Congressman Elijah Cummings on Friday said Democrats need a "big tent" but a "short and succinct" message in order to turn red seats blue at the local, state and federal level.
Cummings, D-Md., was asked by the MSNBC "Morning Joe" panel whether the Democratic Party should be more accepting of pro-life and/or pro-gun Democrats, and his answer was a resounding yes.
"I think we have to have a big tent," Cummings said. "Let's pull them under the tent so we can be effective and efficient in getting something done. Period."
Sen. Bernie Sanders has come under fire from Democrats for supporting a Nebraska Democrat who is anti-abortion, saying "you just can't exclude people who disagree with us on one issue."
Cummings agrees — winning is the thing.
"I want to win in the end," he said. "I want to pull as many under that tent as I can in the limited time that I have to do this job."
Cummings also said Democrats stand for the things that Americans want, but that they have to do a better job articulating exactly what that is.
"We need a message and we need to repeat that message over and over again. And it needs to be short and succinct," Cummings said. "Republicans, if they do nothing else, they stay on message."
The ranking member of the House Oversight Committee also was asked about the rising stars. The top three in the Democratic Party:
- Rep. Adam Schiff of California.
- Rep. Barbara Lee of California.
- Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia.
Cummings said he hopes former President Barack Obama will be an instrumental force in culling the next wave of Democrats at the local, state and congressional level.
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