new Democratic ‘agenda’ will ‘resonate with the middle class’

  • Democrats seek answers after dispiriting loss in Georgia special election
  • Senate minority leader promises new platform for 2018 ‘within a month’

Senator Chuck Schumer also talked about watching a New York Yankees baseball game alongside a man who wore pro-Trump clothing. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Within a month, the Democratic party will present a “strong, bold, sharp-edged and common-sense economic agenda” to underpin its efforts against Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress, Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer said on Sunday.

“Here’s the No1 lesson from Georgia 6,” the New York senator said on ABC’s This Week, referring to the sixth congressional district in which Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff this week lost the most expensive special election in history.

“Democrats need a strong, bold, sharp-edged, and common-sense economic agenda. Policy, platform, message that appeal to the middle class. That resonate with the middle class … and unite Democrats. That’s what I’ve been working on for months.”

Amidst that work, Schumer said, he had been “talking to Trump voters”. During a recent visit to Yankee Stadium in New York City, he said, he watched baseball from a seat next to a “truck driver” wearing clothing that bore a Trump campaign message: “I’m proud to be a deplorable voter.”

With House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, Schumer leads the establishment wing of the party. Bernie Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont who ran against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, is seen by many as the de facto leader of the progressive wing.

Activists who support Sanders were prominent among critics of the Ossoff campaign in Georgia, which ran on a centrist message in a district Trump won by 1% in the presidential election, and lost.

Schumer said: “I’m talking to Bernie Sanders, I’m talking to [moderate West Virginia senator] Joe Manchin. This is going to be really something that Democrats…

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