Democrats said they will counter President Trump’s “The Art of the Deal” with “A Better Deal.”
Party leaders will unveil a new economic battle plan on Monday that will highlight job-training programs, renegotiating trade deals and a $15 an hour “living wage” as they try to focus their message to voters, the Washington Post reported on Saturday.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Sunday said his party can’t blame anyone else for their devastating defeat to Trump in November.
“When you lose to somebody who is only at 40 percent popularity, you look in the mirror and say, ‘What did we do wrong?’,” Schumer (D-NY) said. “And I think the number one thing we did wrong was [voters] didn’t know what we stood for. They knew we didn’t like Trump, but they didn’t know what we stood for.”
The Democrats will announce their new slogan – “A Better Deal: Better Jobs, Better Wages, Better Future” – and their upgraded platform of economic proposals drafted during strategy sessions over the past few months on Monday afternoon.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) echoed Schumer’s comments and said the gambit is “is not a course correction, but it’s a presentation correction,” the Washington Post reported.
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries said Democrats have to shout their message from the rooftops.
“Republicans talk in headlines; Democrats speak in fine print,” the Brooklyn Democrat told the newspaper. “That ends this week. We’re going to make sure that we’re able to reach the American people in a clear and compelling fashion.”
Jeffries said it became clear during town hall meetings in his district that his constituents were more interested in issues that affected them personally than about presidential politics.
“It was all about pocketbook issues, housing challenges, crime, public safety, failures of the public schools,” Jeffries said. “It was an enlightening moment for me.
Because we spend so much time with what I think all of us do view as an existential threat to our democracy – what’s going on at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.”
But not all Democrats think “better” is best.
Some critics complained that it was too similar to the slogan of a pizza company: “Better Ingredients. Better Pizza. Papa John’s.”
Schumer shrugged off the comparison.
“Part of this is its usability, its repetition and its relation to both the New Deal and a better deal than Trump,” he said. “He’s supposed to be a dealmaker; he’s not very good at that.”
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