Sherrod Brown's warning in Iowa: 'Democrats simply aren’t talking to working-class families'

Sherrod Brown's warning in Iowa: 'Democrats simply aren’t talking to working-class families'

Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownHillicon Valley: Google to promote original reporting | Senators demand answers from Amazon on worker treatment | Lawmakers weigh response to ransomware attacks Senate Democrats want answers on 'dangerous' Amazon delivery system Hillicon Valley: Uber vows to defy California labor bill | Facebook, Google, Twitter to testify on mass shootings | Facebook's Libra to pursue Swiss payments license MORE (D-Ohio) believes that Democrats are failing to deliver an economic message to voters in the Midwest, where the senator is currently traveling as he considers a potential 2020 bid for the presidency.

At an event Thursday, Brown told Iowa Democrats that members of the party were making a false choice between campaigning for the party's progressive base or working-class families, according to the Des Moines Register.


"Democrats simply aren’t talking to working-class families," Brown said. "It’s almost like this view that you either talk to the progressive base to excite them or you talk to working-class families and you hear about their families and their problems. And no, you’ve got to do both."

"Wall Street just totally ignores communities like this and so, too often, does state and national government. So we chose to come here," he added Thursday.

The Ohio senator has said that he is considering entering the crowded 2020 Democratic primary field, and is currently visiting Iowa and other early primary states on his "Dignity of Work" tour.

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He previously told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" last month that Democrats will lose in 2020 if forced to choose between supporting America's working class or progressive younger voters.

"I've seen so many national Democrats look at this as you either speak to the progressive base, or you speak to workers, working-class voters of all races. And if we have to choose between the two, we lose," he said.