Representative Jim Himes encouraged his fellow Democrats to say whatever they need to in order to recapture the House during an interview on CNN on Friday.
“My message, Poppy — I tried to be very clear on this — is that in 2018, our mission is very clear. We’re not trying to elect a president of the United States. We’re trying to win the House of Representatives,” Himes stated. “That means we’re going to need to win Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s district in Queens. We’re also going to need to win districts in places like western Pennsylvania, in Ohio, Virginia, where quite frankly, I don’t think that ‘abolish ICE’ plays as well as it plays in Queens.”
He continued, “Do what you need to do in your district. What I’m warning against is let’s not have purity tests where we assume that a message that works in one of the bluest districts in the country is necessarily going to work for Conor Lamb in western Pennsylvania or for people running out west. Give people the room to say yes or no to different ideas in their districts that allow them to win.”
As Harlow mentioned in the video, Senators Sanders, Warren, Gillibrand, Durbin and Harris have all called for the abolition of ICE. Others trying to win seats in the House, such as Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have as well. (RELATED: Sen. Dick Durbin Calls ICE ‘A Group Of Incompetents’)
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