GOP pollster: Smart for Republicans to use impeachment threat to drive voter turnout

Republican pollster Brett Loyd on Thursday said it is smart for Republican candidates to use the threat of impeaching President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden campaign: Trump and former vice president will have phone call about coronavirus Esper: Military personnel could help treat coronavirus patients 'if push comes to shove' Schumer calls for military official to act as medical equipment czar MORE to drive voter turnout in House midterm races. 

"I think it is," Loyd told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking" when asked whether it was smart for Republicans to use Democrats' impeachment threat as a campaign focal point. 

"I think ... the fear of a Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSchumer calls for military official to act as medical equipment czar Overnight Health Care: Trump resists pressure for nationwide stay-at-home order | Trump open to speaking to Biden about virus response | Fauci gets security detail | Outbreak creates emergency in nursing homes McConnell: Pelosi trying to 'jam' Senate on fourth coronavirus relief bill MORE Congress, that's more powerful than any policy debate or anything else because I think Republicans and most of the independents, a majority of independents, see that as dangerous to some piece of policy that they like, be it immigration or economic policy," he continued. "So I think it's a fair thing for Republicans to campaign on." 

Democrats such as Reps. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersOvernight Health Care: White House projects grim death toll from coronavirus | Trump warns of 'painful' weeks ahead | US surpasses China in official virus deaths | CDC says 25 percent of cases never show symptoms Democrats, Trump set to battle over implementing T relief bill Maxine Waters unleashes over Trump COVID-19 response: 'Stop congratulating yourself! You're a failure' MORE (D-Calif.) and Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenOvernight Energy: Iconic national parks close over coronavirus concerns | New EPA order limits telework post-pandemic | Lawmakers urge help for oil and gas workers Bipartisan lawmakers urge assistance for oil and gas workers Lawmakers shame ex-Wells Fargo directors for failing to reboot bank MORE (D-Texas) have vowed to work to impeach President Trump. 

Various Republicans, including Trump himself, have warned that Democrats will move to impeach him if they gain a majority in the House in November. 

“We have to keep the House because if we listen to Maxine Waters, she’s going around saying ‘We will impeach him,’ ” Trump said at a campaign rally in April. 

However, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has warned against efforts to impeach Trump, saying it would end up working against the party before the midterms.

“On the political side I think it’s a gift to the Republicans,” Pelosi said. “We want to talk about what they’re doing to undermine working families in our country and what we are doing to increase their payrolls and lower their costs," Pelosi said. 

— Julia Manchester