MCCONNELL DELIVERS “CAMPAIGN GOLD.” A new report from Politico outlines how Mitch McConnell’s comments on targeting entitlements and affordable health care are forcing Senate Republican candidates to answer for the GOP’s dangerous and unpopular agenda:
Read more on how the “McConnell Effect” continues to drag down Republican Senate candidates.
MCSALLY FORCED TO ANSWER FOR HEALTH CARE RECORD. Fox News held Congresswoman Martha McSally’s feet to the fire for her record of voting to eliminate protections for pre-existing conditions coverage:
WALLACE: Do you acknowledge that protection for people with preexisting conditions was significantly weaker under repeal and replace than it was under Obamacare?
MCSALLY: Chris, I am passionate about protecting people with preexisting conditions and forcing insurance companies to provide them health insurance. I voted to make sure that they had that — that coverage…
WALLACE: … because under repeal and replace, the bill that you voted for, if someone had a lapse in coverage of 63 days — and, of course, a lot of these are cases of preexisting condition are people who don’t have insurance and then want to buy it — if you had a lapse in coverage for 63 days, states could force those people, instead of buying it from an insurance company, to buy it from a risk pool.
And that meant that the premiums would be higher. That’s exactly the kind of thing that Obamacare tried to prevent.
BRAUN DODGES QUESTIONS ON HEALTH CARE. Despite trying for weeks to fool voters into believing that he cares about protections for pre-existing conditions, Mike Braun has now started avoiding questions from the press altogether. WTHR reports that while Joe Donnelly continues to hold Braun accountable on health care when they “attempted to get a clarification from Braun” they “were told he didn’t have time for questions.”
HAWLEY’S “TURBULENT” TENURE AS ATTORNEY GENERAL. Josh Hawley’s “turbulent” time as Attorney General came to light this weekend as stunning reports detailing widespread mismanagement of his office were released:
New York Times: “…a review of public records and internal documents, as well as interviews with current and former employees, reveals a chaotic tenure as attorney general that has been costly for state taxpayers. Judges have criticized the office over its slow pace of discovery, and Mr. Hawley’s staff had to renege on a settlement in a high-profile civil case.”
St. Louis Post Dispatch: “Critics say Hawley’s administration bled staffers and dedicated limited resources to firing salvos toward the federal government. They say he carried a lighter load than his predecessors.”
Our take: “Josh Hawley has always been out for himself and what these new reports show is how he’s used his taxpayer-funded office to get ahead – at the expense of Missourians. From leading a lawsuit to eliminate protections for the 2.5 million Missourians with a pre-existing condition to spending millions more on litigation, Hawley’s proven he cannot be trusted to the job Missourians hired him to do.”
See more of the headlines here.
But wait, there’s more…
REPUBLICANS “RACE” TO COVER TRACKS ON HEALTH CARE. The Washington Post reports that as Democrats’ messaging on health care continues to resonate with voters “Republicans race to back protections for preexisting conditions, after trying for years to gut the law that created the protections:”
SELF-SERVING SCOTT’S SHAM BLIND TRUST MAKES HEADLINES. Self-Serving Rick Scott continues piling onto the over 500 bad stories he has earned in the first 180 days of his campaign.
Last week, the New York Times released a shocking report revealing that “an examination of Mr. Scott’s finances shows that his trust has been blind in name only,” and now a new report from the Orlando Sentinel details more troubling information about his financal ties:
TESTER FOR SENATE LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE. Tester for Senate launched a new website, RosendaleOutToLunch.com, holding Montana Insurance Commissioner Matt Rosendale accountable for having “little to nothing scheduled on nearly half his work days” since he began campaigning for Senate.
DEM ENDORSEMENT ROUNDUP
DEM AD WATCH
AZ – The ad, “Better Way,” contrasts Martha McSally’s partisan, aggressive campaign with Kysten Sinema’s collegial, bipartisan campaign.
MO – Claire McCaskill’s “Dark” ad highlights secret dark money from insurance and drug companies fueling Josh Hawley’s campaign.
NV – A Nevadan family whose son suffers from a heart defect describes how Dean Heller reneged on his promise to advocate for protections for pre-existing conditions in the ad, “Dean.”
ND – Heidi Heitkamp replays some of Kevin Cramer’s most damaging statements, like protecting sexual predators and accusing citizens of abusing the health care system through claiming coverage for pre-existing conditions, in the ad, “Own Words.”
IN THE STATES
FL-WCJB: Senator Bill Nelson visits UF
MN-Fox21: Sen. Smith Visits Northland
MO-Bloomberg: Claire McCaskill’s Opioid Work Deserves More Attention
ND-MyNDNow: Students meet with the senator for a Q&A
TN-Times Free Press: Turnout nears 300,000 as Tennesseans continue feverish early voting pace
WI-Daily Cardinal: Bon Iver, Baldwin rally Wisconsinites to vote, support ‘all human lives’