In Washington Tuesday, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-New York) said “democrats must embrace government” if his party is ever going to be in the majority again. He made the remarks as part of a prognosis for the Democratic Party, having lost the Senate in the 2014 midterm elections.
Schumer spoke at the National Press Club in downtown Washington Tuesday. The number three Democrat in the Senate outlined why he thinks his party lost in the elections for both houses of Congress. “The 2014 election results can be explained this way,” he said. “During 2013, neither party convinced the middle class that they had an effective way to get them out of this morass, that they had an effective plan to create good jobs and raise incomes.”
The Chair of the Senate Democratic Policy and Communications Center continued, attributing several government failures, including Obamacare, the border crisis, the VA scandals, and the Ebola outbreak, for his party’s ultimate fall in this year’s election.
“When government failed to deliver on a string of non-economic issues – the rollout of the Obamacare exchanges, the mishandling of the surge in border crossers, ineptitude at the VA, initial handling of the Ebola threat – people lost faith in government’s ability to work, then blamed the incumbent governing party – Democrats – creating a wave.”
Still, Schumer argued that the American public wanted a more “active government” to revive the middle class and stressed his party must “embrace government, not run away from it.”
“Ultimately, the public knows in its gut that a strong and active government is the only way to reverse the middle class decline and help revive the American dream. Democrats lost in 2014 because the government made mistakes that eroded the electorate’s confidence in its ability to improve the lives of the middle class.
“But that same underlying expectation that government should help make life easier for the middle class is as strong as it’s ever been, setting the stage for a Democratic victory in 2016 if, and only if, we can convince people that government can work and help restore the middle class to prosperity.
“And we’re in a much better position to do this than Republicans, because when economic conditions are declining for the middle class, the electorate instinctively turns to Democrats. But in order to win in 2016, Democrats must embrace government, not run away from it.”
This speech comes after Harry Reid tried to dispel any tension between the White House and Senate Democrats, as his aide David Krone asserted that President Obama did not make a concerted enough effort to save the Senate for the Democratic Party.
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