Political experts assess impact of ‘messaging’ and party priorities ahead of midterm elections


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The type of messaging used by political candidates and political parties – whether seen as honest or misleading – is often indicative of what is to come in American politics. And the prioritization of some talking points used ahead of the upcoming midterm elections could be proof of that.

To better understand what type of messaging should be used by political parties ahead of the Nov. 8 midterms, Fox News Digital reached out to political experts for their input.

As President Biden and Democratic Party congressional leaders have prioritized several issues in recent months, three contentious topics — abortion, gun control and student loan debt — are at the forefront of several campaigns by candidates seeking to retain House seats or defeat Republicans. challengers.

Republicans, on the other hand, attach great importance to the economic difficulties facing Americans. These efforts include fighting inflation and high energy prices and strengthening American energy independence.

VULNERABLE HOUSE DEMOCRATS REFUSE TO SAY IF THEY SUPPORT ANY PART OF GOP’S ‘COMMIT TO AMERICA’ AGENDA

Left to right: Kellyanne Conway, former White House adviser to President Trump; Ari Fleischer, former White House press secretary and Fox News contributor; and Tulsi Gabbard, former Democratic Congresswoman from Hawaii.
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Kellyanne Conway, former presidential campaign manager and former White House adviser to President Trump:

“The contrast between the Trump economy and the Biden economy couldn’t be more stark. Inflation was low, wages were high, baby formula was on grocery store shelves, and gas was cheap. It There is a way out; a growing number of nervous voters know it was much better not so long ago, and they want it back.

“Republican leaders and candidates and other influencers must articulate and present policies that benefit the job creator, the job seeker and the job holder. These include unleashing energy independence, reducing tax burdens, ending the regulatory assault on American businesses and workers, enforcing fair and equitable reciprocal trade agreements, and building supply chains that put Americans to work and put Americans first to America.”

Kellyanne Conway, former White House adviser to Trump, attends the America First Policy Institute's America First Agenda Summit at the Marriott Marquis on July 26, 2022.

Kellyanne Conway, former White House adviser to Trump, attends the America First Policy Institute’s America First Agenda Summit at the Marriott Marquis on July 26, 2022.
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“MCCARTHY’S COMMITMENT TO AMERICA” INCLUDES FIGHTING INFLATION, SECURE BORDERS AND PROTECTING WOMEN’S SPORTS

Ari Fleischer, former White House press secretary for George W. Bush and Fox News contributor:

“Change is coming. The GOP’s message is simple: Let Democrats take the blame for all the many problems created by President Biden’s policies. It will also help the GOP define what the party will do to secure the border, fight against rising crime, promoting energy independence and standing up to China.”

Ari Fleischer, media consultant and former White House press secretary, speaks at the Centurion Club, Hertfordshire, ahead of the LIV Golf Invitational Series on June 7, 2022.

Ari Fleischer, media consultant and former White House press secretary, speaks at the Centurion Club, Hertfordshire, ahead of the LIV Golf Invitational Series on June 7, 2022.
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Brandon Arnold, Executive Vice President of the National Taxpayers Union:

“Inflation, inflation, inflation. Voters are extremely unlikely to see any significant inflation relief before November. Republicans need to stay on economic issues and highlight the halcyon days of 2019 when they had control of the White House. and the Senate and the economy was booming.

“Inflation and ridiculous gas prices are heartbreaking problems for families up and down the economic ladder and a huge albatross around the necks of Biden’s allies on Capitol Hill. The more Republicans talk about inflation, the better they’ll do. Conversely, Democrats are trying to shift the emphasis on issues like Jan. 6 and the breakup of Big Tech. It’s not clear that these issues are politically speaking, but they certainly deflect the attention to inflation and other fundamental economic issues.

Brandon Arnold, executive vice president of the National Taxpayers Union

Brandon Arnold, executive vice president of the National Taxpayers Union
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ABORTION, EDUCATION, GROCERY PRICES: CRITICAL ELECTIONS IN THE MID-QUARTER OF NOVEMBER

Tulsi Gabbard, former US Congresswoman from Hawaii and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate:

“Frankly, there’s way too much focus on the ‘message’ in quotes, or changing the message or improving the message or the narrative. What does that have to do with reality? You can say that things are going to be different or better, but unless people actually see action, unless people actually see steps forward, towards progress and overcoming these challenges, all they will continue to hear is a lot of talk and politicians saying, “Well, if only we said it better” or “If only we said it differently, things would be better.” No, there’s reality. Face reality and meet the challenges people face.”

Former Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Fla., Friday, Feb. 25, 2022.

Former Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Fla., Friday, Feb. 25, 2022.
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The comments provided to Fox News Digital in this article are part of a weekend series in which strategists from all political backgrounds are asked the same questions related to hot political topics and given the opportunity to offer their point of view.


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