The economy tops independent voters’ list of concerns, but James Carville and other Democrats defend the focus on abortion

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Several top political analysts, including veteran strategist James Carville, support the Democratic Party’s midterm focus on abortion, although Recent opinion polls indicate Independent voters are most interested in inflation and the economy.

While abortion is prominent among Democrats, it has not become the number one issue for a majority of voters in most opinion polls. For Carville, a longtime adviser to former President Bill Clinton, the Republican Party’s message on the economy is simply not as clear as the Democrats’ message on abortion.

“Americans don’t see a difference between the Republican plan and the Democrats’ plan on inflation because there isn’t one,” Carville told Fox News Digital. “It’s stupid economics,” said Carville, famous for coining the phrase “It’s stupid economics” while working on the Clinton campaign in the 1990s.

In June, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and declared the right to abortion unconstitutional, returning power to states to further restrict abortion. Since the decision, Democrats have spent nearly $124 Million Campaigns for Abortion This election cycle, which highlights their pro-abortion stances while also trying to demolish their pro-life opponents.

Independents in major battle states are more aligned with Republicans than Democrats

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany participates in a White House briefing in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House on December 15, 2020 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany participates in a White House briefing in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House on December 15, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Fox News Digital reached out to other political analysts who shared their views on recent polling data comparing the priorities of independent and Democratic voters and what that means for the Democratic Party going forward. Republican strategists, predictably, played down that abortion would be a major motivating factor, and argued that Democrats would lose if they succeeded in holding the election around abortion rather than the economy.

Democratic voters in the middle major state say “threats to democracy; more important than abortion, the economy.”

“Democrats ignore the economy, which is consistently the main topic among voters, at their own risk,” Kayleigh McEnany, former The White House press secretary, told Fox.

“Their entire messaging appears to target half the country by demonizing ‘MAGA’ Republicans and focusing on abortion, an issue they are on the wrong side of where polls show that most Americans oppose elective abortion in the second and third trimesters of pregnancy,” McEnany said.

Erin Perrin, former communications director for Senator Ted Cruz, and former press secretary to House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, told Fox News Digital that she believes “ignoring Americans’ concerns is not a winning strategy for Democrats when voters keep telling pollsters that the economy, inflation and outward costs Out of Control is their top issue heading into November.”

Demonstrators carry placards expressing their views at a pro-abortion rally.  People from many different cities came together to support and rally for abortion rights.  In light of a Supreme Court ruling that could upend the Roe v. Wade case that leaked nearly two weeks ago, hundreds of people in Dayton spoke out and marched for abortion access.

Demonstrators carry placards expressing their views at a pro-abortion rally. People from many different cities came together to support and rally for abortion rights. In light of a Supreme Court ruling that could upend the Roe v. Wade case that leaked nearly two weeks ago, hundreds of people in Dayton spoke out and marched for abortion access.
(Whitney Salsky/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Despite numerous polls consistently showing that the economy is the most important issue for independent and Republican voters, Swing Left CEO Yasmine Radji has argued that abortion and the economy go hand in hand and that the issue of abortion will encourage more voters to vote for Democrats. this november: “As a new mom, I would say that anyone who thinks access to reproductive health care is not an economic problem hasn’t spoken to a lot of parents of young children lately.”

“Every American cares about how inflation and the economy affect their daily lives; that has no incentive for voters to show up on Election Day and vote for them,” said Sasha Burns of political consultancy Turner4D. She stressed that although rising inflation is a global concern, the issue of abortion will be the most motivating factor for Americans to vote in November.

Inflation hit a 40-year high of 9.1% in June.

Inflation hit a 40-year high of 9.1% in June.
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Kristen Tate, a columnist and author of The Liberal Invasion of America’s Red State, noted that abortion is what Democrats use to advance their campaigns because it is their “only chance of mobilizing their base before the midterms.”

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Even after the latest Consumer Price Index (CPI) report revealed that year-on-year inflation rose to 8.3% in AugustDemocratic voters across the country continued to prioritize abortion.

Lauren Claffy Tomlinson, Republican campaign strategist and founder of Claffey Communications, also settled that “It’s very clear Democrats can’t say that outright.” their economic policies beneficial to Americans,” and that the economy “will continue to be the number one issue driving midterm voters’ decisions, regardless of Democrats’ ad spending on abortion issues.”

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