Tlaib not sold on ‘blue wave’ in midterms

Tlaib not sold on ‘blue wave’ in midterms
© Rashida Tlaib for Congress

Michigan Democratic congressional candidate Rashida Tlaib on Thursday said she is not fully sold on the predictions of a "blue wave" during the upcoming midterm elections. 

"I always tell people waves come and go," Tlaib, a progressive Democrat who is set to become the first Muslim-American woman in Congress, said on CNN's "New Day." 

"We need to own the ocean," she continued. "What I mean by that is we need to be inspiring a whole new generation of people that just have not been engaged in our political system, in our government, and I think that’s what’s been has been really disconnected with Congress right now and the American people." 

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Tlaib said she does not know if the "blue wave" will pan out, referring to predictions that Democrats would win big in 2018 due to an electorate re-energized in part by opposition to President TrumpDonald John TrumpLondon terror suspect’s children told authorities he complained about Trump: inquiry The Memo: Tide turns on Kavanaugh Trump to nominate retiring lawmaker as head of trade agency MORE

"I don’t know exactly what’s going to happen but I know in [Michigan's] 13th Congressional District, the families I talk to, it was always around issues, not different identifiers, not about specific things that are happening right now in D.C.," she said.

"[It was] more about what’s going on in their homes now, the challenges they’re facing now, feeling like they don’t have a seat at the table or feeling like they’re not being heard," Tlaib continued.

Tlaib said New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a rising progressive star of the Democratic Party, agrees with her assessment.

"We do feel it even with the questions from so many people around us, there seems to be a disconnect between the American people and what’s happening in Congress," Tlaib said.