Economist says Dems need candidates who talk more about decline of industrialization

Economist Samuel Hammond said Friday that Democratic candidates need to talk more about the decline of the industrialized economy in places like the Rust Belt.

"One of the biggest trends that I think any Democrat needs to talk about is the deterioration and the decline in the industrial side of the economy," Hammond, director of poverty and welfare policy at the Niskanen Center, told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons on "What America's Thinking."

"If you've ever traveled through upstate New York, Detroit or Michigan, you see a lot of real ruin and strife that's coming from the loss of jobs that formerly employed people with relatively low skills or low education," he continued.  

"That requires a working-class message that some Democrats maybe will thread the needle on, but those people aren't necessarily going to be swayed by a message focused on soaking the rich," he said. "They're going to be swayed on a message based on 'hey a four-year college education is great, but there's other paths to education that count, too." 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes MORE was able to flip a number of blue collar voters in the Rust Belt who had previously voted for former President Obama. 

Some Democrats, in turn, have looked to former Vice President Biden as a potential challenger to Trump in 2020 due to his working-class roots and popularity among Rust Belt voters. 

— Julia Manchester