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Republicans Gaining Steam as Tax Plan Popularity Grows

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By    |   Thursday, 15 February 2018 07:44 AM

Democrats fear their chances of claiming House and Senate majorities in the midterm elections are slipping with the growing popularity of the Republican tax plan, CNN is reporting.

Now, Democratic leaders are calling for party candidates to focus their campaigns on the economy and forget about the day-to-day White House controversies, the news network said.

"We need to have more conversations across the country about economic issues that are facing the people," said New Mexico Rep. Ben Ray Luján, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. 

"And the more we do that, the stronger we will be."

Meanwhile, Republicans have aggressively sold the tax plan by focusing on the $1,000 bonuses some businesses have given employees, while House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called it "the crumbs that they are giving to worker to kind of put the schmooze on."

Conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch are spending $20 million in advertising to sell the plan's benefits. And Americans for Prosperity is spending $4 million on campaigns blasting Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Claire McCaskill of Missouri for voting against the tax plan.

The Democratic coalition group, Not One Penny, is planning to spend $5 million to counter the GOP efforts.

And Democratic super PAC, Priorities USA, has issued a memo saying the tax plan debate "has been relatively one-side recently and voters have not heard nearly as much from Democrats."

The group urged Democrats not be distracted by "Trump's latest tweets."

It added: "Democrats continue to have winning messages on healthcare and the economy, but right now voters are not hearing them. That must change"

A Politico/Morning Consult poll on Wednesday showed 39 percent of voters would now back the Republican candidate for Congress in their district compared to 38 percent who would support the Democratic candidate.

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