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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 08:00

House Democrats: We need new ideas to win majority

Written by  Paul Kane

You’re sure to get an earful asking a roomful of House Democrats if they can win back the majority just by running against President Trump.

“No,” shouted Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (Ill.

). “You can’t beat something with nothing.”

“That’s not true,” Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.) bellowed at the same moment, agreeing with Krishnamoorthi. “And people don’t need to be depressed even more than they are, they’re looking for hope.”

Two other Democrats nodded in agreement. “You even need me to answer that question,” Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) asked rhetorically.

That’s why Crowley, chairman of the Democratic Caucus, is helping launch several task forces designed to come up with actual legislative proposals that will form the backbone of slowly emerging “Better Deal” agenda of the House and Senate Democrats.

Democrats say they need a positive agenda to reshape the way middle-class voters view their party after last year’s disappointing showing, during which key Midwest battleground voters embraced Trump’s nationalist economic message.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is unveiling the new task forces at Wednesday’s caucus meeting. Their mandate is to take Democrats beyond just campaign slogans — such as “Stronger Together” or “I’m With Her,” the two well-intended themes of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Read more at WashingtonPost

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