As the presidential campaign moves toward a pivotal showdown over the debt ceiling, many of the candidates are trying to find common ground on the issue.
While the parties remain on the edge of a cliff, both sides are trying their best to find the political middle ground to avoid a default.
For the Democrats, the fight over the government’s borrowing authority is likely to be the most consequential fight of the cycle, and there are signs that the party may be looking for ways to broaden its appeal in a presidential election year.
The GOP is looking to use the debt debate to build support among its base.
But with President Donald Trump’s popularity at historic lows and Democratic candidates facing an increasingly difficult path to the nomination, the Democrats may find that they can’t afford to miss the boat.
A poll from Bloomberg Politics found that only about a third of Americans approve of the job the president is doing, while about half of Republicans believe he should step down.
Democrats also face a tougher task than Republicans in their quest to win back the White House.
With the economy holding up, they’ve lost the support of a substantial number of swing voters, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, which found that just 37 percent of voters approved of the way they’re doing in Congress.
And while Democrats’ image of the party is improving, it’s a struggle to keep that from becoming a liability in a general election.
Among likely voters, just 42 percent have a favorable view of the Democratic Party, while 52 percent view it unfavorably.
In other words, the party has little room to maneuver in a tight race against the GOP.
It may also be a problem for the Democratic nominee, as the party faces a difficult choice of who to nominate to run against the Republican nominee.
Both major party candidates have said they will not run against each other in 2020.
If Clinton and Trump each get more than half of the vote, there is a better chance that they will be the first two candidates to face off against each another.
That means Clinton could face an uphill battle to convince enough Democratic voters to choose her.
Clinton is unlikely to win the nomination without a major shift in public opinion, and if she does, it would mark a new high for her.
If Trump does not win, it will be a clear-cut choice between two of the most polarizing presidential candidates in recent memory.