McCain: Does Obama Realize the 'Huge Rejection of Liberal Culture' by Voters?
President Obama suggested at a news conference Monday that Hillary Clinton failed to connect with the working-class voters that helped him win twice.
"I believe we have better ideas, but I also believed that good ideas don't matter if people don't hear them," he said, specifically pointing to Iowa, where he was victorious twice but where Clinton lost by 10 points to Donald Trump.
Obama said candidates must "show up everywhere" and establish "grassroots" support in key states. He said he didn't win in Iowa because of favorable demographics, but because he spent 87 days on the ground, going to fairs, VFW halls and "fish fries."
He also said today in Greece that the American people want to "shake things up" in Washington, but that a majority still share his views on many issues.
The Outnumbered panel discussed the comments today, with new co-host Meghan McCain arguing that the president and the media seem to be missing the message from voters.
"This was a huge rejection of Obama's policies and liberal culture as well," she said, adding that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) realizes what happened and has been calling out Democrats for failing to reach white working-class voters.
"Many traditional Democrats who voted for President Obama think the liberals only care about the elites and the agenda of people in New York City and San Francisco. I think it's a cultural shift that [Obama] seems not to be able to recognize. You know who does recognize it? Bernie Sanders," said McCain.
Fox News digital politics editor Chris Stirewalt said Obama has a point with his argument, since he has a 57 percent job approval rating. But he emphasized that Donald Trump won the election by winning in places where Obama won in 2008 and 2012.
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