Republican Rep. Scott Taylor of Georgia is a former GOP congressman from Georgia who’s running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
He’s the first openly gay person to enter the race.
Taylor was on the verge of dropping out of the race last week, but decided to continue running after he saw support from other Democrats who felt he had an unfair advantage.
Here are a few things to know about Taylor.
He says his race will be about issues that affect all of us.
Taylor said his biggest goal is to “fight for a country that is more open and less guarded and more welcoming and tolerant and just as open and tolerant of minorities.”
He wants to make the country “more inclusive” and “more progressive.”
He’s also concerned about the impact of “the Trump administration’s war on public lands, and its war on science and science education and scientific research.”
He believes the Republican Party is in crisis and needs to be saved.
Taylor, who said he wants to “be a catalyst” to get things back on track, says he’s optimistic that a lot of Republicans are still undecided about whether they should vote for him.
He’ll need to win over at least half the voters who support his opponent, Rep. Joe Garcia, a Republican.
Garcia, who lost to Taylor by just 7,000 votes, said his campaign has “been an extraordinary success.”
He doesn’t believe the election will be a choice between two major party candidates.
He said he’s running as a progressive “who is trying to be a part of a party that’s inclusive, a party where people of color and women and LGBT people are welcome and supported.”
He thinks the election should be about policy, not personality.
Taylor is a lifelong Democrat and has endorsed Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, who has been endorsed by Vice President Joe Biden.
He is running on a platform of building bridges to the African American community.
He will also try to raise money to support his campaign and has hired a pollster to help him with his messaging.
He feels the Democratic Party is a “dying party.”
He said his platform is about “making America great again.”
He believes he can bring about a change in the way the country is governed and said he hopes to bring about changes that will benefit everyone.
He has “a passion” for helping people.
He described his experience working with homeless people as “the most amazing experience I’ve ever had.”
He also said he believes that “we need to start looking at the big picture and see how we can be more effective in reaching out to all Americans, and that is something that I believe we need to be doing.”
He also feels that Democrats are losing control of the House.
He cited a recent survey showing that 47 percent of Americans support Trump’s agenda.
He hopes to use his platform to “make the Democratic party the governing party that we’ve been waiting for.”
He views Democrats as a “corporate party” that has failed in terms of its policies.
He pointed out that Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is “an old woman” who “is running for reelection.”
Taylor is not running as an independent but as a Democrat in a Republican-dominated House.
He sees Democrats as the party of the rich, the rich that “has the power.”
He added, “The rich are really out of control.
They’re taking advantage of people, and they’re exploiting people.”