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ICYMI: Senate Democrats say GOP roster full of ‘flawed and deeply damaged candidates’ [The Hill]

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The Hill: Senate Democrats say GOP roster full of ‘flawed and deeply damaged candidates’
By Brad Dress
July 31, 2022

  • Senate Democrats believe they are in a good position for the midterm elections about 100 days out from November because Republicans are leaning on “a roster of flawed and deeply damaged candidates,” according to a campaign memo published Sunday by Politico.
  • The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) memo, sent out via email, says that while “Democrats are running strong, battle-tested incumbents and challengers,” the GOP is backing candidates who “who bring disqualifying personal and political baggage to the general election.”
  • “Democrats have put the GOP firmly on the defensive in Senate races, and the candidate vs. candidate dynamic in these campaigns has become a major liability for Republicans,” the memo from DSCC Executive Director Christie Roberts reads.
  • The DSCC memo provides links to stories about the “flawed” candidates, including former NFL star Herschel Walker, who is running for a seat in Georgia but has been beset by allegations he embellished his business successes.
  • Another candidate in stories shared by the DSCC includes celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz, whose anti-abortion stance and other controversies now see him trailing in the polls to Democratic challenger John Fetterman in Pennsylvania.
  • Democrats are eager to campaign on abortion rights following the U.S. Supreme Court’s stunning reversal of Roe v. Wade last month, as well as gun control after a spate of mass shootings rocked the nation this year.
  • The party is also pitching its candidates on core issues, such as efforts to to lower health care costs and tackle climate change. The DSCC memo suggests these priorities give them a moral high ground of sorts over GOP candidates, who they say are pushing to ban abortion as well as end popular programs like Medicare and Social Security.
  • Financially, Democrats are also raising records amount of money following the Supreme Court’s decision on abortion. The NRSC has about $28.5 million cash on hand compared to the DSCC, which has more than $53 million on hand.
  • Roberts said Democrats are “firing on all cylinders” while the GOP candidates struggle to relay their messaging and overcome controversy, predicting that it would put Democrats on the path toward victory.
  • “While Republicans are pledging to ban abortion nationally, raise taxes and end programs like Medicare and Social Security,” Roberts wrote, “Senate Democrats are fighting to lower costs, improve our supply chains, and are focusing on the issues that matter most to working families.”

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