Trump Administration Abandons Farmers Devastated By Trade War

“The Trump administration’s abandonment of farmers devastated by a reckless trade war is just one more broken election year promise,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman. “North Dakotans suffering from the trade war deserve a Senator who will put them ahead of political allies. They can’t count on Kevin Cramer to be that leader.”

Reuters: U.S. agriculture chief says no plan to extend farm aid to offset tariffs
By Humeyra Pamuk | October 29, 2018

“The U.S. Department of Agriculture is not planning to extend an up to $12 billion aid package for farmers into 2019, Secretary Sonny Perdue said on Monday, to mitigate farmer losses due to the imposition of tariffs on American exports.”
“The Trump administration in July authorized the aid to shield farmers and ranchers from the repercussions of trade disputes between the United States and China, the European Union and others.”
After the United States levied tariffs on Chinese goods, “Beijing retaliated by hitting $110 […]

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Senate Brief: 1 Week | Closing Arguments

Week of Monday, October 29

IN BRIEF: One week out from Election Day, Republican Senate candidates are en route to fall far short of expectations. Here’s why:

This cycle’s map was supposed to be a Republican juggernaut. After the 2016 election, onlookers predicted a Republican sweep of 10 Senate seats held by Democratic Senators in states that Trump won.
But multiple recruitment failures, a deeply unpopular president, and Republican ineffectiveness have evened the playing field. States once thought to be in play — Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Wisconsin — are effectively off the map. And even in redder states like Montana and West Virginia, flawed Republican candidates have failed to overtake popular incumbents.
The GOP has failed to find any meaningful message on which to campaign. Democrats have displayed across-the-board message discipline on the cycle’s #1 issue — healthcare — forcing Republicans to play defense on policies […]

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QUICK CLIP: Kevin Cramer on Entitlement Reform: “Let’s Put Everything On the Table”

Kevin Cramer just put himself on the record in favor of potential cuts to Social Security and Medicare. Asked about Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s admission that he’d consider entitlement cuts, Cramer said, “the Leader is exactly right.”

Cramer elaborated further, saying, “We can perhaps look at raising the age 15, 20 years from now. Lift the age today but have it begin 15, 20 years from now. I’m willing to throw a couple things on the table. I’m going to say, let’s put everything on the table.”

Reminder: Cuts to Social Security and Medicare are only “on the table” to make up for the massive deficit increase triggered by Cramer and McConnell’s disastrous tax cuts.

Watch Cramer open the door to Social Security and Medicare cuts here:

Watch the full clip here.

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QUICK CLIP: Kevin Cramer Skates Over Native American Voter ID Question

Last week the Supreme Court upheld a North Dakota voter ID law that the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe said will cause “irreparable harm” to Native Americans voting this November.

Days later at a town hall, Kevin Cramer glossed over these concerns, saying, “there’s not another place in America where it’s easier to vote than North Dakota.” 

The law requires voters to provide a form of identification that includes a current street address. Many Native Americans who live on reservations or in rural areas use P.O. boxes, not street addresses. And with the election one month away, Standing Rock External Affairs Director Danielle Finn said it is not possible to satisfy the new requirement.

Cramer does not seem to share these concerns. At the town hall, he went on to say, “If I was the chairman of a tribe and I was concerned about this, I would make sure that my tribal members got an […]

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Senate Brief: 3 Weeks | GOP Recruitment Failures

Week of Monday, October 15.

IN BRIEF: Three weeks out from Election Day, the GOP’s sloppy recruiting is coming back to bite them. A cycle of lukewarm performances in must-win states has proven that even with a favorable Senate map, recruitment matters. 

This morning the Washington Post highlighted candidates in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan who have fallen far short of the party’s expectations. We agree.

But even beyond the states where Dems are running well ahead of their GOP opponents, candidates thought to be rock-solid have betrayed serious weaknesses.
In Missouri, the “GOP golden boy” Josh Hawley got off to a rough start by pissing off local Republicans with his entitlement and laziness. Now, he’s struggling to overcome a baked-in narrative about his burning desire to rid Americans of their health insurance.
In Indiana, “outsider” Mike Braun never really got off the ground. Just last month, Hoosier Republicans were marveling […]

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Senate Brief: T-Minus 4 Weeks.

Week of Monday, October 8.

IN BRIEF: 4 weeks out from Election Day, one issue has risen above the rest to define this cycle: healthcare. 

On the campaign trail, Republican Senate candidates are on defense, forced to answer to constituents who are terrified by GOP attempts to gut the Affordable Care Act. 

And they’re not doing a very good job. This week, Mike Braun gets a gold star for healthcare disingenuousness on the campaign trail.

For months, Braun has touted his company’s healthcare plan as a proof point for his commitment to affordable healthcare. Watch him talk it up here and here.
There’s just one problem: Braun’s employees say his healthcare plan was “not real insurance.” Politico reports that former employees of Braun’s company, Meyer Distributing, complained about the “horrendous” benefits that came with a $5,000 individual deductible and a $10,000 family deductible.
Braun has been asking Hoosiers for […]

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American Bridge Launches Multi-State Digital Ad Campaign Highlighting Republican Senate Candidates’ Complicity in Kevin Cramer’s Sexual Assault Comments

Today American Bridge launched a multi-state digital ad campaign targeting Republican Senate candidates for fundraising with North Dakota Congressman Kevin Cramer after he called Dr. Blasey Ford’s sexual assault allegation against Brett Kavanaugh “absurd” because “it didn’t go anywhere,” and said “even if it’s all true, does it disqualify him?”

The ads target four Republican Senate nominees who are attending a joint fundraiser with Cramer this Friday: Josh Hawley, Mike Braun, Martha McSally, and Patrick Morrisey. Not one of the four has denounced Cramer’s comments.

The ads will play statewide on social media in Missouri, Indiana, Arizona, and West Virginia, targeted to midterm voters.

“Kevin Cramer has made it abundantly clear over the past week that he is incapable of the kind of judgment befitting a U.S. Senator,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman.“And not only have his fellow Republican Senate nominees failed to condemn Cramer’s remarks, they are attending […]

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LISTEN: Cramer Doubles Down On His Offensive Rhetoric As North Dakotans Blast His Comments

Kevin Cramer is determinedly doubling down on his series of offensive comments, even as North Dakotans blast his rhetoric on Brett Kavanaugh and sexual assault.

On North Dakota radio this afternoon, Cramer first claimed the accusations were “staged,” then said he stood by his remarks: “If the things that happened happened, y’know, when you were in high school, that’s really bad — I don’t know that it disqualifies you.” 

Cramer may want to check in with North Dakotans, who apparently don’t agree with his brazen dismissals of sexual assault allegations.

One irate constituent called into a local TV station to say: “A girl that someone has attempted to rape her or abuse her physically or molest her, never forgets that. A guy can get up and walk away, but the girl will remember it forever. So, Kavanaugh may be guilty. How do we know? I don’t like what Kevin Cramer is talking about.” Watch the […]

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Cramer’s Comments Disqualify Him From Serving In The Senate

“With each comment, Rep. Cramer further disqualifies himself from representing North Dakota in the Senate,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman. “Assault is assault, period. That’s something Cramer just doesn’t seem to understand. And that makes him unfit to lead.”

Washington Post: GOP Rep. Cramer questions whether accusation against Kavanaugh should disqualify him, even if true
By Sean Sullivan | September 25, 2018

“Rep. Kevin Cramer, the Republican nominee for Senate in North Dakota, questioned Monday whether a sexual assault accusation against Brett M. Kavanaugh should disqualify him from the Supreme Court, even if the allegation is true.”
“The comments from Cramer, a top Republican recruit in a marquee Senate race, highlight the extent to which the accusations against Kavanaugh have reached the midterm campaign trail, forcing candidates to respond to sensitive questions about the revelations.”
“In the interview with host Chris Berg televised Monday, Cramer said that if something like […]

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Senate Brief: Kavanaugh Is Already Hurting Republican Candidates

Week of Monday, September 24, 2018

IN BRIEF: Kevin Cramer is under fire for suggesting an alleged rape attempt by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was “absurd” because it “never went anywhere,” and the parties involved were “drunk” “teenagers.”

This isn’t your average Cramer gaffe. While most Republican Senate candidates are staying safely in the “she should testify” lane, Cramer is professing disbelief. What’s more, his suggestion that the allegation shouldn’t be taken seriously because it “never went anywhere” is being compared to Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comments.
This will be a liability for Republicans. Cramer has moved the ball down the court by being the first Senate candidate to flat-out deny the allegations. He’s also crossed a line in the midst of a national conversation about assault and consent. And his fellow Republican office-seekers will have to answer for that.
Republicans have lost a major talking point. As Kavanaugh’s […]

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