By: Bridget Bowman
Democrats are set to unveil their “Better Deal” agenda Monday afternoon. Over the past seven months, the House Democrats’ campaign arm has sought to foster unity around an economically focused agenda through meetings with stakeholders and conversations with voters.
The goal for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee was to create a unifying message on the economy and jobs that could also be tailored to an individual congressional district. The party is looking to flip at least 24 seats next year to win back the House.
A source with the DCCC said Chairman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico and senior committee staff have met with more than 50 strategists and leaders over the past seven months to help reach a consensus on an economic message. Those included people from Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, which waged a competitive Democratic primary challenge to Hillary Clinton last year and exposed divides in the party.
The DCCC also met with aligned groups including leaders of labor organizations, EMILY’s List, which backs female Democrats who support abortion rights, End Citizens United, which backs Democrats who support a campaign finance overhaul, and VoteVets.org, a liberal veterans group.