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Mark Penn Gets Rebuffed on Fox News for Op-Ed Suggesting Dems Move ‘Back to Center’: ‘It’s Not the 1990s’

On Thursday night, Mark Penn former advisor to President Bill Clinton and chief strategist of Hillary Clinton‘s 2008 presidential campaign, defended his op-ed that was published in The New York Times that urged Democrats to move “back to the center.”

In the piece, he and co-author Andrew Stein write:

“The path back to power for the Democratic Party today, as it was in the 1990s, is unquestionably to move to the center and reject the siren calls of the left whose policies and ideas have weakened the party… The last few years of the Obama administration and the 2016 primary season once again created a rush to the left. Identity politics, class warfare and big government all made comebacks….

His piece was slammed on Twitter.

Appearing on Fox News, he claimed that the Democratic Party got “fundamentally repositioned much farther to the left and out of touch with working class voters” and blamed the Bernie Sanders campaign for pushing Hillary Clinton to the left as well.

Dana Perino, who was filling in for Martha MacCallum, asked former Sanders campaign staffer Tezlyn Figaro to weigh in.

“Well, I have breaking news for Mark,” she began. “It’s not the 199os.”

She argued that the Democratic Party isn’t “losing its identity” but the “identity of the messenger.”

When Perino asked Figaro who she thinks is “the messenger,” she shot back at Penn for thinking it “should be people like Hillary Clinton.”

Penn clarified that he wasn’t talking about “going back to the past” but to look at “new issues” like wealth in the tech industry, the opioid crisis, and crime in Chicago.

“The Democratic Party has got to bridge the gap here,” he stated. “Democrats can get back to winning if they combine their zeal and passion for equality with a pro-growth economic policy.”

Watch the clip above, via Fox News.

 

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