Southern Democrats campaign as 'problem solvers' - KATV - Breaking News, Weather and Razorback Sports

Southern Democrats campaign as 'problem solvers'

Posted:

By BILL BARROW
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The Democratic Party's top recruits for the 2014 elections want to sell themselves as problem solvers who are above the partisan gridlock in Washington.

It's the closest thing the party has to a unified strategy in the region beyond waiting for demographic gains to help Democrats.

So candidates for governor in South Carolina and Arkansas and Senate candidates in Kentucky and Georgia still distance themselves from President Barack Obama and national Democrats who remain unpopular among most white Southerners.

But the candidates also criticize the nasty environment on Capitol Hill, and they're framing Republicans as ideological barriers to practical solutions.

A spokesman at the Democratic Governors Association says the party pushes candidates who understand bread & butter issues on the ground. Republicans, he says, look for ideological purists.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • PoliticalMore>>

  • Walker's challenger doesn't focus on union rights

    Walker's challenger doesn't focus on union rights

    Friday, April 18 2014 11:31 AM EDT2014-04-18 15:31:31 GMT
    Wisconsin Democrats and their allies who are trying to take out Republican Gov. Scott Walker have invested all their hopes in Mary Burke, a Harvard-educated political newcomer whose father started Trek Bicycle when...More >>
    Wisconsin Democrats and their allies who are trying to take out Republican Gov. Scott Walker have invested all their hopes in Mary Burke, a Harvard-educated political newcomer whose father started Trek Bicycle when she was...More >>
  • UK opposition party hires top Obama adviser

    UK opposition party hires top Obama adviser

    Friday, April 18 2014 11:31 AM EDT2014-04-18 15:31:26 GMT
    Britain's opposition Labour Party has recruited a top adviser to U.S. President Barack Obama's campaigns to help with its leader's election bid next year.More >>
    Britain's opposition Labour Party has recruited David Axelrod - a key figure behind Barack Obama's two presidential victories - to help with its leader's election bid next year.More >>
  • A nutty finale for 'Scandal,' TV's craziest show

    A nutty finale for 'Scandal,' TV's craziest show

    Friday, April 18 2014 10:21 AM EDT2014-04-18 14:21:25 GMT
    "Scandal" is arguably the nuttiest show on the air. But there's a method to its madness, demonstrated every week with OMG intensity.More >>
    "Scandal" is arguably the nuttiest show on the air. But there's a method to its madness, demonstrated every week with OMG intensity.More >>