Dem pollster: Party shouldn't focus on 'promises of free everything'

Democratic pollster Ken O'Brien advised on Monday that the party should not be making "promises of free everything" to voters, specifically referring to New York Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. 

"I disagree with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on many points, and also on a condition of 4 percent unemployment or so, we don't need to be guaranteeing jobs," O'Brien told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking." 

"There's still a lot of economic opportunity out there, and I think that's where the Democratic Party needs to focus, rather than promises of free everything," he continued. 

Ocasio-Cortez, who identifies as a democratic socialist, beat longtime Rep. Joseph Crowley in the Democratic primary for New York's 14th Congressional District.  

The progressive candidate has championed various liberal causes such as debt-free college and single-payer health care.

Establishment Democrats, including House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiCNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Social Security emerges as flash point in Biden-Sanders fight | Dems urge Supreme Court to save consumer agency | Trump to sign USMCA next week Veronica Escobar to give Spanish-language response to Trump State of the Union address MORE (Calif.), have warned that Ocasio-Cortez's platform may work in her reliably liberal district, but may not be as easy to sell across the country. 

— Julia Manchester