Sen. Dick Durbin: Democrats can lose to Trump if they 'overdo it' by being too liberal

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  • "We need to be balanced," Durbin said.
  • "We have to really appeal to that sensible center," he added.

(CNN)Sen. Dick Durbin, the number two Democrat in the Senate, said in a radio interview Sunday that his party could lose to President Donald Trump in 2020 if they "overdo it" and become too liberal.

The Illinois senator was asked on a local Chicago radio program about comments made by Democratic Rep. Cheri Bustos, which the host characterized as a warning to fellow Democrats that if the party becomes too liberal, they would give Trump another term.
"We need to be balanced," Durbin said on "Connected to Chicago" on WLS-AM on Sunday. "She's right about that. And as downstater like her, I understand she represents a challenging district. We don't give up on our values, but we better be sensitive too that there are people with more moderate views, and people who may disagree with some parts of the Democratic platform as they as they are presented. We've got to be open to that possibility."
    "So you could lose it by being too liberal?" asked the host.
    "You can," Durbin said. "I think you can overdo it. We have to really appeal to that sensible center. It's a thin stripe now. It used to be a lot wider stripe, but it's an important and determining factor in most elections."
    Durbin added that he doesn't count Trump out and that the 2016 election showed that "if you take (Trump) for granted, he'll beat you."