Doug Jones' Win is a Product of "Very Complex Issues"

Dec 13, 2017

Today, Democrats are celebrating Doug Jones' victory in Alabama, and Republicans are picking through the wreckage. During this hour of River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks with Steffen Schmidt, professor of political science at Iowa State University and Rachel Caufield, associate professor of political science at Drake University.  They discuss how voters are feeling about sexual assault and harassment by men in leadership positions. 

"This is a very different kind of Democrat than has won in Alabama [in past elections]. Doug Jones is a progressive Democrat," says Caufield. "It think it marks a really significant shift in thinking about where the Democratic Party is and were it needs to be. This is as much about Roy Moore losing the election as Doug Jones winning the election." 

They also discuss the tax bill currently in a Congressional conference committee and calls to investigate allegations of sexual harassment involving President Trump.