Democrats 'better stand for something,' says party's Senate leader

The top Senate Democrat said the party needs a strong economic message.

"Here’s the number one lesson from Georgia Sixth," Schumer said in reference to the Democratic loss in the special election last week in Georgia's Sixth District outside Atlanta.

"Democrats need a strong, bold, sharp-edged and commonsense economic agenda -- policy, platform, message that appeal to the middle class...and unite Democrats," the Senate minority leader said.

"I think if we come up with this strong, bold economic package, it will ... change things around," Schumer said. "People don’t like Trump; he’s at 40 percent [approval rating.] But they say, 'What the heck do the Democrats stand for?' We better stand for something, and it can’t be baby steps."

The New York senator also addressed the Senate health care bill unveiled by Republicans on Thursday, which he said stands about a 50 percent chance of passing.

“I think they have, at best, a 50-50 chance of passing this bill," Schumer said, adding that the legislation “is just devastating. And that’s what’s making it so hard for them to pass it.”

The GOP Senate leadership unveiled the legislation titled the Better Care Reconciliation Act on Thursday after negotiating behind closed doors. The private negotiations drew criticism and concern from Democratic senators and some Republicans.

Schumer told Stephanopoulos on “This Week” that he asked McConnell to bring the entire Senate together to work on the bill.

“Let Democrats and Republicans together, all 100 of us, meet in the old Senate chamber and discuss this," the Democratic senator said.