Democratic Party Picnic to Be Held in Des Moines, Iowa

A Democratic congressman weighing a 2020 presidential campaign has some ideas about how his party can better compete in closely contested states that Republicans have begun to control.

Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan is in Iowa, as the keynote speaker at a Democratic Party picnic in Des Moines on Saturday. He is urging his party to present a simple, economic message that appeals across race, religion and region.

He says “it starts with letting these working-class people know that we see them, we hear them and we know what they are going through, and we have a plan.”

Illinois Rep. Cheri Bustos and Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton are also speaking at the Polk County Democratic Party picnic.

As in Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin, where Trump also won, Democrats in Iowa have been overtaken by Republicans in Congress and the statehouse.

This is Ryan’s second trip to Iowa this year. Iowa is scheduled to hold the leadoff presidential caucuses in 2020.

Source: Associated Press