Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Rep. Keith Ellison and Campaign for America's Future co-director Robert Borosage discuss the need to change the political debate in Washington to one that addresses the need for jobs in an interview on National Public Radio's "Tell Me More" on June 15.
The interview previewed the Speakout For Good Jobs Now tour, which was scheduled to make its first stop at the Netroots Nation conference of bloggers and activists in Minneapolis on June 18.
"There is no national association for the unemployed, so we are going out to the people," Ellison said, with a mission to bring the concerns of unemployed people back to Washington to highlight the need for job-creating and job-preserving legislation.
"I think it's time to listen," Borosage said. "Out in the country, people are hurting...and they are looking for action on the economy" and for "a bigger, bolder agenda" to get Americans back to work. Borosage said that it will be critical for elected officials in Washington—who have for the most part been out of touch with the mood of the rest of the country—to listen carefully and respond properly. Progressives who elected a Democratic majority to the House and Senate in 2006 and President Obama to the White House in 2008 in particular "are looking to hear vision and hope and a strategy to get us out of the mess we're in."
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