Next stop for Biden's agenda: The campaign trail

Bridget Bowman, CQ-Roll Call on

Published in Political News

Democrats are planning to quickly engage to tout two packages and attack Republicans who voted against them. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is working with state parties to focus local media attention on two senators in battleground states who opposed the infrastructure package: Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson and Florida’s Marco Rubio.

The infrastructure package could prove particularly difficult for Republicans to attack, given 17 Republicans in the Senate and 13 in the House voted for it, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel dodged a question about the infrastructure package during a breakfast with reporters last week hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. She focused instead on the social spending package, dubbing it “Build Back Broke.”

McDaniel criticized the bill for including “a huge tax cut for the wealthiest Americans,” referring to a provision in the House-passed measure that raises the cap for state and local tax deductions. That provision faces an uncertain future in the Senate.

“Their poll numbers aren’t good right now, right?” McDaniel said of Democrats, later adding, “This is of their own making.”


Republicans have already started to attack vulnerable Democrats over the spending package. American Action Network, the nonprofit arm of the GOP super PAC Congressional Leadership Fund, has spent $14 million attacking the bill, launching television and digital ads aimed at vulnerable House incumbents.

To counter GOP attacks, Democrats have to “flood the zone,” said McKenna, noting that Democrats are making their case on the airwaves, in local news interviews and with events on the ground.

“You’re going to see all hands on deck communicating about promises made and promises kept,” she said.

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