GOP candidate plans 'brutal and vicious' campaign against Kaine in Virginia

Republican Senate nominee Corey Stewart said that he plans to a mount a “brutal and vicious” campaign against Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineDem senator wants Trump to extend immigration protections to Venezuelans Pentagon sends Congress list of projects that could lose funds to Trump's emergency declaration The Hill's Morning Report - 2020 Dems grapple with race, gender and privilege MORE (D-Va.).

In a Monday interview with Hill.TV’s “Rising,” Stewart slammed Kaine, who’s been in office since 2013, for not having a "single major accomplishment." Stewart said the senator has attacked him because of Kaine's lack of a record.

“We have to be very aggressive and brutal and vicious with regard to the truth,” Stewart said.

“I think that I’m going to be very aggressive. I don’t fight like other Republicans. I’m going to be fighting more like Democrats and just being very brutal.”

Earlier this month, Stewart eked out a slim victory over a more moderate GOP challenger, state Del. Nick Freitas. Stewart, the chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, has been a fervent defender of Confederate monuments as well as an ally of President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate GOP budget ignores Trump, cuts defense Trump says he'll nominate Stephen Moore to Fed White House: ISIS territory in Syria has been 100 percent eliminated MORE’s.

Following Stewart’s primary victory, Trump congratulated the Virginia Republican, tweeting that people shouldn’t “underestimate Corey” because he has “a major chance of winning.”

But a few Republican groups have decided not to back the GOP nominee, including the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), the Senate GOP’s campaign arm and Americans for Prosperity, a group aligned with the network of GOP mega-donors Charles and David Koch.

"We have a big map, right now we are focused on Florida, North Dakota, Missouri, Indiana. I don’t see Virginia in it," NRSC Chairman Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerOvernight Health Care: CDC pushes for expanding HIV testing, treatment | Dem group launches ads attacking Trump on Medicare, Medicaid cuts | Hospitals, insurers spar over surprise bills | O'Rourke under pressure from left on Medicare for all Dem group launches ads attacking Trump's 'hypocrisy on Medicare and Medicaid cuts' Trump keeps tight grip on GOP MORE (R-Colo.) told CNN following the primary.

When asked by “Rising” co-host Krystal Ball if he hopes to get support from Republican leadership, Stewart noted that he's been critical of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump: Green New Deal 'the most preposterous thing' and 'easy to beat' 2020 Dems avoid this year's AIPAC conference GOP eager to exploit Dem court-packing fight MORE (R-Ky.), but would welcome any resources.

“Well I didn’t have a lot of kind things to say about Mitch McConnell. That said I’d love to have their financial support,” Stewart said.

“At the end of the day, the [NRSC] essentially is just another super PAC. In today’s campaigns of super PAC and today’s world, I can make up for that loss of not having their support with some big donors from across the country.”

The Republican National Committee (RNC) has remained mum about whether it will back Stewart. The RNC is essentially the political arm of the White House and has previously stood behind the president’s endorsements this cycle.

Kaine is heavily favored in his reelection race in the blue-leaning state. Clinton won Virginia by more than 5 points in 2016—a bigger margin of victory than former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaJennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez's engagement win Obama's endorsement Pence lobbies anti-Trump donors to support reelection: report The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump attacks on McCain rattle GOP senators MORE. And a recent poll from Roanoke College found Kaine ahead of Stewart by 11 points.

— Lisa Hagen