Dem senator: Party has trouble connecting to people’s hearts, has a ‘tendency to be very left-brain’

Sen. Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoRubio: ‘I don’t know’ if Nauert has 'detailed knowledge' to succeed as UN ambassador Overnight Defense: Nauert tapped for UN envoy | Trump teases changes to Joint Chiefs of Staff | Trump knocks Tillerson as 'dumb as a rock' | Scathing report details Air Force failures before Texas shooting Dem senator slams Nauert's lack of 'qualifications' for UN ambassador MORE (D-Hawaii) said Tuesday that Democrats often struggle to connect with voters because they have a tendency to appeal to minds rather than hearts.

"I wish I had the answer to that because one of the things that we, Democrats, have a really hard time is connecting to people’s hearts instead of [their heads]," Hirono said, when asked how Democrats could drive voter turnout.

"We’re really good at shoving out all the information that touch people here [pointing to her head] but not here [pointing to her heart]."


"I have been saying at all of our Democratic retreats that we need to speak to the heart, not in a manipulative way that brings forth everybody's fears and resentments, but truly to speak to the heart so that people know that we're on their side," she said. 

"We have a really hard time doing that and one of the reasons that it was told to me at one of our retreats is that we Democrats know so much. That is true, and we kind of have to tell everybody how smart we are and we have a tendency to be very left-brain," she added, referring to the hemisphere associated with logic and analytical thinking.

Though Democrats made significant gains in the House in the 2018 midterms, GOP gained seats in the Senate.

Some polling showed a dip for Democrats following the brutal confirmation fight over the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughChief justice of California Supreme Court leaves GOP over Kavanaugh confirmation Doug Jones: Carmakers 'scared to death' over Trump tariffs McCaskill: 'Kavanaugh spectacle' made the difference in midterm loss MORE.

Hirono, who was one of the figures at the center of that conflict, argued that Kavanaugh did not deserve the presumption of innocence when facing allegations of sexual misconduct because the Senate hearings were not a court of law.