Former top Dem: Midterm message focus should be to 'just win'

Former Democratic 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 (N.Y.) on Wednesday said that the Democratic message going into the 2016 midterm elections should be to “just win.” 

"Here's an idea about message, just win. Just message what resonates in your constituency, in your district," Israel, who was the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, told Hill.TV's Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton on "Rising." 

"A good message is like a radio station. You know, if you're driving on the interstate, sometimes you're going to get some great country western music, sometimes you're going to get NPR. The message resonates in specific markets, and so Democrats ought to message to the market, and they don't need this national one-size-fits-all template, that's not going to work," he continued. 

A divide between the Democratic establishment and progressives has emerged ahead of November's midterm elections. 

Progressive New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D), who is set to campaign with fellow progressive Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersVolatile presidential polls spark new round of anxieties GOP memo deflects some gun questions to 'violence from the left' British Bookmaker: Warren has replaced Biden as Democratic primary favorite MORE (I-Vt.), said on Wednesday that she believes progressive policies “can win across the country." 

Ocasio-Cortez, who is a self-described democratic socialist, has run on progressive policies such as abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 

However, establishment Democrats, such as 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 said that Ocasio-Cortez's win is not reflective of a larger movement within the party. 

— Julia Manchester