House Democrats up for re-election in November have been campaigning on “income inequality” and more specific issues like raising the minimum wage. But, the rich versus poor mantra will not exactly pull the weight for House Democrats this election cycle.
According to a report by Bloomberg, the economic inequality mantra by House Democrats is not likely to stick with voters in the key congressional districts that Democrats need to win, because those districts have the lowest income gaps.
Of the 100 congressional districts ranked as having the greatest gap between rich and poor, not one is held by a Republican whose seat is considered up for grabs this November, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
“Democrats have a lot of problems when it comes to taking back the House, and making spurious arguments is one of them,” said Guy Harrison, a former director of the National Republican Congressional Committee, which works to elect Republicans to the House.
As Bloomberg points out, the income gap between rich and poor is the widest since the Great Depression. However, the Obama administration’s recovery plan has done hardly anything to help the gap.
President Obama used “income inequality” to defeat his presidential opponent former Gov. Mitt Romney in 2012, calling the issue “the defining challenge of our time.”