Pence to target three vulnerable Senate Dems in new ads: report

Pence to target three vulnerable Senate Dems in new ads: report
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Vice President Pence is taking aim at three vulnerable Democratic senators, portraying them as opposing forces to the White House in an upcoming TV ad buy, according to Politico.

Pence targets Sens. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterOvernight Energy: Trump ends talks with California on car emissions | Dems face tough vote on Green New Deal | Climate PAC backing Inslee in possible 2020 run Dems face tough vote on Green New Deal How the border deal came together MORE (Mont.), Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampOvernight Energy: Trump taps ex-oil lobbyist Bernhardt to lead Interior | Bernhardt slams Obama officials for agency's ethics issues | Head of major green group steps down Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary On The Money: Shutdown Day 27 | Trump fires back at Pelosi by canceling her foreign travel | Dems blast 'petty' move | Trump also cancels delegation to Davos | House votes to disapprove of Trump lifting Russia sanction MORE (N.D.) and Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyOvernight Energy: Trump taps ex-oil lobbyist Bernhardt to lead Interior | Bernhardt slams Obama officials for agency's ethics issues | Head of major green group steps down Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary EPA's Wheeler faces grilling over rule rollbacks MORE (Ind.), three of the 10 Senate Democrats up for reelection in states that President TrumpDonald John TrumpAverage tax refunds down double-digits, IRS data shows White House warns Maduro as Venezuela orders partial closure of border with Colombia Trump administration directs 1,000 more troops to Mexican border MORE won in 2016.

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The vice president will hit the three senators on issues like opposing the GOP tax plan and ObamaCare repeal efforts, as well as their support for "sanctuary cities" and Planned Parenthood.

“President Trump has been delivering for Montana every day — without much help from Sen. Jon Tester,” Pence says in the one of the ads, with footage from Trump’s rally in support of Tester’s GOP opponent, Matt Rosendale. “When the time came to cut your taxes, Jon Tester voted 'no.' When the time came to end sanctuary cities, Jon voted 'no.' And when the time came to repeal and replace ObamaCare, Jon Tester voted 'no.'”

The ad against Tester will hit the airwaves late next week but run online starting Friday.

The ads are all paid for by the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), the Senate GOP’s campaign arm.

Republicans have a favorable Senate map for the November midterm elections, when they hope to hold on to — and expand — their 51-49 seat majority. But they're also defending three tough seats in Arizona, Nevada and Tennessee.

Both Pence and Trump have been stepping up their activity on the campaign trail. Politico reports that Pence will hold events in Florida on Thursday for Republican Gov. Rick Scott's Senate bid before campaigning with Sen. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerTrump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary Oregon Dem top recipient of 2018 marijuana industry money, study finds MORE (R) in Nevada the next day.

Trump has been traversing the country to attend campaign rallies for GOP Senate candidates, with upcoming events in Texas and Missouri. At Thursday night’s Montana rally, Trump took aim at Tester, saying the incumbent “loves the swamp.”

“Jon Tester will never drain the swamp because he happens to live in the swamp and he loves the swamp,” Trump said in Billings, Mont. "The problem is he’s never going to vote for me.”