August 06, 2018

America First Policies To Target Red-State Dems With TV Ads Backing Kavanaugh

President Donald Trump’s allies are escalating their support of his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, sinking millions more into pressure campaigns on red-state Democrats facing tough reelection fights in November.

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America First plans to spend nearly $1.2 million over the nearly monthlong blitz, expanding on the parallel efforts of other deep-pocketed conservative groups — Judicial Crisis Network and Americans for Prosperity — that have been up with pro-Kavanaugh TV ads and on-the-ground activism.

The new ads running in major local media markets, combined with America First’s statewide digital campaigns already underway, are scheduled to stay up through Sept. 5. Heitkamp and Donnelly have scheduled meetings with Kavanaugh for Aug. 15. Manchin met with the judge for two hours last week.

All three Democrats voted for Justice Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s Supreme Court nominee last year.

America First is urging the moderate lawmakers to again “put country before party,” with its ad aimed at Manchin quoting from an article that posits that Kavanaugh may be the most qualified Supreme Court nominee in generations.

“But that isn’t stopping Liberal Chuck Schumer from blocking Kavanaugh, ordering Democrats like Joe Manchin to 'keep their powder dry' and not commit,” the ad states. “Tell Joe Manchin enough, he works for us, not Chuck Schumer.”

The group’s ad aimed at Heitkamp features Trump during his prime-time White House announcement saying his court selection is “universally regarded as one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time.” “There is no one in America more qualified for this position, and no one more deserving,” Trump adds.

It ends by imploring North Dakota viewers to tell Heitkamp to #CONFIRMKavanaugh.”

Pro-Trump forces are encountering more resistance than they did during Gorsuch’s confirmation, with a flurry of spending and activism coming from liberal advocates, including supporters of abortion rights.

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