Heading into the 2018 midterm elections, it’s clear that some Democrats hope to win by default. They are counting on deep public antipathy toward President Trump to produce a “blue wave” that sweeps us back into power.
We hope and expect Democrats to make significant gains this fall, but a purely negative campaign won’t get the job done in the long-term. To build durable majorities beyond November, Democrats must offer voters a fresh and hope-inspiring vision for renewing America’s economic and social progress. We need your help to develop such a vision.
Our July 12th symposium will feature pragmatic Democratic officials and candidates from across the country, top party pollsters and strategists, policy innovators, and private sector leaders who share New Democracy’s commitment to shaping a genuinely progressive alternative to populism.
We’ll also showcase bold ideas for spurring innovation and growth, and spreading digital opportunity to the people and places left behind by economic change; bringing our public schools into the 21st century; making college more affordable and creating a robust alternative path to acquiring skills for young people who don’t need or want college degrees; and, adopting smart fiscal policies that make room for public investment while reducing the nation’s debts.
This symposium also will highlight new strategies to help Democrats win on energy and climate; to finish the job of assuring affordable and high-quality health care for all Americans; for real tax reform that promotes work, asset-building and social mobility; for preventing China from systematically abusing free trade rules; and for ensuring the Democrats put security first.
Democrats need to offer voters a new narrative of hope and progress. We hope you’ll join us in this effort.