U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI-12) says she was disappointed in the Democratic presidential debate because of the lack of a focus on trade, Fox News reports.
Fox News’ story on “Cavuto Live,” with video, is available here.
“I was very disappointed when they left Detroit,” the Michigan congresswoman said while appearing on “Cavuto Live” on Saturday. She said that the debate focused too much on “one-line practiced jabs” rather than issues that affected cities and the heartland.
Dingell said the issue of trade, especially with China, was absent in the debate. She predicted Donald Trump had a chance of winning the White House in 2016; she said she supported his tough stance against China, which she said helped him win in 2016.
(For an analysis of the Democratic debate, read this story by George Rasley, CHQ Editor.)
The Democrat from Dearborn told NBC News/MSNBC that it will take a Democratic candidate being more than anti-Trump to win in 2020. She repeated her accusation of the candidates taking jabs instead of dealing with issues that are important to Michiganders like her.
Dingell has focused on her party’s trade problem since before the debate.
In June she told Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” that the “Democrats did a terrible job on trade two-and-a-half years ago.”
The video is available here.
Despite that, Dingell said neither she, nor the rest of the Democrats in the House, are ready to vote on USMCA.
Last month, Star News Political Editor Steve Gill spoke with Fox News about USMCA, which has been dubbed “NAFTA 2.0,” Battleground State News reported. Gill spoke about why House Democrats are dragging their feet. It comes down to them not wanting to give the president a “win” heading into the 2020 elections, he said.
The new plan will benefit the agricultural and automotive industries, Gill said. Mexico has approved it and Canada is ready to approve it.
“The only thing holding it up right now is the House Democrats, and frankly, they don’t want to give President Trump a win,” Gill said.
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Jason M. Reynolds has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist at outlets of all sizes.