Massachusetts has a third entry in the 2020 presidential sweepstakes with the announcement by Marine veteran and three-term Democrat Congressman Seth Moulton that he is seeking the Democrat nomination.

Moulton, who served four tours of duty in Iraq, led the challenge to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's leadership last year. He brings credibility to the table.

Moulton is a Democrat from one of the most liberal zip codes on the planet but at 40 years old, Moulton brings a youthfulness to a race already dominated by old guys.

In announcing his candidacy on Monday morning, Moulton was quick to point out that while he is a Democrat, he is not a socialist, though many of his policy ideas are just more of the same old stuff that the socialists like Bernie Sanders are peddling.

Moulton believes that the Trump Administration's insistence that our allies carry their share of the burden is somehow abandoning those allies. I see anything less as a weakness. Moulton also supports government-run health care and is a supporter of the ridiculous Green New Deal legislation. Just more of the same old, same old.

Unlike the other two showboaters who are running from Massachusetts, Democrat Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Governor Republican Governor Bill Weld, Moulton appears to have conviction and his street cred cannot be denied. Unfortunately, Moulton's ideas are really not much different than the other couple of dozen Democrats expected to seek their party's nomination.

Thank you for your service to your country and for your willingness to step up, Congressman Moulton, but I'm afraid your direction for America differs too greatly from mine to consider giving you my vote next year.

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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