Democratic Party Launches New Agenda in Competitive Virginia District

Jul 24, 2017

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York joins fellow Congressional Democrats as they unveil their new agenda at a park in Berryville, Virginia.
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Democrats are eager to fight for the blue-collar voters who once made up the core of their base, voters who sided with Trump last year. Now they have a new platform of issues to attract those voters, and Democrats chose Virginia as the staging ground to launch that attack against the Republicans. 

Virginia’s 10th Congressional District is one of the most hotly contested House seats in the country, and Democrats chose one part of that district to launch their new agenda aimed at attracting blue-collar voters. Its economic message focused on new jobs, the cost of prescription drugs, the price of airline tickets and even the cost of beer.

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Ben Ray Luján travelled to Berryville in Clarke County, Virginia, to outline the Democrats’ case.

“There’s good reason that we met here today rather than in Washington, D.C. Berryville sits right in the middle to Virginia’s 10th Congressional District. And while it’s early, there’s no doubt that this district and so many others are up for grabs in the 2018 mid-terms.”

Republican strategist Dan Scandling says that Democrats have once again miscalculated.

“That’s the most conservative part of the 10th District. It makes absolutely no sense for the Democrats to go out there. Those are not their voters, and if they think they’re going go get them they’ve got something else coming.”

The 10th Congressional District is currently occupied by two-term Republican Barbara Comstock, who Democrats feel has one of the most vulnerable seats in the country. And that’s why they announced their blue-collar economic plan in her district.

This report, provided by Virginia Public Radio, was made possible with support from the Virginia Education Association