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New Democrats Dine With Pelosi to Shape 2016 Message

By    |   Thursday, 05 March 2015 08:17 PM EST

More than two dozen House Democrats met with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday for a closed-door lunch to help jump-start voters for 2016, according to a report.

Politico reports that almost 30 members of the New Democrat Coalition, a moderate group, pitched their ideas to Pelosi on how to improve the party's message during the next election cycle.

Democrats want to avoid the crushing defeat they suffered in last fall's midterms, in which they lost a net 13 seats in the House and nine in the Senate. As a result, Republicans gained control of the Senate and tightened their grip on the House.

Pelosi, however, said the GOP's performance at the polls was not a "wave."

According to lawmakers and aides who attended the Wednesday lunch, the meeting was cordial, reports Politico.

The website quotes one Democrat who pointed out Pelosi's willingness to craft a message geared toward middle-class voters and those who live in the suburbs.

The Democrat told Politico the group is advocating tax reform that "helps businesses compete."

"It was a fairly big deal [for Pelosi to join us], especially given the fact that it was the same day that we unveiled our new agenda," one Democrat lawmaker told Politico. "There are concerns about broadening our message so we're more inclusive of a broader swath of the middle class. We talked about winning back constituents that we've seemed to [have] lost and we talked about respect [for the coalition's views]."

The report says the members of the group asked Pelosi to have more say in the party's messaging ahead of next year's elections. Pelosi, according to Politico, called the New Democrats "valued members" of the party.

Politico reports that the following Democrats were at the meeting: Reps. Ron Kind, Gerry Connolly, Jim Himes, Jared Polis, John Carney, Kathleen Rice, Lois Capps, Ed Perlmutter, Joaquin Castro, Ami Bera, John Delaney, Derek Kilmer, Ann Kirkpatrick, and Kurt Schrader.

Much of the 2016 talk has centered on the presidential election, to which no major candidates have committed. Hillary Clinton is the heavy favorite on the left, and she has long been expected to announce her candidacy in the spring.

Clinton, however, is facing backlash and criticism for using a private email address during her time as secretary of State. The e-mail's server was reportedly at the family in Chappaqua, N.Y.

Clinton responded by saying she would release her emails, although the State Department must first vet them — a process that could take months.

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More than two dozen House Democrats met with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday for a closed-door lunch to help jump-start voters for 2016, according to a report.
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