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Donna Brazile: Democrats Are Not Going To Sleepwalk This Election Like We Did In 2016

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FOX News contributor and former DNC chairwoman Donna Brazile told FNC host Martha MacCallum Democrats will not "sleepwalk" through 2020 like they did in 2016.

"So, let me just say this to all of the opinion writers," Brazile said. "Take a deep breath. This is not 2016. The Democrats are not going to sleepwalk this election the way we did in 2016 when we thought we had 18 states and the District of Columbia, which would have given us 242 electoral votes."

"While last week we presented the case for the American people was we the people, we included everybody, I thought it was uplifting," she said. "And more importantly, I thought that the vice president and his running mate, they were both able to get their message out."


MARTHA MACCALLUM: Thanks for coming in tonight. Up next, Donna Brazile, former Chair of the Democratic National Committee and, of course, a Fox News Contributor. Donna, great to have you with us today.

DONNA BRAZILE, FORMER DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE CHAIR: Thank you.

MACCALLUM: I just want to put up an op ed in the Hill by Charlie Gerow, which says the trends are running in Trump's favor. While the Democrats chirped about an enthusiasm gap not long ago, it's now Team Trump that holds that card. It's hard to get excited about a candidate who sits in his basement hoping that his purported lead doesn't evaporate. The president is out and about a lot, Donna. Are you concerned that if Joe Biden doesn't do the same, he will not be able to maintain his lead?

BRAZILE: Well, first of all, Martha, my focus tonight is on the Gulf Coast. I'm a native of Louisiana and I'm praying for everyone down there.

MACCALLUM: As are we.

BRAZILE: To buckle up and get ready for these two impactful storms and my other focus is on Kenosha and what happened there. So, let me just say this to all of the opinion writers. Take a deep breath. This is not 2016. The Democrats are not going to sleepwalk this election the way we did in 2016 when we thought we had 18 states and the District of Columbia, which would have given us 242 electoral votes.

And so, while last week we presented the case for the American people was we the people, we included everybody, I thought it was uplifting. And more importantly, I thought that the vice president and his running mate, they were both able to get their message out. At least we've got a little lineup (ph) from Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and many others. But the real highlight was the ordinary people and they had an opportunity to share together.

MACCALLUM: OK. But how about--

BRAZILE: That's what I'm focused on.

MACCALLUM: The question that I asked you, Donna, which is whether or not you think if you were advising Joe Biden in this moment, can he not go to these swing states? Doesn't he need to get out and spend some time with people across America if he wants to maintain this lead?

BRAZILE: Well, Martha, there are many ways to get to the White House, and one way is to try to ride around the country using taxpayers' dollars.

MACCALLUM: It's pretty much the only way we've ever seen it happen.

BRAZILE: Let me get to the basement, because I understand that you want to talk about Donald Trump running around the country trying to reboot his campaign, using taxpayers' dollars to try to give us this false impression that he's not afraid of this virus. The majority of Americans are focused on protecting themselves. Joe Biden is reaching people, perhaps not the traditional way by jumping up and down on the tarmac. But he's reaching them every day in their living rooms, in their workplaces, because he's communicating in ways that we're all now familiar with communicating.

So, I think he's making a good faith effort to do it the smart way and not just try to fly around trying to make headlines by saying goofy things.

MACCALLUM: Well, we'll see if that strategy works. This is the interview that he did do--

BRAZILE: I hope it works.

MACCALLUM: With ABC. This is the first time he and Kamala Harris have sat down for a major interview and he was asked about whether or not he would shut down the economy again. Watch this.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So, if the scientists say, shut it down.

BIDEN: I would shut it down. I would listen to the scientist.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

MACCALLUM: Do you think a lot of Americans want that? Do you think that's going to be a popular thing to hear, Donna?

BRAZILE: Well, the context was much larger than the frame, but I can tell you this much as someone who understands the impact of this virus, having bury people that I cannot say goodbye to. This is - it's very important that we listen to the scientists, we listen to the doctors and had Donald Trump listen to the scientists and listen to the doctors earlier, we would not be in this mess. He mishandles it. He knows it. And that's what he's trying to do right now and come up with a quick cure.

We don't need a quick cure. We need to make sure that we follow the science so that we can have a vaccine that works for everyone.
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