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Presidential historian Kearns Goodwin: US needs a 'fiery centrist' right now

Presidential historian Kearns Goodwin: US needs a 'fiery centrist' right now
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Presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin said early Thursday that the country needs a "fiery centrist" right now to heal divisions and avoid "every single day" being "a breaking news day." 

“I’m not sure what the story is right now for them," Kearns Goodwin said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" while arguing that the Democratic Party lacks a positive message. "It just can’t be anti-Trump."

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"[The message to voters] has to be, 'What would it be like to wake up in the morning maybe and not have a scandal every single day? Not be breaking news every single day? Because we’re working together as a country, as a whole," the bestselling author continued.

"Whoever can talk about that, about healing divisions and making this country feel like we’re common citizens again, but with a fiery passion," she added. "That can’t be a centrist, a passive centrist, you’ve got to be a fiery centrist. And there could be such a person. That’s what the country needs right now.”

The commentary comes as conservatives railed against fiery rhetoric in recent days from prominent Democrats, including 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMueller's team asking Manafort about Roger Stone: report O'Rourke targets Cruz with several attack ads a day after debate GOP pollster says polls didn't pick up on movement in week before 2016 election MORE and former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderTwo Minnesota Republicans report attacks Now is not the time to reject civility Former Clinton aide Reines: ‘Party of snowflakes’ suddenly remodeled as 'angry mob of terrorists’ MORE.

Clinton told CNN on Tuesday that "the time for civility is over" when dealing with the GOP, while Holder declared that when Republicans go low, "we kick them," modifying a reference from former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichael Avenatti, please go away Minnesota GOP Senate candidate compared Michelle Obama to a chimp in Facebook post Former Clinton aide Reines: ‘Party of snowflakes’ suddenly remodeled as 'angry mob of terrorists’ MORE who once said, "When they go low, we go high."

Democrats argue that Republicans have been no better in raising the level of discourse, pointing to supporters of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump renews attacks against Tester over VA nominee on eve of Montana rally Trump submits 2017 federal income tax returns Corker: Trump administration 'clamped down' on Saudi intel, canceled briefing MORE earlier in the week chanting "Lock her up," when the president broached Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Pollsters: White college-educated women to decide if Dems capture House Trump, Feinstein feud intensifies over appeals court nominees American Bar Association dropping Kavanaugh review MORE's (D-Calif.) role in Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughProtesters confront Cruz at airport over Kavanaugh vote Trump renews attacks against Tester over VA nominee on eve of Montana rally Corker: Trump administration 'clamped down' on Saudi intel, canceled briefing MORE's confirmation process.

-- Updated Oct. 12, 10:47 p.m.