Seth Moulton

Seth Moulton on the issues, in under 500 words

In this image, Seth stands in a winter coat outside and speaks into a microphone while gesturing with one hand.
Rep. Seth Moulton at a rally in Boston in March 2017. Photo: Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Editor's note: Moulton dropped out of contention for the Democratic presidential nomination on Aug. 23, 2019. Below is our original article on his candidacy.

Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.), a former Marine and Iraq War veteran, wants to stand out in the crowded 2020 race with his focus on national security, foreign policy and defense. However, he lacks name recognition nationally — a huge detriment in a massive Democratic field.

Seth Moulton ends his 2020 presidential campaign

Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.)
Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) announced Friday that he is dropping out of the 2020 presidential race during an address at the DNC's summer meeting in San Francisco.

The big picture: Moulton launched an unlikely campaign focused on his centrist policies and military experience. His exit further winnows a crowded Democratic field — made smaller in the past week by the withdrawals of John Hickenlooper and Jay Inslee — and he told the New York Times that he sees "a three-way race" between Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders "about how far left the party should go."