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DNC Chair Perez, deputy Ellison kick off live video Q&As

Then-Labor Secretary Tom Perez speaks during a National Press Club luncheon on Oct. 20, 2014, in Washington. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez is following through on an idea he and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) came to love during their contentious campaign to lead their party — live video interviews, in which they can lay out party strategy and skeptical Democrats can ask them questions. “Democrats Live,” which starts at 8:30 tonight, will bring Ellison — whom Perez named deputy DNC chair — and Perez together, with a moderator, for a modified Ask-Me-Anything session.

“As Americans worry about everything from health care to walls to bans, the Democratic Party is stepping up to address their concerns with its all-new Democratic Party live stream,” said Ellison, who used live streams during his DNC bid to showcase rallies.

“We will have robust discussions with leaders who are focused on turning this moment of progressive energy into a sustained movement for electoral gain,” Perez said. “So it’ll be an important part of our engagement with grass-roots activists across the country.”

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The forum will come after Democrats’ mixed record of opposing President Trump’s agenda, with some successes in delaying or stopping nominees but a rout on legislation enabled by the Republican Party’s use of the Congressional Review Act to undo regulations. It comes, too, as the Democratic Party has struggled to break through into news cycles — which have been dominated by Trump’s decisions, victories and errors — and as polls have showed the party’s favorable rating slipping since the 2016 election.

In large part, that’s due to a possibly temporary decline in approval among liberal voters angry that the party is not winning more battles with Trump; some of the decline also seems attributable to those voters who lack college degrees, whom focus groups and reporting have found to be resilient in their support for Trump.