South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison announced Monday that he will seek the top Democratic Party position on a national stage by focusing on progessive issues he hopes can serve as a blueprint strategy for the entire party.
Harrison is seeking election as the next Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairman. The Orangeburg native said he aims to shift the Democratic Party’s focus to “simple pocketbook issues” that affect working-class and low-income families, like overturning the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision and reforming the credit industry.
“Credit is one of the biggest barriers to living the American Dream,” Harrison told South Carolina Radio Network in an interview Wednesday. “Without having that strong financial literacy, you can’t buy a car, you can’t buy a house, you can’t start a small business.”
Logistically, Harrison believes that Democrats cannot afford to only focus on urban wealth areas and instead said the party needs to return to a 50-state strategy that invests in conservataive-controlled areas like South Carolina.
“We really really need to think about how do we invest in these state parties and not just the battle grounds and not just the quote unquote ‘blue states.'” he said.
Harrison was elected state chairman in 2013 and is the first African-American to hold the position in state history. He was also a former aide to U.S. Representative Jim Clyburn D-Columbia.
South Carolina Radio Network spoke with Harrison to learn his vision for the Democratic Party.
Listen to the interview in the player below: