GREENSBORO - Politicians talk to the middle class without defining the broad group.
Many Americans consider themselves part of the middle class, but few agree on what that actually means.
Experts say politicians fight for the middle class because most people think they belong in that group.
"They're trying to say, 'I'm talking to you,'" Wake Forest University professor of communications Johl Llewellyn said. "Most people imagine themselves to be middle class, even though we're not too clear what that means. And they would like to talk to you in a way that you find attractive."
He says politicians try to appeal to everyone without picking sides or small groups.
"It helps you avoid difficult choices that are really what politics are about," Llewellyn said.