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 Schumer2020 Republicans accuse Schumer of snubbing legislation Schumer: Leadership trying to work out competing surprise medical bill measures Top GOP senator: Drug pricing action unlikely before end of year MORE (D-N.Y.) is dismissing the GOP's efforts to make Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann Warren2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Sanders doubles down on Bolivia 'coup,' few follow suit Overnight Health Care: GOP senator says drug price action unlikely this year | House panel weighs ban on flavored e-cigs | New York sues Juul 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 GardnerFeehery: Pivoting to infrastructure could help heal post-impeachment wounds Tariffs threaten 1.5M jobs: Study This week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry 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 HeitkampThe Hill's Morning Report — Biden steadies in third debate as top tier remains the same Trump wins 60 percent approval in rural areas of key states Pence to push new NAFTA deal in visit to Iowa 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.