Dem leader identifies chief flaw with Terry McAuliffe's strategy: 'People want to forget about Trump'
Terry McAuliffe on MSNBC/Screenshot

On CNN Wednesday, House Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) discussed what she believes is the main reason that Democratic former Gov. Terry McAuliffe failed to coast to a win in Virginia, despite Biden having won the state by 10 points and no Republican winning statewide there in over a decade.

"You say you are going to pass these two transformational bills and there is going to be a lot of things a lot of people are going to like and need," said anchor Anderson Cooper. "Maybe I am completely overstating this but I mean, you would think if people saw, oh, well that's coming down the pike and yes, it hasn't happened yet but it's going to happen and gosh that's a great thing, they would vote — it would have gone better for Democrats last night."

"Well, I don't think that's true," said Jayapal. "I think we are going to win New Jersey and I think that in Virginia, it was a challenging thing because, you know, I think we cannot run on just tying Trump to Republicans. I think that people want to forget about Trump because he was so chaotic and so destructive."

She then elaborated on what she think Democrats needed to do instead.

"I think what we have to do is we have to run on local issues," she added. "We have to acknowledge people's pain, and we have to show that we have delivered and I believe that that will bring people back. It will also raise enthusiasm within our base. And I think we will turn things around. And again, this is not unusual for this to happen in an off-year."

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Pramila Jayapal suggests why Terry McAuliffe failed to win