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Dem Senator Says Russia Issue Hurting Dems, Not What Voters Are Talking About

Chris Murphy told MSNBC that his constituents in Connecticut are never talking about Russia when he speaks with them.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) said on Monday that he thinks the Democratic Party has spent too much time talking about Russia in Washington, which has distracted the party from rebuilding, during an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

NBC’s Willie Geist asked Murphy if he thinks Democrats running for office need to be more progressive or more moderate, following the results of Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District special election on Tuesday.

“I think what it means is the Democrats have to be hyper-focused on an economic message that tells people that the Republican Party is all about economic growth for millionaires and billionaires, and the Democratic Party is about economic growth for everybody,” Murphy told Geist.

“The fact that we have spent so much time talking about Russia has, you know, has been a distraction from what should be the clear contrast between Democrats and the Trump agenda, which is on economics,” Murphy continued.

Murphy then told Geist that when he is back home in Connecticut, his constituents are “never” talking about the Russia issue like Democrats in Washington are.

“I have to say, they are never talking about issues like Russia. They are not talking, frankly, about what’s on cable news at night,” Murphy told Geist.

“They are talking about the same things. Wages. They’re talking about education. They’re talking about public safety,” Murphy concluded. “And so, I think Democrats have to be hyper-focused on an economic contrast.”