Democrats rolled out a new economic platform Monday in hopes of winning over President Donald Trump's populist base with promises to take on big businesses, lower the cost of prescription drugs and create jobs.
The campaign — "A Better Deal" — is intended as a counterpunch to the president's frequent criticism of the lackluster recovery and stagnant wages under President Barack Obama and Trump's vow to restore the economy to 3 percent annual growth. Democrats are also searching for ways to reconnect with working-class voters whose deep frustration with their own economic prospects helped drive their support for Trump.
"It is an ambitious economic agenda that represents a renewed Democratic commitment to the hard-working men and women across the United States who have been left out and left behind for too long," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi wrote in a Washington Post op-ed.
Among Democrats' top agenda items is greater scrutiny of corporate mergers, including tougher standards that incorporate consumer privacy, product quality and the impact on wages and jobs. Democrats are also seeking post-merger reviews and greater enforcement authority.