“THE GREAT AMERICAN HEALTH CARE PANIC.” Politico reports on how Americans “panic” over climbing premiums and Republican efforts to gut protections for their pre-existing conditions coverage is playing out:
REPUBLICANS (STILL) TRYING TO REWRITE HEALTH CARE RECORDS. The New York Times questioned the accuracy of Republican Senate candidate’s ads feigning concern for people with pre-existing conditions while actively working to dismantle protections for their health care coverage:
And how it’s playing out across the map:
SINEMA DOMINATES LONE AZ DEBATE. While Kyrsten Sinema demonstrated a measured, issues-focused performance in Monday’s debate, Congresswoman Martha McSally showed why she tried to avoid even one debate, with a “defensive,” “flustered,” performance that “sidestepped” on the issues that matter most to Arizonans. Here’s what they’re saying:
Arizona Republic’s Yvonne Wingett Sanchez: “Even when McSally attacked Sinema for holding “very dangerous” positions on illegal immigration, Sinema responded calmly.”
Arizona Republic’s Kelsey Mo: “David Martinez III supports Sinema and said she “rose to the challenge” and showed what she will bring to the table. Sinema was “cool” and collected, he said. “She has shown she can get past partisan divide and be a voice for Arizonans.”
Arizona State Senator Martín Quezada: “This #AZSen debate is very telling. @RepMcSally appears desperate and flustered. But in all fairness I would be too if I had a voting record like hers. #RememberInNovember”
Congressman Ruben Gallego, a Marine and Iraq War Veteran: “it was not treasonous to be against the Iraq War. I wish more politicians had listened to people like Kyrsten. We would have avoided needless deaths and the ensuing chaos that came. #AZSenDebate
WATCH: CNN: FIGHT FOR ARIZONA SENATE SEAT HEATS UP. CNN’s Kyung Lah highlights Kyrsten Sinema’s coalition building and how her message is resonating with Arizonans as McSally acknowledges her challenges with voter enthusiasm:
SINEMA LAUNCHES NEW COALITION. The Hill reports Kyrsten Sinema launched a new coalition, Republicans for Sinema, made up of “a 57-member strong Republicans for Sinema coalition of GOP voters in the state who say they will be supporting Sinema and campaigning against McSally ahead of next month’s midterm elections.”
MCCASKILL LAUNCHES “YOUR HEALTH CARE, YOUR VOTE” TOUR. Claire McCaskill launched a statewide tour of Missouri to talk to voters about the most important issue impacting them this election cycle: health care. On the tour, she will discuss her record of fighting for affordable health care and hold Josh Hawley accountable for putting the health care coverage of 2.5 million Missourians in jeopardy. Learn more about the tour.
HEITKAMP EARNS BACKING OF SENIORS’ GROUPS. Heidi Heitkamp was endorsed by the National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare (NCPSSM) and the Alliance for Retired Americans (ARA) this week for her record of fighting for seniors and their families.
Congressman Kevin Cramer, on the other hand, doubled down on his commitment to rolling back Social Security and Medicare in an interview with the Jamestown Sun saying Congress should raise “the (retirement) age a little bit.” No wonder the Alliance for Retired Americans gave his congressional record a lifetime score of just 9%.
TESTER OP-ED: I WON’T EVER STOP FIGHTING FOR MONTANA. In a new op-ed for the Independent Record, Jon Tester lays out his record of fighting for Montanans in the issues most important to them.
ROSENDALE DOUBLES DOWN ON HEALTH CARE SABOTAGE. As Montana’s Insurance Commissioner, Matt Rosendale is supposed to stand with Montanans in support of the health care coverage they need but what he has done is anything but that:
The Independent Record reports that he has rubber-stamped the GOP’s dangerous agenda of health care sabotage saying “He’s also advocated for the short-term plans, the one’s Tester calls “junk plans,” and allowed a religious health care sharing ministry to return to operating in the state after it was banned in 2007” and that he falls “in line with Republicans nationally who have long called for the law’s repeal.”
Meanwhile, Jon Tester continues to hold Rosendale accountable for driving up premiums, supporting proposals to eliminate protections for pre-existing conditions coverage and rubber stamping the GOP’s most dangerous policies.
CLEVELAND.COM PROFILES RENACCI’S “GAFFE AFTER GAFFE.” In a new episode of the podcast, “Ohio Matters,” Cleveland.com highlighted Congressman Jim Renacci’s embarrassing campaign gaffes including using “a strip club owner’s plane to a family values conference” and running a campaign that “you’d expect from a rookie politician.”
SELF-SERVING SCOTT POURS ANOTHER $18M INTO CAMPAIGN, DOESN’T MOVE THE NEEDLE. Self-Serving Rick Scott has a history of pouring money into his campaigns and Politico reports that he has spent another $18 million trying to buy the #FLSEN seat:
DEM AD WATCH
IN – Joe Donnelly says farmers’ input guides his decision-making in Washington in his ad, “Marching Orders.”
MT – In Jon Tester’s new ad “Vets have Jon’s Back,” he features veterans who support him for his record of fighting for them.
OH – Ohioans shower praise for Sherrod Brown’s advocacy on issues ranging from education to equality in the ad, “Let’s Make History, Ohio.”
VA – Tim Kaine is out with two new Spanish ads: “Yo Soy” highlights Kaine’s fight for education, jobs and access to health care for all Virginians, and “Nuestro Futuro” outlines why Kaine thinks diversity enriches the job market and Virginia’s future.
IN THE STATES
FL-Sunshine State News: Senator Nelson And Rubio Urge Air Force Brass to Help Restore Tyndall AFB
MT-Helena Independent Record: Guest view: I won’t ever stop fighting for Montana
OH-Loveland Magazine: Sherrod Brown announces $28,572 to Goshen Township Fire and EMS
WI-Kenosha News: U.S. Sen Tammy Baldwin greets Kenosha residents in visit
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