>> Senate democrats still nursing the wounds of a brutal election. Wasting no time making big changes Wednesday aimed at winning back blue collar voters who broke strongly for Donald Trump.>> We're gonna keep a really careful eye on the president.>> New democratic minority leader Chuck Schumer of New York tapping former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
For a top senate role reaching out to grassroots America. After he galvanized working class voters in his primary battle with Hillary Clinton. Fellow progressive firebrand Elizabeth Warren getting a promotion to Vice Chair of the Senate Democratic Conference. Reuter's correspondence Andy Sullivan says the moves mark a clear shift to the left with the coming retirement of outgoing leader Harry Read.
>> This is coming off an election season in which Sanders really captured a lot of enthusiasm and frustration from progressive voters. Who felt like the party was drifting too close to the center and was too close to Wall Street. When they see people like Sanders or Elizabeth Warren taking prominent roles, hopefully that will make them feel like they have a stake in the party.
>> Trump's populist appeal to working class voters helped him flip once reliably Democratic Rust Belt states, such as Wisconsin and Michigan, sealing Clinton's fate.