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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NEW VIDEO: Cruz Throws In The Towel, Campaigns With Trump

American Bridge is launching a new social media video before Ted Cruz rallies with Donald Trump on October 22.

The video reminds voters that Cruz and Trump pulled no punches as primary opponents. Some of their best lines include:

“Donald, you’re a sniveling coward.” –Cruz
“I watched Ted Cruz this morning. Oh, I can’t listen. So dramatic: aah uuh-aah.”-–Trump
“He’s a pussy.” –Trump
“If I were in my car and getting ready to reverse and saw Donald in the backup camera, I’m not confident which pedal I’d push.” –Cruz

Charming.

The video ends with Cruz waving the white flag to campaign with Trump, and asks Texans to throw in the towel on Cruz come Election Day.

Watch Cruz throw in the towel here:

Watch the full video here.

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National Republicans Hit The Panic Button In Texas

“At the first sign of trouble, Ted Cruz abandoned his long-held facade of independence and ran straight to K Street. Now, he’s dragging national Republicans down with him in his attempt to save his Senate campaign,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman.

Politico: Inside the GOP’s rescue mission for Ted Cruz
By Alex Isenstadt | September 9, 2018

“With a string of polls showing GOP Sen. Ted Cruz’s lead slipping, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick showed up in Washington on July 25 to deliver an urgent plea to White House officials: Send President Donald Trump.”

“The previously unreported meeting comes as senior Republicans grow increasingly concerned about the senator’s prospects in the reliably red state, with some expressing fear that an underperformance could threaten GOP candidates running further down the ballot.”

“Trump’s rally is just the most public display of a Republican cavalry rushing to the senator’s aid…The party…is suddenly leaving little to chance. Behind the […]

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Cruz, Sessions Targeted by New “Worst For Women” Campaign

Today, American Bridge and UltraViolet PAC are launching a new campaign targeting Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Pete Sessions with grassroots actions across Texas. The campaign, “Worst for Women,” highlights more than a dozen members of Congress as the “Worst for Women” with digital ads and a new micro-site featuring an inaugural legislative scorecard.

Texans concerned with Cruz and Sessions’ dangerous and extreme agenda are presenting the “Worst for Women” award to Sen. Cruz and Rep. Sessions’ offices in Dallas, Austin, and Washington D.C. today.

 

UltraViolet PAC and American Bridge delivered a Worst for Women award to Ted Cruz’s office in Washington, D.C. today.

 

The Worst for Women five-figure digital buy has begun, and directs persuadable female voters to learn about Cruz and Sessions’ record on the Worst for Women micro-site, here: http://worstforwomen.com/.

Cruz and Sessions tout Trump’s dangerous and extreme agenda—voting in line with Trump as much as 98 percent of the time. They’ve consistently voted to repeal health care, to protect the […]

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First Cornyn, now Cruz admit that they are playing politics with the American people’s healthcare

“The second Republican Senator in as many days just admitted the truth: they and Donald Trump are endangering the healthcare of the American people in order to practice the most cynical form of partisan politics imaginable,” said American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates. “Yesterday John Cornyn said it would be a ‘luxury’ to know if the Senate would vote to take coverage from 22 or 32 million Americans, and now Ted Cruz is urging Republicans to put the next year’s elections ahead of the well-being of American families.”

Washington Examiner: Ted Cruz warns: Failure to act on Obamacare will hurt GOP in 2018
by Anna Giaritelli

Sen Ted Cruz, R-Texas, lashed out at Senate Republicans on Friday for their inaction in healthcare reform legislation, and said it could result in real problems for the GOP in the mid-term elections.

Fox News co-host Ainsley Earhardt asked Cruz on Friday if senators are worried […]

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Trump Donated $35K To TX Gov. After Getting A Free Pass On His Trump U Fraud

In 2010, the state of Texas nearly held Donald Trump accountable for his “university” scam that shamelessly deployed predatory sales tactics to take advantage of seniors, veterans, and hardworking Americans of all backgrounds.

The Texas Attorney General office’s Consumer Protection Division compiled a $5.4 million case against Trump University. The case the state put together (the documents are available here) is damning and exposes Trump U as a full-on scam that promoted “legally and ethically questionable real estate investment strategies.” But somehow, the division’s formal requests to sue Trump and Trump U were denied.

 

According to the Dallas Morning News, John Owens, then deputy director of the Consumer Proection Division, “the decision not to sue [Trump] was political.” In fact, Owens alleges that then-Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott intervened on Trump’s behalf.

Curiously, within the next several years after the Texas AG office dropped the inquiry, now-Governor Abbott “received $35,000 in […]

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Meet Solicitor General Cruz: Extreme And Far-Right Wing

Before he read Green Eggs and Ham to shut down the government over the ACA, Ted Cruz was a state solicitor general arguing in front of the Supreme Court.

Today, Politico Magazine published a profile about Cruz’s five years as solicitor general in Texas, where the senator turned the legal job into a national platform to broadcast his brand of red-meat conservatism. The article focuses on Cruz’s fight against gun safety and how he used the position to propel himself throughout his 2012 Senate campaign. But Cruz’s time as solicitor general shows more than that. It shows just how deeply rooted Cruz’s extremism is:

As solicitor general, Cruz argued that Texas didn’t have to comply with the Vienna Conventions and inform a Mexican citizen of his right to contact contact his consulate after being arrested.
Cruz argued that Texas had the right to execute the mentally ill. 
Cruz argued that Texas shouldn’t have to provide health wellness check […]

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A 3rd & Long Day of Bad Press for Cowboys Superfan Governor Chris Christie

From his hometown editorial board to the pages of Sports Illustrated, New Jersey Governor “Cowboys’ Mojo” Chris Christie was greeted again this morning by a slew of bad headlines questioning the ethics of his attending last Sunday’s Cowboys’ game on Jerry Jones’ dime, given that Jones has a business relationship with the Port Authority of NY/NJ. Even fellow Republican governor — and potential 2016 rival — Scott Walker of Wisconsin joined the pile on.

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Ain’t No Party Like A Shutdown Party: Your 2014 GOP

A year ago today was a dark day for Washington. Like, literally dark — the Republican Party turned off the lights to the federal government, holding the economy hostage to try to score political points. It didn’t work.

In fact, all the government shutdown did was suck $24 billion out of the US economy, while leaving the Republican Party deeply damaged. It’s easy to associate the shutdown with the likes of Ted Cruz, the man who drives the GOP strategy. But it’s not just Ted Cruz who supported the shutdown. It’s nearly every Republican Senate candidate in key races and a slew of 2016 frontrunners.

Their support manifested itself in different ways. Cory Gardner voted for the shutdown, risked default by voting against raising the debt ceiling, voted to prolong the shutdown, and then hobnobbed with Karl Rove and his big-money donor friends while America paid the price for his actions.

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