Contested Senate Republicans are campaigning for election concerns like healthcare, police, and fundraisers as they battle to keep seats.
The embattled Senate Republicans used the limelight in this week’s verification hearing for President Donald Trump’s third candidate for the United States Supreme Court to announce electoral issues like health care, police, and even fundraisers while battling to keep their seats.
Republican control of the Senate – where the party holds a 53-47 majority – is in jeopardy in the November 3rd election. 10 reigning Republicans in races rated competitive, compared to just two Democrats.
Lindsey Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, was discussing his opponent’s record-breaking fundraising and health care expenses in South Carolina in a close battle for his fourth term in the Senate when he opened the interview with Judge Amy Coney Barrett.
Senator Thom Tillis, who is lagging behind in his race according to polls among voters in North Carolina, responded to what he described as “rampant” police violence and his own positive COVID-19 test when he interviewed Barrett.
Senator Joni Ernst, also lagging behind in the polls, raised legal cases important to her home state of Iowa during her allotted half-hour.
Graham ironically alluded to the $ 57 million his Democratic opponent Jaime Harrison raised in the third quarter, breaking the quarterly fundraising record for any Senate candidate.
“I can tell you that there is a lot of money raised in this campaign. I’d like to know where the hell some of this came from, but that’s not your problem, ”said Graham.
Democrat Jaime Harrison is running in South Carolina against Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Lindsey Graham [Meg Kinnard/AP Photo]
Graham is a close ally of Trump, who won South Carolina by 14 percentage points in 2016. However, recent polls have shown that Graham’s re-election race against Harrison, former Democratic Party leader, is neck to neck.
Harrison replied on Twitter, suggesting that Graham, as committee chairman, give “Save it for Hannity” a hint about his appearances on a popular Fox News show.
Graham also criticized the Affordable Care Act, which Democrats fear Barrett would try to overthrow it. Graham said the Health Bill, the signed domestic achievement of former Democratic President Barack Obama, had under-funded his state compared to California and New York.
“They all want to impose Obamacare in South Carolina. We don’t want it … we want South Carolina, not Obamacare, ”said Graham.
South Carolina is getting less money because it’s smaller and because its Republican-led government has turned down expanded Medicaid funding.
Tillis noted that his doctor had cleared him up to attend the hearing in person. He had tested positive for COVID-19 after attending a ceremony at the White House when Trump announced Barrett’s nomination, a gathering that was later linked to dozens of coronavirus cases, including Trump’s own.
Republican Senator Thom Tillis, facing a close race in North Carolina, brought up what he called “rampant” police violence [Tom Williams/Pool via AP Photo]Tillis beat up Democrats when he turned to Barrett, accusing them of inappropriately responding to what he called “rampant law enforcement violence”.
A Reuters / Ipsos poll on Tuesday found that Tillis is 46 to 42 percent behind his Democratic challenger, former Senator Cal Cunningham.
Ernst spent much of her time discussing cases involving her state, including an environmental case against oil refineries that was appealed to the Supreme Court.
“When Congress passes laws that violate the constitution, it can be felt across the state of Iowa,” Ernst said.
Neither Tillis nor Ernst used all 30 minutes.