CNN panellist predicts ‘bad night’, says Democrats didn’t ‘listen’ to voters during election

Democratic strategist and CNN political commentator Hilary Rosen said Sunday that she was “not happy” with the Democratic Party and insisted she was not listening to voters in this election.

“I’m a loyal Democrat, but I’m not happy. I just think we didn’t listen to the voters in this election and I think we’re going to have a bad night. This conversation won’t have much impact on Tuesday, but I hope it has an impact going forward, because when voters keep telling you over and over again that their main concern is the economy, listen to them,” Rosen said .

She said Democrats need to stop talking about democracy being at stake.

“Democracy is at stake because people argue so much about what elections mean. I mean, the voters told us what they wanted to hear, and I don’t think the Democrats delivered that cycle,” she added.

Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen says she is "not happy" with her party's messaging ahead of the midterms.

Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen says she is “not happy” with her party’s messages ahead of the midterms.
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CNN’s Bakari Sellars agreed, but added that some Democrats, like Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Ariz., and Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-GA., ran great races.

“In these places we have the unfortunate combination of strong gubernatorial candidates. You know, like Mark Kelly — I just went to Arizona and spent time there, talking to a group of constituents. Mark Kelly is popular, but Kari Lake is more popular. And the combination of Kari Lake’s popularity and Joe Biden’s unpopularity will hurt Mark Kelly. And that’s why I think we’re in trouble for the top of the ticket,” Rosen said.

Kelly takes on Republican Blake Masters in the Arizona Senate race. Lake will face off against Democrat Katie Hobbs, Arizona Secretary of State, on Tuesday.

Former Mike Pence chief of staff Marc Short said Masters is likely to win Arizona because the southern border is a “serious issue” for voters. He argued that Democrats have not discussed what they would do to lower inflation or immigration.

Arizona Republican Senate nominee Blake Masters smiles onstage before a televised debate with Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly and Libertarian nominee Marc Victor October 6, 2022 in Phoenix.

Arizona Republican Senate nominee Blake Masters smiles onstage before a televised debate with Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly and Libertarian nominee Marc Victor October 6, 2022 in Phoenix.
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“It’s not because of facts Marc, I don’t think we’re in trouble because of facts. I think we’re in trouble over news,” Rosen replied. “You were in office for a long time and didn’t do anything about it.”

Rosen also argued that Democrats have an economic story to tell, saying, “People actually like our policies better when it comes to the economy.”

A sign in a voting district the day before Democrats and Republicans vote for their candidates in the November congressional elections in Birmingham, Michigan August 1, 2022.

A sign in a voting district the day before Democrats and Republicans vote for their candidates in the November congressional elections in Birmingham, Michigan August 1, 2022.
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Both President Biden and former President Obama have argued in recent campaign speeches that democracy is at stake in these midterm elections.

“It is estimated that more than 300 [GOP] Conscientious objectors are on the ballot across America this year,” Biden said Wednesday during a DNC speech. “This isn’t about me… This is about the durability of our democracy.”

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