Transcript for DNC chair Tom Perez on 2017 elections, future of Democratic Party
And we're back now with DNC chair Tom rerz. Good morning, Mr. Perez. Good morning. Great to see you. Great to be with you. It's been 25 years since Alabama elected a Democrat to senate. Is there a chance for a Democrat to seize the seat? I think what we learned last Tuesday and what we have flernd the months before last Tuesday is that Democrats can compete and win everywhere. We showed that last week, not just in New Jersey and is a have a. In mayor's races and state senate races few month back, we won three seats in Oklahoma. Doug Jones is the underdog. No doubt. We have increased our investment in state parties by a third. When we're invetting in organizing, good cants, and lead with our values, we can compete anywhere. Are you lereading too much of this into being a referendum on trump? The last time we won there was 2005. In 2006, we took over the U.S. House. What I learned from last Tuesday and a number of special elections, when we're unite as a party. Compete everywhere, lead with our values, organize, organize, organize, everywhere in every zip code, we do very well. We did that in New Jersey and Virginia. There were 17 seats in Virginia that in the house of delegate there is that were held by Republicans where Hillary Clinton won. We were organizing there. We won 14 of the 17. The other three are in a runoff. We can compete everywhere. In our latest poll, 61% of Americans say democratic leaders are mainly criticizing trump, not presenting alternatives. Is the democratic message too much about trump? We were leading with values in Virginia and elsewhere. We talked about health care a lot. It's a right for all, not a privilege for a few. The number one issue IFS voters in Virginia was health care. They understand that the Republicans are trying on the take their health care away. Let's go back to president trump. 61% of Americans say democratic leaders are mainly criticizing trump. Tom Starr. The singest biggest donor to the democratic party. Put millions behind an ad calling for president trump's impeachment. Let's look. He's brought us to the brink of nuclear war. Obstructed justice at the FBI. And in direct violation of the constitution, he's taken money from foreign governments and threatened to shut down news organizations that report the truth. It's why I'm funding this effort to raise our voices together and demand that officials take a stand on impeachment. Do you support that effort? I've been fighting for access to good job. Health care. The culture of corruption around Washington, D.C., is very real. Not just the Russians. Do you support what he's saying? The ad? Would you like him to stop doing that? He has the right to do whatever he wants to do. He invested a lot of money. I applaud his efforts in investing in organizing and helping to elect Democrats. A number of people are very, myself included, are very, very concern about the culture of corruption that has engulfed Washington, D.C. I'm not talk thing about impeachment. I'm talking about good jobs for folks. I'm talking about health care for all. I'm talking about making sure that we're fighting for the issues that matter. I'm going to quickly say and corruption charges, the trial of nork New Jersey senator Bob Menendez. If she's found guilty, should he resign. ? Jury has not spoken yet. I don't like to answer what if questions. Thank you for joins us. We'll be right back with more
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