Immigration, Inflation Loom Large As Dems Wonder How To Tout Wins Ahead Of Midterms : The NPR Politics Podcast In a conversation with NPR, Reps. Ro Khanna of California and Jamie Raskin of Maryland said that while thin margins have limited Democrats' legislative agenda, the American Rescue Plan and infrastructure package have made a considerable difference in the lives of Americans — and that touting those wins to voters should buoy the party's chances in the midterms.

In Arizona, Rep. Greg Stanton, a former Democratic mayor of Phoenix, won his district handily in 2020 but a redrawn map has put him in a tough fight to keep his seat against a crowded Republican field. The economy and immigration are central issues in the campaign and progressive politics are far from top of mind.

This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional reporter Claudia Grisales, and acting congressional correspondent Deirdre Walsh.

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Immigration, Inflation Loom Large As Dems Wonder How To Tout Wins Ahead Of Midterms

Immigration, Inflation Loom Large As Dems Wonder How To Tout Wins Ahead Of Midterms

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In a conversation with NPR, Reps. Ro Khanna of California and Jamie Raskin of Maryland said that while thin margins have limited Democrats' legislative agenda, the American Rescue Plan and infrastructure package have made a considerable difference in the lives of Americans — and that touting those wins to voters should buoy the party's chances in the midterms. The lawmakers are also concerned that ideological and identity fights within the Democratic party have alienated voters who are sympathetic to the party's goals but don't feel they have a place within progressive politics.

In Arizona, Rep. Greg Stanton, a former Democratic mayor of Phoenix, won his district handily in 2020 but a redrawn map has put him in a tough fight to keep his seat against a crowded Republican field. The economy and immigration are central issues in the campaign and progressive politics are far from top of mind. Stanton is frustrated with President Biden, saying he feels like his party's leader has not done enough to show that he is taking immigration seriously.

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