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Impeachment Not Selling for Swing District Dems

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By    |   Monday, 02 September 2019 08:37 PM

Impeachment is winding up being a tough sell for vulnerable House Democrats in swing districts, which is giving House Speaker Nancy Pelosi leverage in her hesitation against it, The Hill reports.

Speaker Pelosi has warned her caucus impeachment proceedings are what President Donald Trump will campaign on in 2020, and just 13 of 55 Democrats in the House GOP campaign arm's 2020 target list are on board with impeachment, which includes just two of 31 House Democrats in districts carried by President Trump in 2016, according to the report.

Reps. Chris Pappas, D-N.H., and Lauren Underwood, D-Ill., are the latter, while Reps. Conor Lamb, D-Pa., Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., Andy Kim, D-N.J., Colin Allred, D-Texas, Mikie Sherrill D-N.J., are resisting calls to join the impeachment push, per The Hill.

In addition to resisting giving President Trump an anti-impeachment campaign momentum, Pelosi has reminded her caucus it needs 218 votes for it to even pass the House, much less some GOP support in the Republican-held Senate. Moving on impeachment, only to fail in the Senate, would be damaging in 2020 races as it was for Democrats after impeachment efforts against former President Bill Clinton, she argued.

"I know that you're angry and upset, I understand that, but I want to make sure we understand that oversight or impeachment are not going to wish away a lot of the problems that we face," Kim told a town hall this summer, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.

"I certainly get the message loud and clear how people in this room feel."

The high bar for impeachment is a tough sell, even for Democrats seeking to oust President Trump.

"I am not convinced now, nor have I been, that we have met the bar for impeachment," Lamb told an Aug. 20 town hall, according to NPR. 

"I think that's an extremely high bar, but I'm continuing to follow these investigations as much as I can."

Still, the campaign goes on for liberal activist groups like Indivisible, according to Co-executive Director Ezra Levin.

"In the past few weeks, we've seen more and more representatives publicly come out in favor of impeachment," Levin said. "This did not happen on its own. It happened because members of all our grassroots organizations came out and demanded action."

Among those backing impeachment, most are in left-leaning districts won by Hillary Clinton in 2016, according to The Hill: Reps. Tom Malinowski, D-N.J.; Katie Porter, D-Calif.; Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla., Sean Casten, D-Ill., Harley Rouda, D-Calif., Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz.;  Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., Jason Crow, D-Colo., Mike Levin, D-Calif., Jennifer Wexton, D-Va.; and Kim Schrier, D-Wash.

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