Analysts says there has been a shift in how Democrats talk about economic inequality

Analyst Vanessa Williamson said on Friday that there has been a shift in how Democrats talk about the issue of economic inequality. 

"I think we've seen a real shift in what Democrats are willing to say about economic inequality. And partly that's a 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 effect in 2016 and partly it's [Sen.] Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenAre Democrats turning Trump-like? Manufacturing shrinks, raising questions for Trump Volatile presidential polls spark new round of anxieties MORE [(D-Mass.)], but there's been a lot of movement on this issue," Williamson, a governance study fellow at the Brookings Institution, told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons on "What America's Thinking." 

"One of the interesting things about it is a lot of poll data suggests that it's a good idea to talk that way to Democrats, and also to independents," she said. 

The growing 2020 Democratic primary field has seen candidates asked about their positions on issues like health care and economic inequality. 

While Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisAre Democrats turning Trump-like? Volatile presidential polls spark new round of anxieties Conservative commentator rips Shapiro over criticism of people with multiple jobs MORE (D-Calif.) said she did not consider herself to be a democratic socialist, she has embraced programs such as "Medicare for all." 

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who championed economic equality during the 2016 presidential campaign, is likely to brand himself as the original advocate for these ideas as a means to stand out in the crowded field. 

— Julia Manchester