Republicans Try to Have It Both Ways on Healthcare, Fail Miserably

“Republican Senate candidates are failing miserably in their transparent attempts to have it both ways on Obamacare,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman. “In spite of their persistent pathetic pandering, this year’s crop of GOP Senate candidates is no exception to the decade-long Republican crusade against affordable healthcare. American voters will voice their disdain for such political antics at the polls this November.”

Politico: GOP’s midterm peril: What if they win on killing Obamacare?
By Burgess Everett | August 17, 2018

“Republican candidates are trying to have it both ways on Obamacare.”
“On one hand, Republicans are still campaigning against the law, arguing a strong election result will allow them one more shot at repealing the Affordable Care Act with GOP majorities in both chambers. And many high-profile Senate GOP candidates support a lawsuit that would scuttle Obamacare if successful in the nation’s courts, a case that will be heard by a federal judge in September.”
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Senate Brief: With 99 Days To Go, Every Electoral Trend Is Bad News for Republicans

Week of Monday, July 30, 2018

IN BRIEF: With 99 days until Election Day, every trend is heading the wrong way for Republican chances. A map that began overwhelmingly in their favor has shifted toward Democrats as political self-sabotage, poor candidate recruitment, and abysmal fundraising have chipped away at their odds.

Republicans’ repeated attacks on healthcare have decimated their support amongst independent and moderate voters, while healthcare remains the top issue on the ballot. Two GOP Senate candidates — Missouri’s Josh Hawley and West Virginia’s Patrick Morrisey — are co-counsels on a lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act.
Republicans aren’t campaigning on their unpopular tax law, and Democrats are. D.C. Republicans staked their political futures on a tax law that has proved deeply unpopular with voters across the country. On the campaign trail, GOP Senate candidates are running in the other direction, while Democrats are highlighting the tax law’s giveaways to corporations […]

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Senate Brief: Trump’s Trade War is Damaging Republicans’ Senate Chances

Week of Monday, July 23

IN BRIEF: In battleground states across the country, Trump’s reckless trade war is slamming key midterm voters — and throwing a wrench into Republican Senate candidates’ chances.

In North Dakota, Rep. Kevin Cramer is increasingly choosing his political allies over his thousands of suffering constituents. Trump’s reckless tariffs “threaten the livelihoods of local farmers and the state’s small manufacturing sector.” A 25% price drop in soybeans — North Dakota’s #1 export — has spurred a fully fledged crisis.
In Indiana, Rep. Mike Braun has hewn closely to Trump’s reckless line on trade. But dozens of brutal headlines about the consequences of the trade war won’t go unnoticed as voters look for candidates who will stand up for their interests.
And in Missouri, Attorney General Josh Hawley has  Read more after the jump.

In Emails, Josh Hawley Said “Part of My Decision To Move Back To Missouri Was Political”

“Josh Hawley was lying when he promised Missourians he wouldn’t be yet another ambitious politician who only cares about his own political career — just read his own words. All the way back to 2011, Hawley was thinking about running for U.S. Senate, and he even admitted he moved back to Missouri for ‘political‘ reasons,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “Josh Hawley is everything Missourians hate about politics.”

 

Huffington Post: Josh Hawley Says He Never Planned On A Senate Run. Colleagues Thought Otherwise.
E-mails reviewed by HuffPost show the GOP’s top Senate recruit wrote about seeking office as far back as 2011.By Kevin Robillard, July 23, 2018

“When Missouri Republican Attorney General Josh Hawley announced his bid for the Senate, he made one thing clear: This wasn’t the plan. It was the pleas of donors, activists and politicians from around the state rather than his own ambition that convinced him.”
“‘Next year, I’m going to run for the United States Senate,’ he said in his launch video in October 2017. ‘This wasn’t something we were planning to do.’”
“He’s repeated the claim in many interviews since then. ‘No. No. […]

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QUICK CLIP: Out of Touch Hawley Fails to Address Tariff Pain Felt By Farmers & Manufacturers

“You know I think the President’s right” – Hawley

 

When asked about the reckless trade policies hurting Missouri farmers and manufacturers, rather than address the pain of his constituents or offer real solutions, Josh Hawley resorted to desperate partisan attacks.

Hawley to KOLR: “You know I think the President’s right to go out there and say we need a better deal for American farmers, Missouri farmers, for American workers, Missouri workers… I think the President is right to go out there and say we need to shake this up and we need to get a better deal. He’s right to go out there and fight for it. And I tell you who’s left Missouri farmers behind is Claire McCaskill. In twelve years what has she done for Missouri’s farmers? Zero.”

You read that right: Hawley said Trump’s harmful tariffs were “right” three times in a row.

Watch Josh Hawley’s total lack of empathy for struggling Missouri […]

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Patrick Morrisey and Josh Hawley Are Selling Out Americans With Pre-Existing Conditions

“Patrick Morrisey and Josh Hawley knew exactly what they were doing when they joined their lawsuit attacking the Affordable Care Act. Their actions put millions of West Virginians and Missourians with pre-existing conditions at risk. Vulnerable Americans deserve better than blatant politicking done at their expense,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman. 

Kaiser Health News: States Attacking ACA Would Suffer Most If Preexisting Conditions Shield Gets Axed
By Harriet Rowan | July 17, 2018

“If the Affordable Care Act’s protections for people with preexisting medical conditions are struck down in court, residents of the Republican-led states that are challenging the law have the most to lose.”
“Twenty Republican state attorneys general and governors challenged the constitutionality of the ACA in federal court in February…The states’ lawsuit argues that because Congress eliminated the Obamacare tax penalty for not having insurance coverage, effective next year, the entire law is unconstitutional. By extension, the […]

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Senate Brief: Rick Scott’s Toxic Algae Nightmare

Week of Monday, July 16, 2018

IN BRIEF: Rick Scott’s policies are poisoning Florida’s waterways with toxic algae, forcing businesses to close and families to evacuate — and even stopping one church from performing baptisms

The blue-green algae grows in Central Florida’s Lake Okeechobee because of years of Rick Scott’s negligent environmental policies that put special interest polluters first. The algae releases dangerous, foul-smelling vapors, is dangerous to touch and is toxic to ingest. Commerce along the affected waterways is brought to a standstill.
Rick Scott has a seven-year record of putting special interests ahead of Florida’s environment. He’s kicked the can down the road on toxic algae for seven years, kowtowing to his wealthy financial backers; he’s advocated for drilling off the Florida coast; he’s banned state government from even uttering the words “climate change”; and he’s weakened oversight of polluters.
That’s why Florida newspapers are blaming Rick Scott for the crisis. Sun-Sentinel says Scott is “to […]

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Blistering Missouri Editorial Exposes Josh Hawley’s Shameless Self Promotion

“Missouri voters asking themselves ‘who is Josh Hawley?’ need look no further than this editorial: Hawley is a ladder-climbing, work-neglecting, self-promoting politician, who will always put his own political ambitions ahead of Missourians,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman. “We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.”

 

St. Louis Post Dispatch: Editorial: Missourians searching for a GOP Senate candidate of substance aren’t finding it in Hawley

By the Editorial Board | July 11, 2018

“Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, the likely GOP U.S. Senate nominee, miscalculates by focusing his campaign strategy on attacking incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill…McCaskill’s voting record is about as centrist as it gets, and Hawley knows it.”
Hawley’s exaggerations “mask a much more profound weakness in the young attorney general’s background: his own lack of experience.”
Hawley “has minimal credentials with which to convince voters that he can be more effective as a senator than McCaskill. So his only option is […]

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Conservative Radio Host Tells Hawley He’s Not “Brave Enough To Have A Primary Debate”

On Annie Frey’s radio show on Friday, the conservative radio host took Attorney General Josh Hawley to task for refusing to participate in primary debates with his Republican opponents. Hawley — surprise, surprise, ducked the question:

Host: “Are you brave enough to have a primary debate. That’s the question I keep getting the most and how do you feel about having that conversation with your primary Republican candidates before August 7th vote?”

Hawley: ” Well, I tell ya who I would like to have a debate is Claire McCaskill and I’ve challenged her, Annie, to a debate on the United States Supreme Court, the defining issue of this election. I’ve said I’ll debate you any time, anywhere…”

Host: “I think people would love love to hear that as well. I do know that they would love to hear you debate those primary candidates as well.”

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GOP Senate Candidates Pick Trump’s Team in Trade War — Leaving Behind Their Voters

“Republicans’ blind loyalty to Trump is directly harming farmers, workers, and small businesses across the country, and they’re fooling themselves if they think voters aren’t taking note,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman. “Siding with Trump at the expense of their states will cost each and every single one of these Republicans come November.”

Washington Post: The Finance 202: Republican candidates in key Senate races struggle with Trump tariffs
By Tory Newmyer | July 5, 2018

“The imminent trade war and its tariffs on everything from soybeans to pork threatens to emerge as a critical issue in Senate battlegroundraces the GOP needs to protect its majority this fall.”
“Nowhere is the squeeze between Trump and his trade policies more evident than in North Dakota…’We’re not starting a trade war, but we’ll finish it,’ Trump said last week at a rally in Fargo, as…Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), looked on. The next […]

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