A group of Democratic governors say that the key to their party's success will be a renewed focus on the creation of jobs, The New York Times reported.
At a meeting of the National Governors Association, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo said Democrats have failed to make jobs a priority, instead treating them as part of a list.
"Are you pro-choice? Check. Are you pro-transgender rights? Check? Are you pro-gay rights? Check. Are you pro-renewable energy? Check. Are you pro-good jobs? Check. My own view is, we have to say: The whole game is job growth," Raimondo said.
The governor issued a call to action for governors: "People feel left behind because they are left behind. People feel the playing field isn't level because it's not level. So let's level it."
Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee concurred.
"We as a party have to wrap all of our messages and all of our issues in a central jobs and economic message," Inslee said, according to The Times.
Raimondo, Inslee, and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper are seen as possible candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination, and they are taking more of a leadership position in the Democratic agenda.
However, only 16 Democrats hold governorships, most in pro-Democrat states such as New York, California, and Oregon. Governors have control over the mapping of congressional districts, so that will be a priority in winning House seats back from Republicans, the Times reported.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy called on Republicans to fulfill their campaign promises. "What have they passed? Where is the jobs bill? Where is a better health care plan?"
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock said Democrats have to do more than just oppose President Donald Trump.
"I think we as Democrats have to have a narrative of what we're for, not just what we're against," Bullock said.
Malloy expressed optimism about Democrats' chances.
"Let me give you a prediction. We're going to do well" in the midterm election, he said, according to New Boston Post.
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