Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer saidÂ that Democrats can only blame themselves, not Russia, for former Secretary of State Hillary Clintonâ€™s loss to President Donald Trump in November.
â€œWhen you lose to somebody who has 40 percent popularity, you donâ€™t blame other things â€“ Comey, Russia â€“ you blame yourself,â€ Schumer told The Washington Post Saturday.
Schumer, previewing the Democratic Partyâ€™s campaign message heading into 2018, admitted that people are not sure what the party stands for.
â€œSo what did we do wrong? People didnâ€™t know what we stood for, just that we were against Trump. And still believe that,â€ Schumer explained. The Democratic Partyâ€™s plan for 2018 is titled, â€œA Better Dealâ€ and is meant to contrast the presidentâ€™s economic message.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who faced a challenge from Ohio Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan for her leadership position earlier this year, agreed with Schumer. PelosiÂ told WaPo, in a separate interview, that the new slogan was not part of a course correction, but rather a â€œpresentation correction.â€ (RELATED: Damaged Goods â€“ Democrat Tim Ryan Continues Call For Pelosiâ€™s Removal)
Rust-belt Democrats have sparred with their coastal-counterparts over the future of the Democratic Party. Ryan and others haveÂ argued that Democrats must return to an economic message that appeals to working class voters and marginalized groups.
Schumer said that the new agenda is not about partisan politics.
â€œA strong, sharp-edged, populist, bold economic message appeals to the Obama coalition and the people who voted for Trump â€” former Democrats who voted for Trump,â€ he told WaPo.
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