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Republicans call for a new approach to fight poverty

Publié par Clifford Armion le 01/09/2014

Michael A. Memoli

WASHINGTON — Prominent Republicans are working to recast the party's message about tackling poverty and boosting the middle class amid concerns that a relentless focus on the troubles of Obamacare will not be enough to guarantee electoral success.
The move seeks to address widespread public anxiety about the uneven economic recovery, a topic that Democrats have largely had to themselves in recent months. But even as party strategists push for a higher-profile approach, conservative lawmakers face a difficult challenge in crafting a message that appeals to middle-income and working-class voters while maintaining support among the party base.
It's the latest acknowledgment that Republicans' traditional emphasis on fiscal austerity and smaller government — while popular among grass-roots conservatives and gospel to much of their House majority — has been difficult to sell among the broader electorate. As Republicans approach a midterm election in which they hope to recapture the Senate, they are increasingly worried about being portrayed by Democrats as hard-hearted and unconcerned about the plight of poor and struggling Americans.
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"Republicans call for a new approach to fight poverty", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), août 2014. Consulté le 27/02/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/republicans-call-for-a-new-approach-to-fight-poverty