2 August 2017

Challenges Facing the Democratic and Republican Parties

For the week of August 6, 2017

The American political scene is in a chaotic state. Gridlock is paralyzing Congress, and the Trump administration is mired in controversy. Democrats hope to gain congressional seats in the 2018 midterms but losses in several recent special elections are causing some to question their party’s direction. This week, a look at the disarray in Washington and the challenges facing both parties in the 2018 elections.

Guest: Kathryn Pearson, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota

  • Part 1 – 14:15

    Part 1
    At the end of July, Democrats unveiled their economic plan titled “A Better Deal.” Will this be enough to regain a connection with the voters the party lost in 2016? Pearson discusses the challenges Democrats will need to overcome in 2018.
  • Part 2 – 12:20

    Part 2
    With the failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act, what will Republican lawmakers’ message be to voters in 2018? Pearson discusses possible repercussions from the health care votes and where President Trump’s popularity among supporters could help save GOP seats in 2018.