GOP Senate campaign arm hits top 2020 Dems in new ads ahead of debate

GOP Senate campaign arm hits top 2020 Dems in new ads ahead of debate
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The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) on Monday and Tuesday released new attack ads against former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenMomentum growing among Republicans for Supreme Court vote before Election Day Trump expects to nominate woman to replace Ginsburg next week Video of Lindsey Graham arguing against nominating a Supreme Court justice in an election year goes viral MORE and Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersNYT editorial board remembers Ginsburg: She 'will forever have two legacies' Two GOP governors urge Republicans to hold off on Supreme Court nominee Sanders knocks McConnell: He's going against Ginsburg's 'dying wishes' MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden's fiscal program: What is the likely market impact? Warren, Schumer introduce plan for next president to cancel ,000 in student debt The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Don't expect a government check anytime soon MORE (D-Mass.) as the three White House contenders cement their status in the Democratic primary field’s top tier.

The ads, released on Facebook, come ahead of the third Democratic presidential primary debate in Houston, which will feature 10 candidates vying for the opportunity to take on President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS reimposes UN sanctions on Iran amid increasing tensions Jeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Trump supporters chant 'Fill that seat' at North Carolina rally MORE next year.

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The ads against Warren ask Facebook users who they would vote for between Trump and the Massachusetts Democrat, showing a fluctuating bar graph between the two.

The ads against Sanders say the self-avowed Democratic Socialist would work to “undo all the great work President Trump has done if he becomes president” and “turn America into a socialist country.” 

Going after Biden, the NRSC also asks voters who they would pick between Trump and the former vice president and says a “vote for Joe Biden is a vote for four years of Obama’s leftist policies.”

Biden has sought to tie himself to former President Obama during his campaign, hoping Obama's lingering popularity among the Democratic base will help propel the former vice president to the party’s 2020 nomination. But Obama served as a chief boogeyman for the GOP during his eight years in office. 

The ads against the three Democrats come as polling shows them extending their leads over the rest of the pack, with Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHarris honors Ginsburg, visits Supreme Court The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump and Biden vie for Minnesota | Early voting begins in four states | Blue state GOP governors back Susan Collins Kamala Harris: Black Americans have been 'disproportionately harmed' by Trump MORE (D-Calif.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBipartisan praise pours in after Ginsburg's death Bogeymen of the far left deserve a place in any Biden administration Overnight Defense: Woodward book causes new firestorm | Book says Trump lashed out at generals, told Woodward about secret weapons system | US withdrawing thousands of troops from Iraq MORE, the nearest two contenders, stagnating behind them. 

Biden has maintained a narrowing lead among the top three candidates as Sanders has remained largely steady and Warren, buoyed by her litany of detailed policy platforms, has surged in national and statewide surveys.

Several reports have said that Trump and his campaign view Biden as their toughest potential opponent, fearing the centrist former vice president could chip into Trump’s appeal to blue-collar workers in key Rust Belt states that helped hand him the White House in 2016.