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February 12, 2016

DCCC Chairman Says “Middle Class” 35 Times in 45-Minute News Conference

Israel, a New York Democrat, is chairman of the DCCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo).

After a rough couple of months for his caucus, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel has pinned his hopes for the party on the recently released House GOP budget proposal.

“Let me stipulate, it’s a tough climate for us right now,” Israel told reporters at a Wednesday morning news conference at the National Press Club. “But I believe that this budget, this Republican budget, helps change the narrative by reminding voters we’ve got their backs. “

“And climates change,” he added.

The New York Democrat said his party will make the case to voters that the Republican budget prioritizes corporate subsidies over the interests of the middle class. In several instances, Israel referenced issues in districts with vulnerable House Republicans, like Rep. Steve Southerland II, R-Fla. and Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo.

Israel’s proclamation comes one day after House Budget Chairman Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., released his annual proposed spending plan.

Israel used the term “middle class” approximately 35 times in the 45-minute news conference.

“They should have just printed middle finger on to the middle class on page one of this budget, that’s how this budget treats middle class families in America,” he said.

This week, Democrats got some some good news out of the Affordable Care Act — a law that has dogged the party’s most endangered members in recent cycles. But President Barack Obama’s administration announced that the program exceeded enrollment expectations on Tuesday.

But Israel was hesitant to say that health care law is now a helpful political issue to his vulnerable incumbents.

“It’s too early to say whether the tide has turned, and whether the tide has turned is outside of my control,” he said.

Israel added that while he “cannot predict the future,” he is not anticipating any more retirements in his caucus from competitive districts.

Democrats must capture a net of 17 seats to gain control of the House.

  • Buro Cratz

    Arguably, the regard for responsibility that thrives where people embrace liberty has fallen low enough to undermine the very freedom upon which our prosperity and civilization rest.

  • terjeanderson

    Do you use some kind of computer algorithm to generate all of your sock puppet names?

    Or are you just some random spambot programmed to spew your inanities on any website where you can get past the spam filters?

  • John Kenner

    It’s important to remember that the 18 collectivist tendencies imported by Stuart Chase included a centralized government with an executive arm growing at the expense of the others.

  • EricStoner

    After all, he’s a rock ribbed believer in his positions: 10/16/2013 DCCC Chief No Regrets Voting Against Raising Ceiling During Bush Times:

  • Layla

    Mr. Israel, there is no longer a middle class, thanks to your actions and that of this administration. You haven’t a clue how the real world is living.

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