FILE - In this July 21, 2018, file photo, Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez speak in New York. Democrats seem eager to highlight Republican corruption ahead of the November midterm elections now that two of President Donald Trump’s former top allies are felons. As the party faithful gathered in Chicago Aug. 22 for the Democratic National Committee’s summer meeting, Perez ticked off the growing list of legal troubles for Trump and other Republicans. An “out of control” situation, he said, demands that voters “put up guard rails” by returning Democrats to power. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Democrats seek to keep focus on corruption, not impeachment

August 22, 2018 - 11:38 pm

CHICAGO (AP) — With two of President Donald Trump's former allies now felons, Democrats seem more eager to accuse Republicans of widespread corruption ahead of the November midterm elections.

But it's a tricky argument for Democrats as they try to avoid direct talk of impeachment and not lose focus of their economic arguments on health care and taxes.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi recalled Wednesday that Democrats won House control in 2006 by hammering on GOP corruption. And she promised that Democrats would hold Trump accountable. But she also encouraged her colleagues not to abandon bread-and-butter issues.

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez walked a similar tightrope at the national party's summer gathering in Chicago.

Some state party leaders with hot races say they'd be fine with avoiding the matter altogether.

AP Editorial Categories: 
Comments ()