tv Washington Journal Krystal Ball Discusses the Peoples House Project CSPAN June 6, 2017 2:08pm-2:35pm EDT
>> "washington journal" continues. host: joining us from network is krystal ball. founders of the people house project. hijacking the democratic party to save the world. good morning to you. guest: good morning. host: talk about the people's house project. what is the genesis of this project? guest: the genesis with many things in politics right now was this way to selection. and the soul searching to figure out how we can win over a broader population and really be in a position to govern and provide solutions for people again. as you know, we've lost over a thousand state legislative seats over the past eight years, we lost government mansions, we have the smallest house caucuses. lost control of the senate. we're not in a good place.
it came from that sort of moment of where did we go wrong. just so you know about my background. i grew up in rural virginia. i ran for congress there unsuccessful in 2010. i lived in ohio near youngstown in the heart of the rust belts. right now i live in kentucky. i seen a lot of these shifts away from the democratic party close up. that was the genesis. thinking about how we can win in these regions again and get back to governing. i wrote about the people's house project and the idea for it in my book "reversinged apocalypse" if we're going to change where we win, we need to change the kind of candidates we're running, how we're running those campaigns and the issues that we're running on. what i mean by that is, right now, a lot of the candidates that we select on our side and republicans too obviously i'm more expert on my side of the aisle, that's what i focus men
critique on. the way we go about selecting candidates we think about who has the greater connections to fundraising circles. who can raise the money. that was the feed back when i was running. rather than think being who has the deepest connection with deepest connection with their community. who can really best speak to the issues that are uniquely faced by that community. that's the first part is changing the types of candidates we're running. i would love for us to see a lot of folks from more middle and working class backgrounds running. stepping up to run for the first time. veterans nurses, firefighters, teachers those folks who are uniquely connected to their community. that's the difference in candidates. in terms how we run campaigns we've become beholden to this sort of what i call a industrial complex. this is what i saw in my own campaign. your male consultant tell you
got to spend tens of thousand to win. tv consultant tell you got to spend hundreds of thousand on tv to win. when campaigns are so expensive it does narrow the range of folks who will be able to credibly raise enough money and win. on our side of the aisle on the democratic side, one thing that we're really fortunate with now is there are tons of energy. people are super engaged. what i want to play with with the people house project is a different way of running campaigns to where we're less focused on spending those dollars for mailers that end up in the trash and tv ads and more about how we incontinue the community and use creative solutions to get our message out there in a joyful and inclusive way. the last piece is the type of issues that we're running on. we've enforced a lot of purity in our party on at the do of different issues. we allowed anything goes on economics. as a result, we have very little
in terms of a strong economic message. we with the people's house project will focus on candidates who are putting economic spurts who are thinking boldly about the unique challenges we're facing now with low paying jobs with low benefits and low predictability and this coming wave of automation that we're already seeing that's wiping out jobs that's creating more instability for folks and contributing to a wage being stuck. long answer to your question, those are some of the things i've been thinking about. host: krystal ball our guest not only to talk about her organization and issues involving the democratic party. if you want to ask a question, for democrats 202-748-8000, 202-748-8001202-748-8001 for republicans for independents 202-748-8002. you can find this on cnn.
right now our party has about the same level of credibility as donald trump. guest: yeah. unfortunately that's the case. if you look at the polling, i think that's provincial rating of the democratic party and our president who isn't doing so well in public opinion polling are about equivalent. it does come to this piece about the type of candidates that we've been running and also our connections to the real economic issues that folks are facing. it's very hard to stay credibly that you are the party of the people when you see more focused on who can raise money and who has connections to the donor community than who's going to deliver for their community. in my view, the democratic party is the legitimate party of the people. we are the ones who have been fighting for working people and the middle class for decades. we've gone a stray a bit from that focus. people are feeling like they're disconnected from the party and
don't see how we are there to be a service to them. host: to put it fine point on it. as far as leadership of the current democratic party, does in mean a change at the top? changes say in the house, nancy pelosi being head of the democrats there. other changes you need to see not only make more people coming into the process but get more people behind what you're doing? guest: i think that would be helpful. that's not what the people's house project is about. i was involved with the effort tim ryan from youngstown, ohio, challenged nancy pelosi for minority leader. i was involved with helping him with that effort. he is involved with the people's house project. the thought there after president obama was out and after hillary clinton lost and joe biden was out, we were faced with a democratic party and continue to be faced with a democratic party without a clear leader. whether it's fair or not, nancy
pelosi is really been demonized across the country. she is the first ad that every republican runs against their democratic challenging tieing them to nancy pelosi. we saw this in montana for example. gianforte saying he was nancy pelosi in a cowboy hat. again, whether that's fair to nancy pelosi or not, she is part of the damaged brands of the democratic party. it would be helpful to have a change. that's not what we're dealing with here in the people's house project. what we're trying to do is really focus on local communities and the types of candidates that will be able to appeal there and have the deep connection. when somebody does run an ad saying they're nancy pelosi in a cowboy hat or in boots or whatever, there won't be at the do of credibility behind that. i know bob and susan, that's not who they are. they're in touch with our community. they're not part of this distant elite. which is what it means when i try to tie a candidate to nancy
pelosi. host: you talk about some of the representatives backing you. who is backing you in terms of support and funding? guest: we're still early days. i don't want to release numbers or names. i got congressman tim ryan from youngstown behind us. my congressman in kentucky and a number of others. we're excited about the support we're getting. host: krystal ball our guest. our first call from cat in grand junction, colorado democrats line. caller: thanks for taking my call. i'm really proud and glad to know that you guys are forming the group. people are forming or starting to get ache of -- angry. if president obama had tried even one shenanigans that trump had tried, he would have been
drawn. this man goes on and on. democrats and the republicans seem to be standing by. democrats i think are starting to -- i was talking earlier -- get to work in washington. this man is putting off what we need. he goes around the world and insult everybody. it's embarrassing and it's sad. it's not how i as american feel. i know quite a few others that voted for trump. are disappointed. this kind of stuff is happening all over. this man is not bringing people together. he'll say he's going to work on infrastructure then he comes up with privatizing the people that work with traffic control. that might be on the list, it isn't a priority. guest: thank you so much for your question. i think that you're right that this president has been a
disappointment knop just to those -- not just those who didn't vote but for a lot of people who did. this is not going the way they thought. which gives us an opportunity especially on working class people. he has been traditional corporate first republican in office. it's what we've seen so far. the infrastructure example that cat gave was a perfect example of that. we heard it's going to be a trillion dollars infrastructure package. some democrats were excited to work on infrastructure for for their community. when it comes down, it's cuts and give aways to big business. on our side of the ledger, we've got to realize, we have to do two things at once. we have to absolutely fight against this president. we have to make sure that we are standing up for people across this country of every race religion, creed, gender etcetera. we also have to make sure that
we are offering our own positive, affirmative message. the reason i know that that's the case if the access hollywood tape that came out in the election with the president making such horrible comments and so many women coming out saying, he did that exact same thing to me if that wasn't enough to sink him, we've got to do more than just oppose trump. we have to do that and we also have to make sure that we are offering a broad and positive vision for this country. one thing that i talk about a lot, i write about in the book and i write about elsewhere right now in the country we're facing a low wage crisis. the most common job in the country, three most common are in the service sector, low paying jobs, cashier sales clerk and fast food worker. very hard to raise a family in those positions. we have to look at, those three job categories and many others
are in danger of being automated even out of existence or significantly reduced. how are we going to deal with those challenges? i think whenever party is able to come up with a vision for that future, that makes since is going to be the party that ultimately wins people over and it's going to be able to provide a governing agenda for this country. right now either party has. host: from great falls montana independent line, john caller: you're wrong on your first three points. it's the economy. everybody in montana wants jobs. wants higher wages. but the democratic party loses that every time. they worried about this and that. i think that's where the whole problem comes in. all the democrats here and people i know no alaska or idaho they have have gone independent
osther republicans now. democratic party moved so far to the left with these crazy issues and political correctness. you guys need to get one simple message. help the working man, help working woman inhelp the small business. you'll be back on top. get out the ditch. guest: thanks john. i appreciate that comment. i think that you're right. we've got to get back to our roots as a party. as a parties of the working man and woman. i see that drift happening. ironically, lot of it happened during the 1990's under the clinton administration. reran as every man. i feel your pain. but the policies in officer very much pro wall street and pro silicone valley. he did a lot to realign the party away from the working class and the traditional middle
class and towards the rising professional and creates what some people created the elite. i'm not saying to kick those folks in the party. we got to make sure we're focused on the economic message. when people say what is the democratic party stand for? i want them to think first and foremost of that economic piece. we are the party that fights for the working man and working woman. i think our -- over the years we've taken our union funds for granted. we haven't fought hard to protect collective bargaining. that's a lot of truth what you're saying. we've been strong on cultural issues strong on equality and fighting against discrimination. we can't have that and not also have an economic vision that people who may not support all
this cultural pieces can buy into and believe in as well. host: from new york republican line dominick, you're on with our guest krystal ball. caller: good morning. what puzzles me, almost 80,000 americans die of drug overdoze in this country. most of them children. you got the democratic party that want to protect illegal immigrants thatcoming here. nobody is protecting american children. they want to bring a million refugees here from the middle east without vetting them. donald trump wants to put americans back to work. i'm a construction worker. during this whole time, illegals were working and we weren't with the housing crash. when the smoke cleared americas back to work and illegals were working.
whole thing is, you worried about everyone else but americans. people are tired of it. that's why we voted for trump. my whole family is democrats, we can't even eat dinner because they can't see the truth. the whole thing is, you can collect all the money you want, the people see through it. they are worried. their families. they want the drugs to stop. they want these people coming from the middle east to know who they are. host: caller. guest: thank you for your comment and sharing your thoughts there. i think that you're right we've got to focus on getting everybody back to work here so that we can make sure people are able to provide for themselves and families. i want to pick up on the comment
about the drug addiction crisis. i do live in kentucky now. one of the regions that has been most afflicted by the opioid epidemic. people will term you it is the number one issue facing the country. one hand the pharmaceutical companies were happy to sell the pills. they sold hundreds of thousands of pills in west virginia and kentucky. you had theres over prescribing. you got lot of regions where the drug addiction crisis is the worst. regions that have suffered economically and it comes with a hopelessness and increase in the so called dispair where it's not just drug addiction. you have a huge spike in suicide. it's absolutely devastating to watch unfold.
this is another area i've been disappointed in president trump. this is something he talked about on the campaign trail. something i hope he will take action. healthcare proposals put out there so far, would strip people of their ability to get treatment for drug addiction. to be incredibly damaging and we just haven't seen any action on dealing with this crisis. at least in kentucky and in other places as well kentucky and ohio and west virginia, we haven't reached the peak of this crisis. the numbers are still going up. the number of overdoses, the number of deaths. i think that that has to be central concern. we've got to aggressively combat it. from all angles from education, to treatment and recovery to dealing with some of the core causes that i think are rooted
partly in this economic hopelessness that afflicts good flock of the country. host: how did you end up in kentucky. how did people there view politics differently than you and i did and plus running for congress. people close to washington d.c. how we view politics versus how versus how they view politics? guest: part of the reason i moved to kentucky was actually because -- i'm from virginia, i lived in ohio, i had been in new york for the past five years working in media. i realized that the longer that i was in new york the less in touch i was with what's going on. which is something that's very important to me in having a sense of that and trying to have that on the ground. my husband had an opportunity work opportunity in louisville, kentucky. we decided to give a whirl and ended up really love it and figuring out how to put roots down there. i think it was noneny.
-- funny. i watched most of the 2016 election from kentucky with occasional trips back to new york and do television and media appearances. in new york, lot of the rooms that i was in, no one ever thought there was any chance that donald trump could win. i don't think that people really tried that on for a second. i can promise you living in kentucky or ohio or lot other places, seeing the strength the sentiment out in the country seeing the number of yard signs yard signs can't vote. but it is a sign of the kind of support and momentum that a candidate has. it was very real to me that he could potentially win. that's just one example. now i think we flipped in the other direction where the before hand, the media didn't understand what was going on and missed the movement that was happening and totally got the election wrong. i thought hillary clinton was
going to win too. i can't claim that i had crystal ball. we've gotten to the other direction where there's this fascination with trump voters that makes it feel like media types are sort of safari in their own country. this is some weird exotic bird a we have to look at every week and figure out what's going on in their heads. it's a strange line on the one hand. we want to make sure that we're understanding sentiments. on the other hand, we don't want make it feel like we're doing documentary with exotic animals. we still don't understand. i think it's a very different perspective. by the way people talk about the bubble its a we all live in and usually that's meant to say the liberal elites from the coast aren't in touch with the country. we're all out of touch with each other. folks in the middle of the country are disconnected from
folks on the coast and one of the biggest problems i write about this in my book, is that we really are starting to lose the sense that we are all citizens in this country. ultimately fighting for the same thing. we want to provide a decent living for our families. these are things that connect us. as americans we're deeply connected and share so many of the same values. until we restore that, we'll continue to have this incredibly, scary and devicive politics. every presidential election feels like a threat. where if your candidate don't win, the world will end. i think donald trump is uniquely dangerous candidate because of lack of respect for strong democratic solutions that our country was built on.
until we together out how to talk to one another i'm very worried about direction of the conduct. host: our guest founder of the people's house project author of the book reversing the apocalypse hijacking the democratic party to save the world. demings lines -- democrats line, ed go ahead. caller: don't laugh too loud. we're in a situation people think the republican party is a christian party.
the people fell for it. what they did was need. -- neat. they told them we are going to cut your taxes. the greed set in. then, you have guys like rush limbaugh, who got onto radio and told everybody how bad the democrats are and he made it clear the country needs more hate and he started a hate campaign. the true christian party, which was the democrats never once in the last 10 years, did i hear one democrat say they are christian. host: do you want to take anything from that? guest: democrats need to embrace
their own traditions of faith. sometimes i think there is discomfort there and democrats feel reluctant speaking to those judeo-christian values. that is a great that -- a great point. the split partisan media is another challenge. i don't know whether the population became divided and then the media fed into that or the media was divided and that split the population apart but it is hard for us to have a unified narrative of what is happening in the country and what is fact and what is fiction because we have partisan media outlets to the point there was a hate campaign.