2 Trump-State Dems Who Lost in 2018 Plan to Teach 2020 Dems How to Talk to Trump Voters

In 2018, Sens. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-IN) both lost their reelection bids. In fact, they lost badly. In Indiana, Republican Mike Braun defeated Donnelly by about 6 percentage points, while Republican Kevin Cramer trounced Heitkamp by 11 percentage points in North Dakota.

They both ran in states that President Trump easily won in 2016, and voters sent a clear message when they sent those senators packing: find a way to work with Republicans or get lost.

Today, those Democrats who lost so badly in 2018 are teaming up to teach Democrats in 2020 how to talk to Trump voters. Really. The effort is called the One Country Project, and its goal is to help Democratic Senate candidates connect in red states. Donnelly spoke to Axios about the project:

Heitkamp and Donnelly will work with campaigns before the election, giving them messaging, data, polling, and a strategy to break through with these voters who “didn’t feel that we shared their beliefs” in past elections, Donnelly told Axios in an interview.

“Culturally, they’re focused on faith and family and country, and Donald Trump tells them all the time that we’re not, even though we are.”

Heitkamp said the group is working with the Democratic National Committee, but she “so far isn’t pleased with their previous efforts,” per Axios.

“They need to show up. They need to recognize that there are voters in rural America who will again vote for the Democratic Party if they hear ideas and goals that are consistent with what they need to thrive. The Democratic Party needs to be a 50 state party, and not just an urban party.”

The problem? Democrats running for president are lurching further and further to the left, each trying to out-liberal the next. That kind of rhetoric and the policy proposals they’re offering up will only further alienate rural voters, who feel more of a connection with Trump.

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