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Ex-GOP Official: Bill Clinton in California a Bad Sign for Dems

By    |   Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 04:24 PM

Former President Bill Clinton stumping in California just days before the midterm election means the Democratic Party is in serious trouble, the state's former Republican party chairman told Newsmax TV on Thursday.

"The Democrats, you would think, would have the left coast sewn up," lawyer and Forbes.com contributor Tom Del Beccaro told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner. "That's what you do early on; you look down your base and then you go and search for votes in the middle."

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Democrats "need votes in the middle of the country," said Del Beccaro. "They need to save Arkansas, Iowa and North Carolina, and Bill is going to be going there next."

But he added, "If you're only five or six days out [from the election], and Bill Clinton is in California trying to save House seats, then you know the Democrats are having trouble nationwide."

Del Beccaro said that while California is still very much a blue state, the restiveness or apathy shown by Democrat voters generally is appearing even on the West Coast.

He said that discontent is also visible among younger voters — millennials.

"They were promised a bright economic future by this president, and they're not getting it," said Del Beccaro. "Here in California, if you're not [working] in the Silicon Valley or some of the better parts of the Los Angeles area that are booming, you are left out."

He said that economic troubles in the state's huge agricultural sector is one reason Democrats are struggling to hang on to House seats in several districts.

"We may see some small gains in California," he said of his party.

Democrat failings present Republicans with an opportunity to attract more Californians, especially among the state's burgeoning Asian and Hispanic populations, which have plenty in common, philosophically, with Republicans, said Del Beccaro.

But for those connections to be made and converted into electoral wins, state Republicans "have to be able to provide practical solutions to these people," he said. "They can't just let the Democrats fall down.

"You've got to provide concrete solutions to people's lives," he said. "That can make a difference, and they need to do that before 2016."

One party facing losses after six years in the White House is nothing new, Del Beccaro added.

"In 2006, the Republicans weren't all that excited, either," he said, citing the election year in which the GOP and President George W. Bush, halfway through his second term, lost their majorities in Congress as many Republican voters stayed home.

"This is a normal historical thing," said Del Baccaro.

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