James Carville blasts Democratic messaging, claiming it focuses on Gaza and not the economy

Longtime Democratic strategist James Carville criticized the Biden team on Sunday, saying it was alienating a key base of voters by focusing on the Israel-Hamas war and urged a refocus on the economy.

“We’re wondering why young people aren’t turning to the Democratic Party,” Carville said in a video address to Politicon on Sunday. “Why aren’t black people turning to the Democratic Party? Because the Democratic message is full of crap!”

Democratic strategists are increasingly concerned about Biden’s support among Black voters and other minority groups that have traditionally leaned Democratic. Surveys have shown that just over 60% of Black Americans say they plan to vote this year, down 12 percentage points from 2020. A poll earlier this month.

Carville, who ran Clinton’s 1992 campaign and has become an increasingly vocal critic of the left wing of the Democratic Party in recent months, said the solution to Biden’s woes was to follow Clinton’s example and focus on the economy.

“When you talk about the cost of living, they say, ‘We’ll help you deal with this,'” Carville said. “Don’t talk about f***ing Gaza and student loans!”

But Carville’s views aren’t entirely borne out by the polls: A March survey found a higher share of black voters say the Israel-Hamas war is the most important issue to them than the electorate as a whole. Other political strategists argue that Biden’s fervent support for Israel in the conflict may be hurting his support from this important group more than other demographics.

Concerns are even more pronounced among younger voters, who are more likely than older or moderate voters to care about Israel-Hamas war and student loan relief. Carville argued that the party should set aside those concerns and appeal to more centrist voters.

The veteran strategist has been an outspoken critic of Biden’s reelection bid and has also taken aim at the Democratic establishment, saying in March that “too many preachy women” “dominate the culture of the party.”

The presidential election remains tight in the polls, with former President Trump leading Biden by one point nationally in The Hill/Decision Desk polling average.

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