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Dems Need to Focus on ‘Real-World Issues’ Like Crime, Immigration

On CNN News Central on Wednesday, Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine (Democrat) said, “I’m worried about what a Trump victory would mean for our democracy, but that’s not what’s going to motivate working-class voters. What we hear every day from them is concerns about the cost of living, especially the cost of housing, concerns about public safety and, painful for me, concerns about immigration. Democrats have a lot to say about this, but they have to stop just talking about what they’re against and say what they’re for.” And Democrats need to “fight on the battlefield of real issues,” he said.

“We can’t neglect working-class voters,” Levin said. “We have to speak to the issues they care about in their lives. Democrats have got to do more of that.”

Co-host Kate Bolduin asked, “Is the Biden campaign missing that? Is the message not getting through?”

Levin responded, “Well, the president has a great track record to run for — low unemployment, student loan forgiveness, progress on climate change, and so on. But as much as we worry about what a Trump victory would mean for our democracy, Kate, we have to acknowledge that at this point, it’s not what’s going to motivate working-class voters. What I hear from them every day is concern about the cost of living, especially the cost of housing, concern about public safety, and, painful for me, concern about immigration. Democrats have a lot to say on this, but we have to stop talking about what we’re against and start talking about what we’re for. We’re not against police. We support safe, fair, and effective policing. We’re not against border security. We’re for it. We support compassion for all people in this country, whether they’re documented or not. And we certainly can’t be the party that’s against building housing. We have to be the party that’s for building housing to address this housing affordability crisis. We’re going to win with a message that speaks to the lives of ordinary people.”

He added, “There are other threats that affect life in New York City and all across the country. Republicans in the White House and Congress could authorize concealed carry handguns everywhere. They could flood New York City with guns. They could interfere with our elections by banning mail-in voting everywhere here in New York City. And, of course, they could limit access to reproductive rights here in New York City. These are more tangible than just threats to democracy. I think we need to fight on the battlefield of real-world issues.”

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