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Can Democrats win back working-class voters?

Our weekly podcast on democracy in America. This week, we look at whether a wave of industrial action will test Joe Biden’s affection for unions

Joe Biden likes to boast that he is the most pro-union president in American history. His fondness for unions, though, has been tested by a wave of strikes. In office, President Biden has regularly voiced support for workers, and handed unions more power. But white working-class Americans, once his party’s reliable base, now mostly vote Republican. Can Democrats win back working-class voters?

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The Economist’s Simon Rabinovitch assesses Joe Biden’s union credentials. The Economist’s James Bennet ponders one of the great “what-ifs” of American political history. And political scientist Ruy Teixeira considers how Democrats could solve their working class problem.

John Prideaux hosts with Charlotte Howard and Idrees Kahloon.

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