Posted on 2/12/2018, 4:29:58 PM by Oldeconomybuyer
Democrats need a positive platform – not just anti-Trump sentiment – to win in this fall’s midterm elections, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Monday.
“You cannot just run against Donald Trump,” the New York Democrat said. “It is the job of we Democrats to put together a strong, cohesive economic group of proposals aimed at the middle class and those struggling to get there.”
It was Trump’s ability to connect with those voters, particularly working- and middle-class whites in the industrial midwest, that delivered him the presidency in 2016.
But the president’s poor approval ratings, Democrats’ ability to flip a string of Republican-held seats in recent elections, and the party base’s fury over Trump’s actions have encouraged many top Democrats to focus more on Trump than on their own platform.
That’s a “mistake,” Schumer said.
Voters want to hear what Democrats will do to create the environment for their economic security and prosperity, he argued.
“There’s a lot of discontent in America, people don’t have faith in the future,” Schumer said. “We have always been the party of economic advancement, and I think we’ve lost some sight of that.”
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