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Delaney impresses

Former Maryland congressman John Delaney appears to be an underdog in his bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Nevertheless, we find him somewhat impressive.

Friday, Delaney spoke with reporters and editors at The Telegraph’s office on Main Street in downtown Nashua.

“I want to be the president that brings us back together. I want to be the president that gets things done,” he said during the interview.

Growing up in a blue-collar household, Delaney advanced to graduate from both Columbia University and Georgetown University Law Center. He was named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2004, while he earned a on Fortune Magazine’s 2017 list of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.”

Considering the aggressively divisive rhetoric of some on the political left these days, we found Delaney’s approach rather refreshing. For example, his proposal to raise the top tax rate on capital gains from its current level of 20 percent seems relatively reasonable, especially the way he frames it.

“If you invest for a living or work for a living, you should pay the same tax,” he said.

Capital gains taxes are paid by those who post earnings from the sale of stocks, mutual funds or other investments.

Conversely, the top income tax rate (for money earned through work) is 37 percent. Delaney favors the tax rates being equal.

Though Delaney opposes President Donald Trump’s plan for a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, he does not support the left-wing globalist agenda of open borders.

“The American people want border security,” Delaney acknowledged. “You want cameras and drones on the border.”

Delaney, who has been actively campaigning for president since mid-2017, currently ranks No. 10 on The Telegraph’s list of 2020 Democratic presidential contenders. We appreciate his thoughtful and measured outlook in seeking the nation’s highest office.

We hope we will be able to make similar statements about his primary opponents.