Political Parties and Movements

Future of the Democratic Party


Watch PrezFest 2019

Prezfest logo - overlaid on a collage of photos of past presidents

The Presidential Ideas Festival was held May 21-23, 2019.

About this video

March 26, 2019

Dan Balz, Jennifer Lawless, Chris Lu

Hosted by Nicole Hemmer

The 2020 presidential election is heating up as new candidates continue to announce their bids for the White House. Join us for a discussion about the state of the Democratic Party at this important moment—with DAN BALZ of The Washington Post, UVA professor of politics JENNIFER LAWLESS, CHRIS LU, former deputy secretary of labor during the Obama administration, and moderator NICOLE HEMMER, a Miller Center scholar specializing in the history of American politics and media.  While some candidates are beginning to emerge on the left, it's not clear who will have the broadest appeal in the wake of Hillary Clinton's loss. What will the messaging be? How will the party appeal to the white rural voters who helped elect President Trump? Is there a viable role for Democratic Socialists like Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez? Balz, Lawless, Lu, and Hemmer will answer these important questions and more.