Liberal journalist Martha Raddatz admitted to her network that swing voters are more concerned about the economy than January 6th and “election deniers” seeking office, a troubling sign for Democrats ahead of next week’s midterm elections.
Raddatz traveled to Nevada to report on the re-election campaign of Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), seen as the most vulnerable Democratic senator this cycle.
Reporter admits voters don’t care about J6
ABC Anchor David Muir noted that Cortez Masto has focused on tying her Republican rival Adam Laxalt to January 6th and Donald Trump’s so-called “Big Lie” about the 2020 election. But it doesn’t seem to be working, Raddatz conceded.
Her attempts to talk to voters about January 6th haven’t gone far, with most voters preoccupied by inflation, she said.
“Yeah, David, even if you ask voters about January 6 or election denial, they turn the conversation to the economy,” she said.
“That is what matters to those voters. That is, of course, what Republicans are trying to focus on. But Democrats are urging Nevada voters to stick with them and trying to convince them they can turn it around,” she added.
It’s not surprising that most voters don’t share the media bubble’s obsession with January 6th, but Raddatz’s sobering report is more evidence that Democrats’ out-of-touch message is falling flat.
Out of touch?
Still, Biden doubled down on trying to make the election a referendum on “our democracy” in yet another hectoring rant to voters Wednesday night.
Although he briefly acknowledged the financial struggles many Americans are facing — the Fed hiked interest rates yet again on Wednesday — Biden dedicated the brunt of his remarks to an overwrought moral argument about Republicans being an existential threat to the nation and its principles.
“This is the struggle we’re now in, a struggle for democracy, a struggle for decency and dignity, a struggle for prosperity and progress, a struggle for the very soul of America itself. Make no mistake, democracy is on the ballot for all of us,” Biden said.
Not everyone on the Democratic side appreciated Biden’s speech, with Obama strategist David Axelrod saying he doubts vulnerable Democrats “are eager for him to be on TV tonight.”
Republicans have enjoyed a surge in momentum heading into Election Day, with the party expected to reclaim the House and the Senate. RealClearPolitics projects that Republicans will flip Nevada, Georgia, Arizona, and New Hampshire to wind up with a 54-seat Senate majority.