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Democratic Party

Editoral: Politicians need to focus on middle class

When he announced his candidacy for president on Saturday, Martin O'Malley made a point of mentioning a term his fellow presidential aspirants seem to have been avoiding. And regardless of whether you like O'Malley's brand of politics, he did bring up an issue that's certain to be a crucial battleground in the coming election and in domestic politics for years to come. In April, Gallup announced its latest national poll had shown that 51 percent of Americans identify themselves as in the "middle class." In 2000, when Gallup started asking that question, it was 63 percent. Gallup reported that the shift in middle-class identification was similar among...