Democratic Presidential Candidates (higher = more bipartisan)

  1. John Delaney (1.093)
  2. Amy Klobuchar (0.760)
  3. Beto O’Rourke (0.333)
  4. Tulsi Gabbard (0.323)
  5. Elizabeth Warren (-0.356)
  6. Kirsten Gillibrand (-0.811)
  7. Cory Booker (-0.879)
  8. Kamala Harris (-1.298)
  9. Bernie Sanders (-2.032)

According to The Lugar Center: “The Bipartisan Index measures how often a member of Congress introduced bills that succeed in attracting co-sponsors from members of the other party, and how often they in turn co-sponsor a bill introduced from across the aisle. The Index excludes non-binding resolutions and ceremonial bills. It is based on a formula applied uniformly to all members. No subjective judgments are made about individual members or bills. The Index serves as a critical resource for voters and the media and, its sponsors hope, encourages lawmakers to be more bipartisan when writing or co-sponsoring legislation.”