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Congressman Ro Khanna

Representing the 17th District of California

THE TAKEOUT PODCAST – REP. RO KHANNA: DEMOCRATS NEED TO DO MORE THAN BUCK TRUMP

July 7, 2017
In The News

As Democrats work to figure out their message going into next year's midterm elections, it's going to take more than just anti-Trump fervor to win, argues Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif.

"I think we need to stand up. The things Donald Trump are doing are outrageous and unconstitutional. There needs to be checks on the executive branch," Khanna told CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett and CBS News Political Director Steve Chaggaris on this week's episode of "The Takeout" podcast.

"But then, here is what we're going to do," Khanna continued. "And it's not just exciting the base -- it's getting people to believe that we're going to have solutions to their problems.

"I think people today care about two things: Are their kids going to have the same shot at the American Dream they did? And they're concerned about their own jobs and wages."

Khanna, a freshman who represents Silicon Valley, an area that is home to the economic sector that's driving the country in a different direction, one centered on technology. As the economy trends tech, it's also moving away from the sectors in which generations of Americans are trained, chief among them, manufacturing, retail and mining.

"On one hand you've got extraordinary innovation and we're leading the world with Apple and Google, inventing personalized medicine, access to information," Khanna said, adding, "On the other hand, 50 percent of this country has had their wages stagnate in the last 30 years, there's a fear that you've got driverless cars coming, you've got automation coming in terms of retail and putting pressure on where these jobs are going to come from.

"We've got to figure out, how do we get every part of this country participating in the future and participating in those jobs?"