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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Virtually Every Republican Senate Candidate Is Lying About Pre-Existing Conditions

“Republican Senate candidates’ pathetic excuses for protecting pre-existing conditions coverage are a master class in political pandering,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman. “Republicans are hoping voters aren’t paying attention to their long record of deception on this issue. We’re here to make sure every voter between now and Election Day learns just how empty Republican promises are.”

Huffington Post: GOP Senate Candidates Are Scrambling To Rewrite Their Record On Pre-Existing Conditions
By Jonathan Cohn and Kevin Robillard | September 2, 2018

Josh Hawley “says he is all about making sure anybody can get health insurance, regardless of their medical status: ‘We need to cover pre-existing conditions,’ he said earlier this summer.”
But Hawley “is one of the 20 state officials who has signed onto a new lawsuit seeking to eliminate the Affordable Care Act’s guarantee of coverage, which they argue is unconstitutional. Hawley is also […]

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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.”
“Yet at the same […]

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QUICK CLIP: Hypocrite Mike Braun Sells Auto Parts Made in China

Mike Braun has staked his Senate campaign on his supposed all-American business career. There’s just one problem: his business isn’t quite what he says it is. From allegations of employee mistreatment to outsourcing jobs, Braun’s business record isn’t squeaky clean.

Now, Braun’s been caught profiting off of auto parts made in China, while touting his dedication to Made in America on the campaign trail. 

Indiana’s WANE reports:

“Senate candidate Mike Braun is railing against foreign outsourcing on the campaign trail. However, his own company continues to sell its trademarked brand of auto accessories, many of which are made in China. An auto accessory purchase by the Associated Press was stamped ‘Made in China.’ Braun has previously insisted the company is only in the business of distributing other companies’ auto parts.”

Watch Hoosiers call out Mike Braun for his Made in China hypocrisy:

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Mike Braun Profits from “Made In China” Products

“Rep. Mike Braun might pose as an all-American businessman in his campaign ads, but he’s profiting off products made in China,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “Braun’s been lying through his teeth about helping American workers, getting rich off Chinese manufacturing. Rep. Braun’s been caught doing one thing while saying another — and that’s what Hoosiers hate most about politics.”


AP: Indiana candidate’s brand markets Chinese parts

By Brian Slodysko, August 10, 2018

“The off-road accessory was shipped in a box emblazoned with the logo of an auto parts brand owned by Mike Braun, a multimillionaire businessman who often rails against foreign outsourcing in his bid to become Indiana’s next senator.”
“The words ‘Made in China’ were stamped across the packaging.”
“The Republican nominee’s own parts brand, Promaxx Automotive, sells products that were similarly manufactured abroad, according to a review by The Associated Press.”
“The AP purchased from Amazon one of Braun’s brand […]

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Mike Braun Turns A Blind Eye To Workers Facing Layoffs In His Hometown

Jasper, Indiana’s Kimball Electronics is warning the Trump administration that the escalating trade war could result in closure of two of its U.S. manufacturing plants and the outsourcing of manufacturing to Mexico. That means 524 Hoosier workers at the Jasper, Indiana plant are at risk of losing their jobs.

But while Hoosier workers in his hometown face devastating layoffs, Republican Senate candidate and businessman Mike Braun is continuing to blindly support Trump’s reckless trade war.

Last month at an agricultural summit, Mike Braun looked anxious farmers in the eye and said,“It’s not a simple issue, but it’s a simple process of letting it play itself out. I trust President Trump.” Braun has repeatedly sided with the reckless trade policies squeezing farmers and businesses in Indiana.

“Mike Braun is refusing to stand up for the Hoosier workers he is running to represent,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman. “Instead of calling on […]

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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.
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After 8 Days of Silence, Mike Braun Defends Curtis Hill … Then His Campaign Cleans It Up

Today, after eight days of cowardly silence, Rep. Mike Braun finally made a public statement about the sexual assault allegations against Curtis Hil — and it didn’t go well. When radio host Tony Katz asked Rep. Braun if Hill should resign, well, Braun actually defended Hill:

​​”I think to me that’s a personal decision, and he’s decided, and I’ve listened to every detail of it yesterday, to fight it. And I think that’s within his right to do so.”
​​”He has vehemently denied it. And I think the process that he’ll be going through hopefully will give him the ability to give his side of the case. But as far as where I’m at with it, I think where it’s at right now is where I’d be.”

Instead of unequivocally calling on Hill to resign (as Republicans like Gov. Holcomb and House Speaker Brian Bosma have done), Rep. Braun said Hill should continue to defend himself and […]

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Senate Brief: Mike Braun is Shamefully Silent on the Sexual Assault Scandal Rocking Indiana Politics

Week of Monday, July 9, 2018

IN BRIEF: Mike Braun is staying shamefully silent in the face of multiple accusations against Indiana’s Attorney General Curtis Hill of sexual assault and harassment. Numerous prominent Hoosier Republicans have called for his resignation, but despite the allegations, Mike Braun has remained conspicuously silent. To recap:

Attorney General Hill is facing an Indiana inspector general investigation after four women accused him of inappropriately touching them at an Indianapolis bar in March.
Gov. Eric Holcomb, House Speaker Brian Bosma, and Senate leader David Long — all Republicans — have called for Hill’s resignation.
But all the while, Rep. Mike Braun, the top Republican on Indiana’s ballot this year, has said nothing — showing voters that when push comes to shove, he’ll stand with his fellow political insiders rather than doing the right thing.  

ON THE HILL: When will Reps. Kevin Cramer, Martha McSally, Lou Barletta, Marsha Blackburn, and Jim […]

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