Dems wonder: Is opposing Trump enough to win primaries?

mcclatchydc | 1/3/2018 | Staff
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Democrat Elizabeth Pannill Fletcher says Donald Trump has a “basic disrespect” for his fellow man. She calls his Twitter-based diplomacy “irresponsible with all of our lives.” And she states flatly that he isn’t qualified to be president.

But when it comes to Democratic Party policy positions, this House candidate — and one of the top fundraisers of 2017 — is far more circumspect. Single-payer health care? Not yet practical, she says. Impeachment? Due process comes first. Progressive? No, this lawyer from battleground Houston rejects the label.

Labels - Pannill - Fletcher - Interview - Campaign

“I’m not really good at labels,” Pannill Fletcher said during an interview inside her campaign headquarters. “This district has historically been Republican, but I think it’s a centrist district, and I think that is what we’re seeing in the rejection of Donald Trump.”

One of the most significant questions facing Democratic candidates in House races this year is whether running against Donald Trump — something nearly every House Democratic candidate will promise to do — will be enough to secure victory. Can congressional hopefuls win over primary voters on criticism of Trump alone, as the party’s moderates suggest, or are the increasingly influential progressives right when they say Democratic voters demand something more?

Answer - Election - Matchups - Republicans - Fall

The answer will shape general election matchups against Republicans in the fall and could complicate what many Democrats expect will be a wave election year.

After a devastating 2016, Democrats are looking to reclaim both the House and the Senate in 2018 but there are a few obstacles in their way.

Opposition - Trump - Stakes - Mark - Longabaugh

“Opposition to Trump, that’s table stakes,” said Mark Longabaugh, a senior adviser to Bernie Sanders’s 2016 presidential campaign. “From there, in many of these primaries and especially in Democratic-leaning seats especially, you’re going to have to have a bolder progressive agenda to put on the table, or it’s not just going to be enough. You’re going...
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