I was thinking about various politicians who, at the beginning of their campaigns (usually presidential campaigns), held opinions typically associated with "left" or "liberal" ideology, and who, over the course of the campaign season, would shift gradually towards more centrist positions. I was trying to recall the term for this type of political tactic; does anyone know what it is?
I'm reasonably confident it is not "triangulation;" the way I understand triangulation is that one presents themselves as "above" the typical left-right dichotomy (as Bill Clinton did during his reelection campaign), which is not quite the same as this left to center shift. Any input would be sincerely appreciated. Cheers.
Edit: I was thinking more about this left to center shift specifically. For example, Elizabeth Warren started her campaign this cycle by supporting Medicare for All, and then once she gained some traction, she seemed to back off the idea (leaning more towards a public option). This is a recurring theme in Democratic primaries, and I was wondering if there was something specific about this particular type of shift.