Economy-focused Dems headlining Iowa fundraiser

Economy-focused Dems headlining Iowa fundraiser
© Greg Nash

Three Democratic lawmakers who have urged their party to turn toward an economy-focused agenda are set to headline a high-profile Democratic fundraiser in Iowa next month. 

Reps. Seth Moulton (Mass.), Tim Ryan (Ohio) and Cheri BustosCheryl (Cheri) Lea Bustos#MeToo, Congress and the Supreme Court: Who gets the last word on sexual harassment? Illinois GOP nominee said Beyoncé had ties to Illuminati, 9/11 was an inside job Path to Dem majority lies in well-educated districts MORE (Ill.) will make appearances at the Polk County Steak Fry in Des Moines, the county's Democratic Party announced Wednesday

All three lawmakers have pushed the Democratic Party in recent months to tone down its criticism of President Trump's populist rhetoric and embrace an economic message geared toward working-class voters.


“Clearly, we need to get back to an economic message,” Moulton told the Des Moines Register in an interview Tuesday. “We need to listen. We need to hear the frustrations of people out there who are losing their jobs, who not making the wages they used to make, and we need to talk about real solutions.”

Moulton and Ryan have been among the fiercest critics of their party's leadership. Ryan challenged Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for her House minority leader role in November, and Moulton has repeatedly called for Pelosi to step down from the party's leadership.

Ryan and Moulton's scheduled appearances in Iowa also fuel speculation that the two men could mount bids to challenge Trump in 2020.

Other potential Democratic contenders who have made stops in Iowa already include Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersBernie Sanders: Trump thinks like an authoritarian Democrats protest Trump's immigration policy from Senate floor Trump's America fights back MORE (I-Vt.), who ran in 2016, and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharDem senators introduce bill to ban controversial voter purges Democrats protest Trump's immigration policy from Senate floor The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — GOP lawmakers race to find an immigration fix MORE (D-Minn.), who has been the subject of speculation about a White House run.