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The Demo­cratic Party is still try­ing to ma­neu­ver heart­land val­ues into their cor­ner as the 2018 midterm elec­tions loom. There’s some fancy foot­work go­ing on. Democrats ap­pear to be claim­ing own­er­ship of those very val­ues, which were ar­tic­u­lated with great au­then­tic­ity and gen­uine verve by Pres­i­dent Trump dur­ing his suc­cess­ful White House cam­paign.

“As Democrats, we be­lieve that ev­ery hard­work­ing Amer­i­can should have an op­por­tu­nity to get ahead. We be­lieve in stand­ing up for work­ing peo­ple, that you should get a fair wage for a hard day’s work and that ac­cess to health care is a right, not a priv­i­lege. Those are our party’s val­ues, and they’re Amer­ica’s val­ues — they’re what most peo­ple voted for last Novem­ber,” says Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee chair­man Tom Perez in a new pub­lic out­reach.

“We need to turn our party around and get back on track to take on Don­ald Trump and win elec­tions. But that doesn’t mean chang­ing what it means to be a Demo­crat,” he adds. “We have to re­build the Demo­cratic Party from the grass roots up.”

Mr. Perez has drafted the help of Sen. Bernard San­ders — the beloved “Bernie” of pro­gres­sives ea­ger to “feel the Bern” dur­ing his pres­i­den­tial cam­paign, which net­ted the can­di­date 13 mil­lion pop­u­lar votes and 1,865 del­e­gates.

The Ver­mont in­de­pen­dent is very fond of a big feisty rally, and has al­ready made a few ap­pear­ances of his own this year to protest the Repub­li­can agenda. The Perez/San­ders dou­ble bill is now ready.

The pair will hit the road next week in a much-bal­ly­hooed “Come To­gether and Fight Back Tour,” stag­ing vig­or­ous ral­lies, they say, from Maine to Ari­zona. It all sounds Trumpian, but no mat­ter. The road trip gets un­der­way Mon­day; the itin­er­ary is un­known.

“We can make the Demo­cratic Party stronger, faster, leaner and feistier so we can fight for the val­ues we all share — and win,” vows Mr. Perez.

Sen. Bernard San­ders has been drafted into the Democrats’ cam­paign to sell their bona fides as rep­re­sent­ing heart­land val­ues.

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