Dem Rep Ryan: Democratic Party Has a ‘Toxic National Brand’

Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Hardball,” Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) said Jon Ossoff’s defeat in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District’s special election, which marks his party’s fourth special election loss, proves the Democratic Party has a “toxic national brand.”

Ryan said, “In the four races they get the Trump proxy. These were clearly races Donald Trump against the Democrats, and we’re 0-4. We need to figure out the strategy. And I think the national brand—Ossoff was a good candidate. Archie Parnell in South Carolina was a good candidate. I spent the day with him on Saturday he’s great. And so two good candidates, but you’re carrying the baggage of a toxic national brand and people in D.C. aren’t getting it.”

He continued,”You want to put yourself in the best position to win, and I think it starts with economic message, jobs, wages, pensions—the bread and butter stuff average people were thinking about.”

He added, “The perception in the world now is that Democrats are liberals, elitists, from the coasts, don’t connect to working class people.”

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