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 SandersThe Memo: Trump faces steep climb to reelection California Democrats face crisis of credibility after lawsuits Fox's Brit Hume fires back at Trump's criticism of the channel MORE effect in 2016 and partly it's [Sen.] Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe Memo: Trump faces steep climb to reelection Feehery: A whole new season of 'Game of Thrones' Overnight Energy: Warren wants Dems to hold climate-focused debate | Klobuchar joins candidates rejecting fossil fuel money | 2020 contender Bennet offers climate plan 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 HarrisThe Memo: Trump faces steep climb to reelection California Democrats face crisis of credibility after lawsuits Feehery: A whole new season of 'Game of Thrones' 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