Democrats say '14 election shows need for 'blunt' message on economy in 2016

WASHINGTON – Democrats say the main lesson of the November election is simple: Go big on the economy.

Party officials attending a daylong conference Wednesday hosted by the Center for American Progress say the party failed to make a forceful pitch to middle-class voters on the economy.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says the election should serve as a “cautionary tale” as the party prepares for the 2016 elections on the need for a “blunt” message on the economy.

The conference features Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and several other prominent Democrats. It follows an Election Day drubbing for Democrats, who lost control of the Senate and lost ground in the House, governor’s offices and statehouses.

Democrats say too many candidates ran campaigns that lacked a coherent message on economic issues.