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 (Chuck) Ellis SchumerThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — GOP centrists in striking distance of immigration vote Schumer: Trump should take Kim Jong Un off 'trip coin' Overnight Finance: Trump signs repeal of auto-loan policy | Justices uphold contracts that bar employee class-action suits | US, China trade war 'on hold' MORE (D-N.Y.) is dismissing the GOP's efforts to make Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenRising star Abrams advances in Georgia governor race Progressive rise is good news for Sanders, Warren Juan Williams: Trump gives life to the left 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 Scott GardnerSenate GOP urges Trump administration to work closely with Congress on NAFTA Trump makes Manchin top target for midterms Wyden: I object to Trump’s DHS cyber nomination over demands for Stingray information 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 HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampOvernight Finance: Trump signs Dodd-Frank rollback | Snubs key Dems at ceremony | Senate confirms banking regulator | Lawmakers lash out on Trump auto tariffs Trump signs Dodd-Frank rollback Trump doesn't invite key Dems to signing ceremony on their bill 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.