Massachusetts House candidates discuss identity on Powerhouse Politics Podcast

They don’t disagree much on policy. But they could hardly look or sound more different when they propose how they will serve in politics.

A Democratic primary battle in a progressive district that includes parts of Boston and nearby left-leaning suburbs speaks to the larger struggle in the Democratic Party over how best to proceed in the age of President Donald Trump.

On ABC News’ Powerhouse Politics podcast, neither incumbent U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano nor his challenger, Boston City Council member Ayanna Pressley, named specific policy differences, with both supporting a broad swath of progressive policy proposals – but both cited aspects of their identity in making their pitch to voters.

Pressley, the first African-American woman to serve on the Boston City Council, noted to host Rick Klein and guest host MaryAlice Parks that her own experience and identity would help her distinguish herself and legislate differently from Capuano.

“People often say that, other than my age, race and gender, we are the same, which, on its face, I’m perplexed by that statement. Those are three major differences, all of which have formidably shaped my worldview,” Pressley said.

In Capuano’s eyes, however, it’s nearly impossible to truly…

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