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Schumer: Dems, not Russia, are to blame for loss to Trump

The Hill logo The Hill 7/23/2017 Aida Chavez
Schumer: Dems, not Russia, are to blame for loss to Trump © Provided by The Hill Schumer: Dems, not Russia, are to blame for loss to Trump Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) says that Democrats, not Russia, are to blame for Hillary Clinton's loss to President Trump.

"When you lose to somebody who has 40 percent popularity, you don't blame other things - [James] Comey, Russia - you blame yourself," Schumer said in an interview Saturday with The Washington Post.

"So what did we do wrong? People didn't know what we stood for, just that we were against Trump. And still believe that."

Last year, much of the Democrats' strategy hinged on criticism of Trump in hopes that the many controversies swirling around the GOP presidential candidate would damage down-ballot Republicans, a plan which largely failed.

In May, Clinton blamed former FBI Director Comey and Wikileaks for her election loss.

"I was on the way to winning until the combination of Jim Comey's letter on October 28 and Russian WikiLeaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me, but got scared off," Clinton said.

"And the evidence for that intervening event is, I think, compelling, persuasive. And so we overcame a lot. We overcame an enormous barrage of negativity, of false equivalency, and so much else."

The Democratic party is planning to unveil a new agenda which includes the slogan, "A Better Deal: Better Jobs, Better Wages, Better Future," and Schumer vows that it's an expression "that everyone will use - a better deal for workers, a better deal for women, a better deal for prescription-drug buyers."

Schumer said the new agenda "is not about moving the party left or right, and it's not about appealing to one coalition or another. A strong, sharp-edged, populist, bold economic message appeals to the Obama coalition and the people who voted for Trump - former Democrats who voted for Trump."

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