Democratic leaders have met with more than 250 potential candidates for office as the party tries to turn anti-Trump sentiment into more House seats.
According to Politico, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is focused on reclaiming House leadership in the 2018 midterm elections. Its plan to get there has the party seeking out new candidates to run against Republicans who are up for reelection.
Party leaders have connected with 255 potential candidates covering 64 voting districts, Politico reports. They include veterans and people with experience working in small business environments. The party wants to recruit women and people without any political experience to run as well.
"We are going to be on offense, we are going to take this fight to the American people," Rep. Ben Ray Luján, a New Mexico Democrat who chairs the DCCC, said last week.
Democrats spent the weeks after last fall's presidential election licking their wounds and trying to figure out how Donald Trump was able to defeat Hillary Clinton. It now seems as if the party has an action plan to move forward and advance the party's agenda down the road.
Politico reports that some potential candidates attended workshops at the DCCC's Washington, D.C. headquarters over the weekend. On Tuesday, the organization will reportedly hold a meeting about the recruitment of veterans for political office.
Bestselling political writer Ed Klein told Newsmax TV last week that Democrats have a good chance of taking back the House in 2018 "if the Trump administration continues to act like rookies and cannot pass their big policy issues like tax reform, infrastructure, the wall, and things like that."
Democrats are also targeting Republican senators for next year's election, including Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.
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