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Schumer: GOP plan to make Warren the face of Dems ‘not going to work’

Greg Nash

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is dismissing the GOP’s efforts to make Sen. Elizabeth Warren (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.

{mosads}“Elizabeth Warren is the face of the Democratic Party,” said NRSC Chairman Cory Gardner, 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 Heitkamp (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.
 
But Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas), a former chairman of the NRSC, said he thinks Warren could be a liability.
 
“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.
Tags Charles Schumer Cory Gardner Elizabeth Warren Heidi Heitkamp John Cornyn
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