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Democratic presidential candidates don't want to sound too happy about the prospect of a Trump recession a?? even though it could be their ticket to victory in 2020

Democratic presidential candidates don't want to sound too happy about the prospect of a Trump recession a?? even though it could be their ticket to victory in 2020
Associated Press



Democrats face a dilemma in how to respond to the looming prospect of an economic downturn, which would likely dent US President Donald Trump's chances of re-election in 2020.




Democratic presidential candidates are wary of appearing to cheer on an event that could damage the finances of those whose votes they are seeking.




Joe Biden has blamed the possible downturn on Trump's careless stewardship of the economy, while rival Beto O'Rourke singles out Trump's China trade war.




Elizabeth Warren warned of a recession early — back in July — and says that the US must urgently make fundamental changes to safeguard its economy.




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The strength of the US economy during Donald Trump's presidency has been a challenge for Democrats seeking to remove him from the White House in 2020 — with many choosing to focus on economic inequality, which they say is widening despite growth.
But recent economic data indicating that an economic downturn may be round the corner is presenting them with a different set of challenges: How to capitalize on the downturn, and damage Trump's chances of reelection, but not appear to celebrate it and risk alienating voters whom a recession would harm.
"I just think it's very important that we be clear as a party that we don't want a recession," John Delaney, a former Maryland congressman and Democratic presidential candidate told The Associated Press.
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