Former top Dem: Not every candidate should run on impeaching Trump

Former Rep. Steve IsraelSteven (Steve) J. IsraelBanning Omar and Tlaib will greatly damage American-Israeli relations The Hill's Morning Report — Recession fears climb and markets dive — now what? Why Republicans should think twice about increasing presidential power MORE (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday said that not every Democrat should run a campaign based on impeaching President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump watching 'very closely' as Portland braces for dueling protests WaPo calls Trump admin 'another threat' to endangered species Are Democrats turning Trump-like? MORE in the November midterms. 

“The message has to lean toward the constituents in those districts, and so, if you’re talking about impeachment in southern Illinois, if you’re talking about impeachment in districts like West Virginia, that may fall out of tune with Republican crossover voters that you need in order to win the election," Israel, who used to serve as the head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), told Hill TV's Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton on "Rising."

The former congressman said the party's message should be "to win" in order to provide "checks and balances" on Trump.

"So the message ought to be to win. We are on the verge of winning the majority, having checks and balances to this reckless agenda, and we ought not to spend our time analyzing what the message should be other than a winning message," Israel said.

“I’m advising them to reflect what they hear at supermarkets, reflect what they hear at dining room tables. And if people in those districts are talking about the exorbitant cost of health care, if they’re talking about their jobs, their wages, their kid's future, and they’re not talking about the impeachment of the president, why should you be talking about the impeachment of the president?" he continued.

Trump has faced harsh criticism for his policies and rhetoric, leading some Democrats including Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersBanks give Congress, New York AG documents related to Russians who may have dealt with Trump: report Maxine Waters: Force us to ban assault weapons 'or kick our a--- out of Congress!' Maxine Waters: Escalating killings in US motivated by Trump's 'race baiting' MORE (D-Calif.) and Texas Senate candidate Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeO'Rourke unveils plan to combat white nationalism, gun violence The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy O'Rourke says he will not 'in any scenario' run for Senate MORE (D-Texas) to call for Trump's impeachment.

Other Democrats, however, including House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiAre Democrats turning Trump-like? Pelosi hits Trump, Netanyahu for 'weakness' amid tensions over Omar and Tlaib In Hong Kong, the need for peaceful persistence MORE (D-Calif.), have cautioned against calling for Trump's impeachment.

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) told Hill TV on Monday that it's premature to talk about Trump's impeachment.

“If we’re talking about that right now at home, we’re not talking to people about how they can grow their paychecks, how they can expand their health-care coverage, how they can have careers they can count on and see improvements in the investments we make in their kids," Swalwell said. ”That's what most people care about — it's not impeachment."

— Julia Manchester