Stacy French - August 28th, 2018
Club for Growth stands by @realDonaldTrump‘s 0% – 0% free trade goal. Proposed Mexico #NAFTA 2.0 deal sadly raises barriers (rules of origin, wage requirements, etc). Good pro-growth trade deals LOWER barriers, not raise them.#FreeTrade
— Club for Growth (@club4growth) August 28, 2018
Rachael Slobodien - August 27th, 2018
Washington, DC – Today, CFG Action Montana launched a new ad as part of its additional $400,000 television buy in Montana. To date, CFG Action Montana has spent $1 million on a TV campaign highlighting Sen. Tester’s dishonest and liberal Washington record. The ad will run on broadcast, cable, and satellite TV.
Entitled “Twins,” the ad continues to highlight the many ways Sen. Tester has “gone Washington” over his 12 years in D.C. Sen. Tester repeated the same lies uttered by President Obama on Obamacare: “Well, let me be clear, if you like your plan, you get to keep it.” As a result of Sen. Tester’s support for Obamacare, 26,000 people in Montana lost their health care plans.
This ad is the third in a series of ads that use video clips of Tester to use his own words against him. Watch the ad here:
“Sen. Tester says one thing in Montana, and does something entirely different in Washington D.C.,” said CFG Action Montana President David McIntosh. “Over his 12 years in Washington, Sen. Tester has betrayed the people of Montana countless times, including nine votes against repealing Obamacare. Montana deserves better than two-faced Jon Tester.” (more…)
ICYMI: David McIntosh Op-Ed in The Hill: “If Republicans Want to Win, They’ll Have to Stop Governing Like Democrats”
Rachael Slobodien - August 23rd, 2018
This week, Club for Growth President David McIntosh penned the following op-ed explaining that Republicans must stop governing like Democrats if the GOP wants to retain its majority this November.
An excerpt of McIntosh’s piece is included below. You may also read it in its entirety here.
If Republicans Want to Win, They’ll Have to Stop Governing Like Democrats
“The liberal media keeps beating the drums that President Trump could cost Republicans their majorities in Congress.
“Not so fast. The Club for Growth PAC’s experience in running dozens of races in Republican primaries this year reveals the real problem. Republicans are in trouble because their own base is rejecting moderates who failed to uphold their promises to help President Trump roll back big government.
“We heard the same predictions in 2016 — Republicans would lose the Senate because Trump was at the top of the ticket. Instead, they kept control of the Senate and won 13 out of 18 toss-up House districts. These include the open seat in New York’s 19th Congressional District where Republican John Faso handily beat Zephyr Teachout by nine points. …
“How did they do it?
“They ran on a fiscally conservative platform that wooed many former Obama voters who were sick and tired of the waste, excess, and regulation of Obama’s reign. …
“But with the 2018 midterms less than three months away, the pundits predict that ‘Republicans will lose 40 to 50 House seats.’ Almost all of these seats are represented by moderates who have dragged their feet on implementing President Trump’s mandates. Their average on the Club for Growth Scorecard on economic issues is a mere 64 percent — basically a D+ at best.
“Over the past two years, so-called moderate congressional Republicans abandoned their conservative campaign promises and sided with Democrats. From repealing ObamaCare, to passing a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill that ensures perennial $1 trillion deficits, these Republicans forced the Republican-controlled Congress to break many of its core campaign promises.
“John Faso, for example, ran as a frugal fiscal conservative in his open-seat race, promising to ‘fight to lower taxes to help create jobs.’ …
“After being sworn into Congress, however, John Faso the congressman didn’t look anything like John Faso the candidate. Instead of cutting taxes and simplifying the tax code, Faso voted against President Trump’s signature tax cuts (RC #699, 2017). Instead of living up to his self-proclaimed frugality, Rep. Faso couldn’t muster the frugality to support a mere one percent spending cut (RC #251, 2018). …
“New York’s 19th district is a lean-Republican seat (R+2 on the Cook Partisan Voting Index) that handed Trump a six-point victory, but Faso is voting like a Democrat on fiscal issues. In 2017, Rep. Faso earned a meager 24 percent on the Club for Growth’s scorecard — the worst Republican score in the House of Representatives.
“Republicans like Rep. Faso have a problem on their hands: The GOP is treating voters as if they’re stupid — but they are not. Voters are smart. They know what candidate Faso promised: to change Washington. And they know what he did: jump on the DC swamp bandwagon.
“Similarly, take a look at the special election in Ohio’s 12th congressional district, where moderate Republican Troy Balderson who supported funding Medicaid expansion barely eked out a victory over Democrat Danny O’Connor. …
“But this special general election race never should have been this close. The 12th district has an R+7 Cook Partisan Voting Index rating and was easily held by Republicans for 30-plus years.
“Republican and independent voters are sending a message — they are rejecting establishment orthodoxy — that it is not OK to run as a conservative and govern as a moderate.
“Time and again, Republicans have failed to learn this important lesson. If Republicans want to hang onto their House majority, the single most important thing they can do is start acting like conservatives.
“It’s time for Republicans to learn this lesson before it’s too late.”
Rachael Slobodien - August 20th, 2018
Today, Club for Growth launched a new digital ad urging Sen. Claire McCaskill’s to support Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court.
Upon release of the ad, Club for Growth President David McIntosh stated, “Judge Kavanaugh would be a tremendous advocate for the Constitution and limited government. As Claire McCaskill meets with Judge Kavanaugh tomorrow, we encourage her constituents to call her offices and urge her to support his nomination to the Supreme Court.”
The ad can be viewed online here, and a transcript is included below.
CFG Action Missouri: Poll Shows Josh Hawley Dominating Missouri Senate Race by Seven Points; McCaskill Faces Uphill Battle and Losing Ground
Rachael Slobodien - August 17th, 2018
Today, CFG Action Missouri released poll results that show Republican Senate candidate Josh Hawley is consolidating support among Republicans and undecided voters.
Highlights from the poll can be found here. Specifically, the polling revealed:
- Name ID and Image:
o Josh Hawley’s favorables have increased by five points from our mid-July poll. Claire McCaskill’s image remains essentially unchanged and is net-negative.
o Hawley’s ballot support has increased to 48%, increasing from the July poll giving him a seven-point lead on the ballot.
o The CFG Action Missouri “Cry” ad has had a significant effect on the race. Introducing a new issue into the race has shifted previously undecided voters to Hawley, while holding Claire McCaskill to her core base of voters.
o Hawley’s gains on the ballot have come as he has consolidated the support of Republicans and Republican-leaning groups like Conservatives, Independents, Republicans, and Trump Voters.
o Both leading indicators for election outcome look good for Hawley as he holds six point leads among voters who have heard of both candidates or have opinions of both.
Upon release of the polls, CFG Action Missouri President David McIntosh and CFG Action Missouri strategist Jeff Roe offered the following statements:
“This latest polling demonstrates just how vulnerable a candidate Claire McCaskill is,” said CFG Action Missouri President David McIntosh. “The fact of the matter is when voters learn the truth about McCaskill and her willingness to overlook her husband’s history of abuse, they want nothing to do with her. She’s a hypocrite who is out of touch with the people of Missouri,” concluded McIntosh.
“What this polling shows is the tremendous strength of Josh Hawley’s candidacy and his ability to consolidate Republicans, all while Claire McCaskill is losing ground in the middle,” stated CFG Action Missouri strategist Jeff Roe. “Outside groups like CFG Action Missouri are successfully defining the thirty-year reign of Claire McCaskill and driving undecided voters away from her. We’re lucky voters aren’t listening to what the leftist editorial boards write, and instead they are making up their own minds when it comes to who is best suited to represent Missouri,” Roe concluded.
To date CFG Action Missouri has spent over $2 million on TV and digital ads exposing Claire McCaskill’s record of putting her own interests above those of Missouri voters.
The survey was conducted for CFG Action Missouri by WPA Intelligence. WPAi conducted 501 live telephone interviews (38% cell phone) on August 12-14, 2018. The margin of error is ±4.4%.