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Former Dem Rep: Democrats’ Deal ‘Misses the Point’

Harold Ford, Jr. said that Democrats are “a ways away from having a better deal,” during an interview on Tuesday.

Former Democratic Rep. Harold Ford, Jr. (D-TN) said on Tuesday that the Democrats’ new message, “A Better Deal,” “misses the point,” during an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough joked with Ford that the Democrats’ new slogan sounded like a Papa John’s pizza ad and asked Ford what the party is doing with this messaging.

“I think it’s a decent try, but it misses the point,” Ford, Jr. responded. He added that Democrats often talk about pro growth, pro jobs and pro consumer efforts as if they are in conflict with one another.

Ford, Jr. continued, “If you talk to big business [and] small business alike, they all want smarter and fewer regulations. The only way they can create jobs…is if you create a business climate where these things can happen.”

“For some reason when Democrats talk about these things, they sound as if they are talking about each of them in silos, and I think they miss the point,” he said.

The former congressman added that Americans look at Silicon Valley, New York City, and D.C. as places where economic growth exists, but cities like Chicago, Baltimore, and Detroit as places where it doesn’t.

“That’s where the growth and the opportunity has to spread to, and until Democrats awaken to these realities, it’s going to be hard to excite our base and hard to bring in independents and new people to the fold,” Ford, Jr. concluded. “So again I applaud the try, but we are still a ways away from having a better deal.”