Elections

David Brooks warns Dems overplayed abortion, gay marriage on opening night of DNC

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Jeff Poor
Media Reporter

During Tuesday’s coverage of the Democratic National Convention from Charlotte, N.C. on PBS, New York Times columnist David Brooks told co-anchor Gwen Ifill that some of the speeches’ rhetorical fire on the event’s first night might be misplaced on social issues instead of on the economy.

“You know, you’re electing someone — we’re going to spend four more years with these people — and after this speech, I think a lot of people will say, ‘Yeah, I think I kind of do,’” Brooks said.

“The one cavil I will have … is this speech has — [it] reinforces something we’ve heard all night, which was how much the crowd goes crazy and how passionate they are about abortion and gay marriage and the social issues. And tonight has been about that.

“And to me it should have been a lot more about economics, growth, and debt. And that better be the job of day two and day three because they did not do it here.”

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