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Tim Ryan: The Democratic Party Has a 'Perception Problem' as 'Coastal, Elitist'

From left, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, and former Maryland Rep. John Delaney pose for a photo on stage before the start of a Democratic primary debate hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Wednesday, June 26, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

In the first 2020 Democratic presidential debate, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) slammed his party for being out of touch with Midwesterners and working people.

“We have a perception problem in the Democrat Party,” Ryan admitted. “We have got to change the center of gravity from being coastal, elitist and Ivy League to a party that is on the side of workers. If we don’t focus on workers, none of this change will happen.”

He insisted that Democrats will not win unless they “address that fundamental problem.”

Ryan is correct, but that “perception problem” is rooted in the Democratic Party’s increasing radicalism on issues such as abortion, climate change, intersectionality, and more.

Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election arguably for this exact reason, and Democrats are not fixing it.

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