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The Democratic Party is seeking to retain its majority in the House this fall as the midterm elections approach and several of the party’s candidates are focusing on issues they believe will motivate their base to run and vote, but some Strategists suggest that these issues do little to affect the results as Americans remain focused on the economy.
While President Biden and the party’s congressional leaders have prioritized several issues in recent months, three contentious topics — abortion, gun control and student loan debt — are at the forefront of many. campaigns seeking to retain their House seat or defeat their Republican challengers in November.
To better understand whether these three topics will impact the upcoming midterm elections and whether Democrats will be able to maintain control of the House by discussing these issues, Fox News Digital reached out to political experts on both sides of the aisle. to get their assessment.
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Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee:
“Democrats will win if bold action is taken on kitchen table issues that tangibly improves people’s lives.”
“That applies to making sure abortion access is legal, which is supported by an overwhelming number of Republicans, Democrats and independents. That applies to reducing shootings. guns in schools taking action hugely popular with NRA members who love their children and don’t I don’t want them killed And that certainly applies to helping millions of families of the working class who have been cheated by a failing student debt system and struggling with spiraling debt.
“Democrats need to emphasize [Biden’s] achievements – and others like lowering prescription prices, creating millions of jobs, protecting our democracy, and improving air and water quality for children. Voters should be reminded that Republican politicians in DC opposed all of this progress and are now campaigning on fringe ideas like privatizing Social Security and raising taxes on working-class families to fund cuts. taxes for billionaires.”
Scott Rasmussen, pollster and president of RMG Research:
“The easy answer is no. Despite all the political noise, the issue pushing voters into this election is still the economy. The reason Democrats have narrowed the gap a bit in some polls is because voters are a slightly less pessimistic about the economy. my last poll 23% of voters said their finances were improving while 40% said they had gotten worse. This net -17 is not good, but this is not as bad as the -28 of the previous month.
“The other thing to keep in mind is that uncommitted voters have a very negative opinion of President Biden – consistently over 70% disapproval. This suggests we will see a gradual improvement in GOP prospects as voters are approaching a final decision. The Democrats aren’t going to win the House. And, while it’s not as certain, the GOP remains likely to take control of the Senate.”
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Chuck Rocha, Democratic strategist and senior adviser to Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential campaign:
“Democrats doing a lot to make people’s lives better is always a good strategy to help win political campaigns.”
Tina Ramirez, spokesperson for Maggie’s List:
“Unprecedented government spending and fiscal irresponsibility by the Biden administration and Democrats in Congress have brought our country to a financial breaking point. Families across our country can no longer afford basic necessities like groceries, gas and household items.Plus, President Biden’s unprecedented student loan bailout is an outrageous and costly overreach and an attempt to buy votes.This fall, Americans will choose conservative candidates in order to restore the economic prosperity of our nation.
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Chris Wilson, pollster and former director of digital strategy for the 2016 Cruz presidential campaign:
“There is no doubt that abortion is going to motivate some young voters to vote at higher rates than they would have in this election and that we are seeing more young women registering to vote. But that probably won’t be enough to save the Democratic majority. We’re seeing voters in battleground districts saying the economy is more important to their vote than abortion by significant margins. And Biden’s bad economy is pretty locked in as a significant negative for Democrats at this point.
“Other issues that Democrats might hope to exploit, such as gun control, are simply not as prominent and feature well on the list of top issues on the minds of voters, after various economic concerns, crime and violence. There is initial evidence that the student loan forgiveness document is actually backfiring on Democrats and motivating more Republican-leaning blue-collar workers and older voters…. It’s definitely not an issue that will help Democrats – the types of urban districts where most recipients live are deep blue areas anyway.”
In August, Biden announced his intention to forgive $10,000 in student debt for borrowers earning less than $125,000 per year. Pell Grant recipients will receive $20,000 in debt repayment, provided their income is below the $125,000 threshold. Administration officials say no individual or household in the top 5% will benefit from the ruling.
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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.
Fox News’ Haris Alic contributed to this article.