Liberal group targets 2020 Democrats in Iowa over judicial nominees

A key liberal group opposed to President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump pushes back on recent polling data, says internal numbers are 'strongest we've had so far' Illinois state lawmaker apologizes for photos depicting mock assassination of Trump Scaramucci assembling team of former Cabinet members to speak out against Trump MORE’s judicial nominees is targeting Senate Democrats with presidential ambitions in Iowa, urging them not to support a year-end package of judicial nominees that Republicans hope to advance.

Demand Justice has taken out an ad in Thursday’s edition of The Des Moines Register urging eight senators with 2020 White House hopes to “protect ObamaCare” and make “no more deals with Trump judges.”

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The ad was placed before a Democratic aide announced Wednesday that Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerLewandowski on potential NH Senate run: If I run, 'I'm going to win' Appropriators warn White House against clawing back foreign aid Colorado candidates vying to take on Gardner warn Hickenlooper they won't back down MORE (N.Y.) will not agree to a customary end-of-year package of judicial nominees, which the group called a "huge breakthrough."

The ad prominently highlights Texas federal judge Reed O’Connor’s decision last week to strike down the Affordable Care Act, including protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions.

The print ad also features portraits of Sens. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharEight Democratic presidential hopefuls to appear in CNN climate town hall Biden, Buttigieg bypassing Democratic delegate meeting: report Poll: Nearly 4 in 5 say they will consider candidates' stances on cybersecurity MORE (D-Minn.), Bernie SandersBernie SandersTop Sanders adviser: Warren isn't competing for 'same pool of voters' Eight Democratic presidential hopefuls to appear in CNN climate town hall Top aide Jeff Weaver lays out Sanders's path to victory MORE (I-Vt.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerEight Democratic presidential hopefuls to appear in CNN climate town hall Biden, Buttigieg bypassing Democratic delegate meeting: report F-bombs away: Why lawmakers are cursing now more than ever MORE (D-N.J.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTop Sanders adviser: Warren isn't competing for 'same pool of voters' Eight Democratic presidential hopefuls to appear in CNN climate town hall In shift, top CEOs say shareholder value not top goal MORE (D-Mass.), Jeff MerkleyJeffrey (Jeff) Alan MerkleySenate Democrats push Trump to permanently shutter migrant detention facility Senate Dem seeks answers from DHS on reports of pregnant asylum seekers sent back to Mexico Schumer backs Pelosi as impeachment roils caucus MORE (D-Ore.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump on defense over economic jitters F-bombs away: Why lawmakers are cursing now more than ever White House offers reassurances amid recession fears as 2020 candidates sound alarm MORE (D-N.Y.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisEight Democratic presidential hopefuls to appear in CNN climate town hall Biden, Buttigieg bypassing Democratic delegate meeting: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump on defense over economic jitters MORE (D-Calif.) and Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownThe Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape Dayton Democrat launches challenge to longtime GOP rep Dayton mayor: Trump visit after shooting was 'difficult on the community' MORE (D-Ohio).

The ad says “any one of these Democrats could be a progressive hero by blocking the Senate from cutting any more deals on Trump’s judges.”

Thirty-one of Trump’s judicial nominees are currently pending on the Senate floor.

McConnell told reporters Tuesday that he was hoping to negotiate a deal.

“As is customary at the end of a session or before recess, the Democratic leader and I will be talking about nominations. We have a lot of them stacked up and we’ll be talking about putting trying to put together some kind of package on both executive branch nominations and judicial nominations,” McConnell told reporters.

Brian Fallon, the executive director of Demand Justice, said Senate Democrats should not expedite the passage of any of Trump’s court picks in the wake of the Texas ruling against ObamaCare.

“Especially in light of the Texas judge’s ruling last week ruling ObamaCare unconstitutional, it would be insane to continue to give a free pass to lower-court judges that are ideologically extreme,” he said.

Fallon noted that O’Connor, the Texas judge, was a former President George W. Bush appointee.

“The average Trump judge is even more conservative than the judges that George W. Bush nominated,” he said. “The sort of politicize ruling that we saw last week is going to be more the norm with these Trump judges."