Former DNC Chair, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, discusses what the next leader of the Democratic Party needs to do to better appeal to middle and working class voters on MSNBC. She notes that the Party doesn't need to "throw the baby out with the bath water," because Democrats "won the heart and minds of voters" by winning the popular vote.
She added: "We did a good job in many places at out-organizing and out-mobilizing the Republicans."
Schultz also said the Democratic party "clearly needs to do a better job," when it comes to the Midwest. "We didn't promote well enough, or make sure Americans understand what we did achieve."
DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: I think what we have to focus on is... what we know the DNC chair needs to do. They need to make sure we can build on our grassroots success, and also not just throw the baby out with the bath water.
Let's remember Hillary Clinton won the popular vote. We actually won the hearts and minds of a majority of voters. And we did a good job in many places at out-organizing and out-mobilizing the Republicans.
Now we didn't win the presidential election because we elect presidents through the Electoral College. So we need to take a good look at what we have done well. And building success on what we have not done well.
One of those things is clearly not selling the agenda successfully, particularly to working and middle class Americans. And two, we didn't promote well enough, or make sure Americans understand what we did achieve. 20 million people who could afford health insurance before now have it. We rescued the automobile industry and had a million jobs that would have gone down the tubes that Republicans would have allowed to go down the tubes.