Detroit, the motor city, played host to the second round of Democratic debates on July 30 and 31, and there was an important reason they chose Detroit. In the 2016 election, Hilary Clinton all but ignored the city, with disastrous results, and she became the first Democrat to lose Michigan in 28 years. The win for Donald Trump was a crucial step in his bid for the White House, and he won voters over with his promise of bringing manufacturing jobs back from China and Mexico. So, it could be seen to be a vital spot for the Democrats to hold their debate last week, with a great opportunity to talk about JOBS, trade, and health care.

Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) addresses the Women’s March in Ann Arbor on January 21, 2017. (Shutterstock)

Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), said she was concerned and disappointed after round two of the Democratic Primary debates, and concluded the candidates didn’t address economic and urban issues satisfactorily. Appearing on Cavuto Live, Dingell conceded that to win the next election Democrats needed to focus on issues that are important to Americans. “I heard very little about either urban issues or the heartland,” she said.

Regarding the health care issue, Dingell said the candidates only confused listeners, talking “gobbledygook” and said, “They got more people worried about health care, they don’t know what they think.”

“I was, in case you can’t tell, disappointed,” Dingell told Fox News host Neil Cavuto.”I was very disappointed.”

L-R: Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Andrew Yang, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio participate in the second of two Democratic presidential primary debates hosted by CNN, on July 31, 2019, in the Fox Theatre in Detroit. (Paul Sancya/AP Photo)

According to Dingell, the president has a good chance of winning the state of Michigan in 2020, just as he did in the 2016 election. “I think that this state could go either way … if we don’t talk about issues that working men and women care about, and go home every night and worry about—like trade,” she said.

Dingell conceded the president won the last election because of his stand on issues such as trade. “Manufacturing is a major issue in this country, jobs,” she said.

The United States is not dependent on China for trade, and the president’s tough stance on China is the result of this.

“Some of the things he’s doing are tools in the box to try to help American workers play on a level playing field,” she said.

Democrats may be facing a repeat of the 2016 election result in Michigan.

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