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Rep. Moulton: Jones Win No Cause for Dems to Rest on Laurels

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By    |   Wednesday, 13 December 2017 02:07 PM

Doug Jones' win in Alabama's Senate race against GOP candidate Roy Moore Tuesday was an important victory, but Democrats can't rest on their laurels, Rep. Seth Moulton said Wednesday.

"[Moore was] someone who had no business being in the United States Senate," the Massachusetts Democrat told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. 

"It shows when we put forward good candidates and get our base energized and activists working, we can make a difference even in the Deep South. This is an important victory."

However, he insisted, people should not take the win as a sign that all is fine in the Democratic Party.

"We need more of a vision for where America should be going," Moulton said, and he said he plans to continue his call for new leadership for his party.

In addition, there is danger in Democrats' overreacting to Jones' win against Moore, a flawed candidate who was accused by several women of sexual actions allegedly occurring when he was in his 30s and they were teenagers.

"That's why I'll continue my call for a new leadership, not just talk about how [Donald] Trump is an awful president but about our future plan for the country," said Moulton. "How will we win jobs back for people in middle America who aren't getting paid what they used to?

"What's our tax reform plan, and how will we put forward a strong national security when the president has exposed weakness with his erratic behavior as commander in chief?"

He said Democrats also need to be sure that their party ensures all Americans have a role to play in the economy of the future.

"A lot of people in 2016 abandoned the Democratic Party because they felt like we weren't feeling their pain," said Moulton. "We weren't realizing that a lot of people have lost their jobs, are not making what they used to, that jobs are going away."

Jobs are leaving not because of immigration, said Moulton, but because of automation, so a realistic plan must be made to face the economic transition . . . Republicans have left a tremendous opening when they think we can go back in time to fix today's economic problems."

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Doug Jones' win in Alabama's Senate race against GOP candidate Roy Moore Tuesday was an important victory, but Democrats can't rest on their laurels, Rep. Seth Moulton said Wednesday.
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