Conservative group plans ad launch after court announcement to pressure red-state Dems

Conservative group plans ad launch after court announcement to pressure red-state Dems
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The conservative Judicial Crisis Network will launch an ad campaign after President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes MORE announces his Supreme Court nominee late Monday to pressure Democratic senators in red states to back the president's selection.

The group will release $1.4 million in digital and cable ads targeting lawmakers in Alabama, Indiana, North Dakota and West Virginia, Jonathan Easley and Alexis Simendinger reported in The Hill's Morning Report.

Democratic Sens. Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon Donnelly70 former senators propose bipartisan caucus for incumbents Ginsburg health scare raises prospect of election year Supreme Court battle Watchdog accuses pro-Kavanaugh group of sending illegal robotexts in 2018 MORE (Ind.), Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn Heitkamp70 former senators propose bipartisan caucus for incumbents Susan Collins set to play pivotal role in impeachment drama Pro-trade group launches media buy as Trump and Democrats near deal on new NAFTA MORE (N.D.) and Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinThe Hill's Morning Report - Sanders takes incoming during intense SC debate Republicans root for Sanders nomination in battle for House Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Lawmakers raise alarms over Trump coronavirus response | Top official warns virus appears inevitable in US | Democrats block two Senate abortion bills MORE (W.Va.) are among those being targeted, as is Sen. Doug Jones (Ala.), they noted. Unlike the others, Jones is not up for reelection this year.

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The Judicial Crisis Network is running the ads for one week and has reserved another four weeks of air time nationally and in the four states.

The ads will focus on the biography of Trump's Supreme Court pick.

Another crop of ads funded by the Judicial Crisis Network, which cost $1 million and started running over a week ago, frame Democrats who oppose Trump’s nominee as obstructionist.

"President Trump has proven that he wants the best of the best on the Supreme Court,” that ad’s narrator says. “He appointed Justice Neil Gorsuch, a fair and independent justice, committed to the Constitution.”

“Extremists will lie and attack the nominee, but don't be fooled,” the narrator continues. “President Trump's list includes the best of the best. And with your help, America will get another star on the Supreme Court.”

Democratic votes for Trump's Supreme Court pick may be important for confirmation, as Republicans hold a slim 51-49 Senate majority.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Push for national popular vote movement gets boost from conservatives To avoid November catastrophe, Democrats have to KO Sanders MORE (R-Ky.) in 2016 blocked a vote on former President Obama’s Supreme Court pick, Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandMitch McConnell may win the impeachment and lose the Senate The Trumpification of the federal courts Juan Williams: GOP are hypocrites on impeachment MORE, and many on the left are calling on a similar response from Democrats.

Americans for Prosperity, an advocacy group founded by GOP mega-donors Charles and David Koch, is also prepared to spend more than $1 million to support Trump's nominee, Politico reported. 

--This report was updated at 1:54 p.m.