Democrats Push their Leaders to Talk Less about "Russian Threat"
Frustrated Democrats hoping to elevate their election fortunes have a resounding message for party leaders: stop talking so much about Russia.
Democratic leaders have been beating the drum this year over the ongoing probes into the Trump administration’s potential ties to Moscow. However, rank-and-file Democrats say the Russia-Trump narrative is simply a non-issue with district voters, who are much more worried about bread-and-butter economic concerns like jobs, wages and the cost of education and healthcare.
"It is necessary to stop talking about Russia because people do not believe in the history of Russian interference. They're trying to figure out how they're going to make the mortgage payment, how they're going to pay for their kids to go to college, what their energy bill looks like. And if we don't talk more about their interest than we do about how we're so angry with Donald Trump and everything that's going on then we're never going to be able to win next elections", congressman Tim Ryan told MSNBC.
Congressman Peter Welch delivered a similar message.
"We should be focused relentlessly on economic improvement and we should stay away from just piling on the criticism of Trump, whether it’s about Russia, whether it’s about Comey. We’re much better off if we just do the hard work of coming up with an agenda. Talking about Trump and Russia doesn’t create an agenda", Welch said.
A recent Harvard-Harris poll reveals the risks inherent for the Democrats, who are hoping to make big gains – or even win back the House in 2018. The survey found that 73 percent of voters are concerned that the ongoing investigations of Trump's links with Russia are preventing Congress from tackling issues more vital to them.