Dems must re-establish themselves as 'party of working folks,' says strategist

Democratic strategist Mike Lux told Hill.TV's "Rising" on Monday that the Democratic Party needs to get back to its roots of being connected to working people in urban and rural America. 

"We were always the party of working people. We were always the party of working-class folks of all races, of all backgrounds, urban and rural," Lux, the author of "How to Democrat in the Age of Trump," told hosts Buck Sexton and Jamal Simmons on "Rising." 

"I think we drifted away from that, and we started spending too much time with Wall Street bankers, and we started spending too much time here in Washington, and not paying attention to folks out in the real world," he continued. 

"I think it's really key for Democrats to reestablish themselves as the party of working folks," he said. 

Democrats are experiencing the beginning of an ever-growing 2020 presidential primary, the field for which reached over a dozen candidates on Monday with former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) joining the race. 

The party's primary voters will be tasked with choosing a candidate that can take on Trump while appealing to both swing voters and the traditional Democratic base. 

The party appears to have become more progressive with candidates like Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden wins Connecticut in final presidential primary of year Vermont Rep. Peter Welch easily wins primary Three pros and three cons to Biden picking Harris MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenKamala Harris: The conventional (and predictable) pick all along On The Money: McConnell says it's time to restart coronavirus talks | New report finds majority of Americans support merger moratorium | Corporate bankruptcies on pace for 10-year high Hillicon Valley: Facebook removed over 22 million posts for hate speech in second quarter | Republicans introduce bill to defend universities against hackers targeting COVID-19 research | Facebook's Sandberg backs Harris as VP pick MORE (D-Mass.) and the emergence of policy proposals like "Medicare for all" and the "Green New Deal." 

— Julia Manchester