DNC: What’s it mean to be a Democrat?

Democratic Party LogoBy The Iowa Statesman


Democrats are struggling to answer a simple question — “What’s a Democrat?” — and must do a better job of explaining their core values to voters, according to a task force formed after the party’s dismal showing in the 2014 election.

“I am here to tell you the Democratic Party has lost its way,” Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear said in a recent report by the Associated Press. The problems are not with the “party’s core beliefs,” he said, but relate to “our inability to convey our principles to the American people in a precise, concise and passionate way.”

According to interim findings in the Democratic National Committee’s report released Saturday, Democrats lack a “cohesive narrative” and need to find ways to help their party explain bedrock values such as fairness, equality and opportunity.