Top Dem: Trump will win again if Dems are too liberal

Top Dem: Trump will win again if Dems are too liberal
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Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinDems seize on Kavanaugh emails to question role in terrorism response Trump gives thumbs up to prison sentencing reform bill at pivotal meeting Overnight Defense: Officials make show of force on election security | Dems want probe into Air Force One tours | Pentagon believes Korean War remains 'consistent' with Americans MORE (D-Ill.) predicted that Democrats would lose to President Trump again in 2020 if they are too liberal.

Durbin — the second highest-ranking Democrat in the Senate — said on local Chicago radio station WLS-AM on Sunday that Democrats shouldn't “overdo it” by acting too liberal in response to Trump.

The senator was responding to comments by Rep. Cheri BustosCheryl (Cheri) Lea BustosCollins indictment raises Dem hopes in deep-red district Michigan lawmaker wants seat for Midwest at Dem leadership table The Hill's Morning Report — Trump picks new fight with law enforcement, intelligence community MORE (D-Ill.), who the host of the radio show Durbin was on said warned Democrats against moving too far to the left out of fear they could lose votes to Trump.

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"We need to be balanced. She's right about that,” Durbin said.

“We don't give up on our values, but we better be sensitive, too, that there are people with more moderate views, and people who may disagree with some parts of the Democratic platform as they are presented. We've got to be open to that possibility," he said.

The host asked Durbin if Democrats could lose seats by “being too liberal.”

"You can," Durbin replied. "I think you can overdo it. We have to really appeal to that sensible center. It's a thin stripe now. It used to be a lot wider stripe, but it's an important and determining factor in most elections."

Democrats are facing an internal battle over how to move the party forward in the wake of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillicon Valley: FBI fires Strzok after anti-Trump tweets | Trump signs defense bill with cyber war policy | Google under scrutiny over location data | Sinclair's troubles may just be beginning | Tech to ease health data access | Netflix CFO to step down Signs grow that Mueller is zeroing in on Roger Stone Omarosa claims president called Trump Jr. a 'f--- up' for releasing Trump Tower emails MORE’s surprise loss to Trump. Some lawmakers are eager to court votes from backers of Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersOvernight Health Care: States fight Trump on non-ObamaCare plans | Analysis looks into surprise medical bills | Left hits industry group working against single payer Overnight Energy: Trump Cabinet officials head west | Zinke says California fires are not 'a debate about climate change' | Perry tours North Dakota coal mine | EPA chief meets industry leaders in Iowa to discuss ethanol mandate Sen. Sanders blasts Zinke: Wildfires 'have everything to do with climate change' MORE's (I-Vt.) presidential campaign, while others remain wary of progressive policies like Sanders's single-payer health-care bill.