Schumer: GOP plan to make Warren the face of Dems 'not going to work'

Schumer: GOP plan to make Warren the face of Dems 'not going to work'
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles SchumerSchumer: Dems didn't 'tell people what we stood for' in 2016 Schumer: Dems, not Russia, are to blame for loss to Trump Repair is the only “R” word that can solve our healthcare woes MORE (D-N.Y.) is dismissing the GOP's efforts to make Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenSanders keeping door open on 2020 Scaramucci deletes old tweets bashing Trump Trump's new communications chief once called him a 'hack' MORE (D-Mass.) the face of the Democratic Party.

"It's not going to work," Schumer said of the strategy, according to Politico.

The publication reported that Republicans are looking for someone to drive their conservative base to donate and turn out to vote. Politico quoted GOP strategists who said Warren is viewed negatively outside the coasts, adding that she could make it difficult for some Democrats who are up for reelection in 2018 in states President Trump won. 

The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) is launching a new set of digital ads criticizing incumbent Democrats for voting with Warren, according to Politico.

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“Elizabeth Warren is the face of the Democratic Party," said NRSC Chairman Cory GardnerCory GardnerProtesters interrupt Senate Republican’s speech over healthcare Interior recommends preserving Colorado site's monument status Overnight Energy: Exxon sues feds over M fine | Deputy Interior pick advances | Oil concerns hold up Russia sanctions push MORE, who represents Colorado in the Senate.

"She's extremely popular with their base, and that's why she's leading them right now. That's why [Democrats] are voting 100 percent of the time with Elizabeth Warren."

But Sen. Heidi HeitkampHeidi HeitkampRegulatory experts push Senate leaders for regulatory reform Why governors hold power in the battle for GOP healthcare votes Vulnerable senators raise big money ahead of 2018 MORE (D-N.D.) said that the notion that Warren is the face of the Democratic Party is "ridiculous, especially when you look at voting records and where we've been."

"They need a boogeyman, and they’re trying to turn Elizabeth into a boogeyman," she said. "And I think maybe what they should worry about more is actually doing America’s work.” 

Other Democrats also dismissed the strategy.
 
 
“In the states that Trump won that Democrats are running in, I can’t imagine that she helps them. I think she hurts them," he said.
 
Warren was critical of Trump during his campaign and has continued her efforts since the he assumed office. She has spoken out against many of the president's Cabinet nominees and is a popular figure among Democrats.