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 SandersWarren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is 'on the table' Warren says she will unveil plan to finance 'Medicare for All' Ocasio-Cortez says endorsing Sanders early is 'the most authentic decision' she could make MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Warren, Yang fight over automation divides experts Warren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is 'on the table' MORE (D-Mass.) and the emergence of policy proposals like "Medicare for all" and the "Green New Deal." 

— Julia Manchester