$99 Michael by Michael Shannon Shannon Michael Womens Madeline Ankle Boot Shoes, Taupe, US 8 2a1b8c

$99 Michael by Michael Shannon Shannon Michael Womens Madeline Ankle Boot Shoes, Taupe, US 8 2a1b8c$99 Michael by Michael Shannon Shannon Michael Womens Madeline Ankle Boot Shoes, Taupe, US 8 2a1b8c$99 Michael by Michael Shannon Shannon Michael Womens Madeline Ankle Boot Shoes, Taupe, US 8 2a1b8c$99 Michael by Michael Shannon Shannon Michael Womens Madeline Ankle Boot Shoes, Taupe, US 8 2a1b8c$99 Michael by Michael Shannon Shannon Michael Womens Madeline Ankle Boot Shoes, Taupe, US 8 2a1b8c
10222018What's Hot:
Cape Robbin Evan Black Leather Chic Block Metal And Lucite Heel Ankle Bootie,New Women's High Wedge Heel Round Toe Faux Suede Slip On Pumps Casual Shoes,Women casual over knee thigh boots faux suede side zipper straps creeper heelsDonald J Pliner Pointed Toe Suede Leather Black Horseshoe buckle Boot SZ 7 1/2 M,Waterproof Flat Winter Boots Casual Women Slip On Round Toe Fashion Velvet ShoesBCBGirls Sal Stretch Boot Brown Mahogany FAUX Suede Sz 5.5M $189-NIB,Pink & Pepper New Keetra Black Womens Shoes Size 9 M Boots MSRP $69,Sam Edelman Women’s Boots Size 8 Pippen Booties Brown Suede New,Man/Woman Lucky Jacquii Women's Brindle/Java Boot 8M superior Let our goods go to the world Most practical,NEW Sofft Gable Ankle Boot Brown Ruched Leather, Double Zip Women Size 8.5 $129,Indigo Rd. Womens veraly Leather Closed Toe Ankle Fashion, Black, Size 10.0Bandolino Lamari Knee-High Fashion Boots 436, Black Leather, 9.5 US,New Dolce Vita BRODY Women's Dk Brown Suede Knee High Boots 9M MSRP $99 NIB,Calvin Klein Women's Boots Sz Us 9M/Eur 40 Riana Black Leather Stretch Knee High,NEW* Bearpaw Hickory Brown Neverwet Suede & Knit Sheepskin Short Boot,rrr ENZO ANGIOLINI CHAMBRY BROWN LEATHER FASHION BOOTS WOMENS 7 M,Womens Pointed Toe Mesh Hollow Out Block Clear Heel Sandals Mid-Calf Boots Shoes,Alegria Hannah 7 - 7.5 Floral Black Ruffle Ankle Booties HAN-509 SizeJan Jansen Bootie NIB 8 US Black Flat $318 Italy,Dansko Stormy Leather Boots Sz 40/9 Brown Fur Trim Wheat Suede Ankle BootiesBurberry Riddlestone Check Rubber Rain Ankle Boots Bootie US Women's 5RALPH LAUREN Sade Black Suede Booties Short Boots Shoes 8.5B $119,Blondo Waterproof Ankle Boots Woman's Size 6.5 EE,Masseys Addie Women's Boot Black Size 9.0Justin Womens Brown Leather Ankle Boots L0994 Boat Shoe Style sz 5.5 Med,New LIFESTRIDE Sasha Dark Brown Knee High Riding Boots Women's 11,Woolrich Pine Creek Black & White Suede Faux Fur Lined Boots Size 7NWT Express GRAY Faux Suede Covered Wedge Zip Up Ankle Boots Booties 7.5 8Pleaser Women's Delight-1019 Ankle Boot, Fuchsia Suede/Clear, Size 8.0,Chestnut Winter Comfortable Flat Ankle Boot Fur Inside/Gold Button Size 6,
INFO SHOOTER

Politics Analytics Chronicle

Via Spiga Black Leather Ankle Boot Slip On Shoe Made In Italy Womens Size 7.5 B,
Home Politico ‘Campaign gold’: McConnell delivers election gift to Manchin and red-state Dems

$99 Michael by Michael Shannon Shannon Michael Womens Madeline Ankle Boot Shoes, Taupe, US 8 2a1b8c

Posted 15 hours ago | 0 comments

Endangered Senate Democrats like West Virginia’s Joe Manchin are trying to turn the election toward bread-and-butter government programs popular with swing voters. | Tyler Evert/AP Photo

Elections

The majority leader’s comments on entitlements allow Democrats to change the conversation from Brett Kavanaugh.

By BURGESS EVERETT

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

MARTINSBURG, W.Va — Joe Manchin looked like a solid bet for reelection after he voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh. But Mitch McConnell might have sealed the deal.

Facing some of the toughest campaigns of their careers, the West Virginia Democrat and his moderate colleagues believe they’ve received an unexpected gift from the Senate GOP leader. In a triumphant post-Kavanaugh media tour last week, the Kentucky Republican waxed about his regret over the missed opportunity to repeal Obamacare and the need to reform entitlement programs to rein in the federal deficit.

Story Continued Below

Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare are vital to West Virginia. And in an interview on Saturday as he prepared for the annual Apple Harvest Parade, Manchin called McConnell’s comments “absolutely ridiculous” and said his Republican opponent, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, would vote to curtail benefits “in a heartbeat.” Manchin also dredged up Morrisey’s support during a 2000 congressional race in New Jersey for partially privatizing Social Security funds.

“He’ll be a yes man, 1,000 percent, whatever they ask him to do,” Manchin said of Morrisey and GOP leaders.

Campaigning just a few feet away from Manchin in this Eastern Panhandle town, Morrisey dinged Manchin for being open to liberal health care policies and called him “one of the most dishonest politicians you’re going to find.” Morrisey insisted he would do nothing to harm senior citizens’ benefits.

By signing up you agree to receive email newsletters or alerts from POLITICO. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Endangered Senate Democrats are trying to turn the election away from Kavanaugh and the “mob” that the president says their party incited, and toward bread-and-butter government programs that are popular with swing voters in conservative states. It’s a message that resonates in few places more loudly than West Virginia, whose residents rely on government programs at higher rates than most other states.

McConnell (R-Ky.) spent the week talking about how those programs, as opposed to the Republican tax cuts, are driving up the deficit.

“It’s a bipartisan problem: unwillingness to address the real drivers of the debt by doing anything to adjust those programs to the demographics of America in the future,” McConnell told Bloomberg.

Democrats who experienced dips in the polls following Kavanaugh’s confirmation, including Manchin, believe McConnell’s remarks put them on firmer ground. Asked whether he was campaigning on his vote for Kavanaugh, Manchin replied: “No. But I’m asked that question all the time.” But is he defending health and entitlement programs as a core part of his campaign message? “Absolutely.”

Manchin is far from alone. During a Friday night debate, Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) accused Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) of trying to “balance our budgets on the backs of senior citizens.” In Missouri, the first question asked of Republican Senate candidate Josh Hawley at a debate on Thursday was his stance on cutting Medicare and Social Security. And at a North Dakota debate the same day, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) badgered GOP Rep. Kevin Cramer about his willingness to reform those programs.

Sen. Joe Manchin, left, and Patrick Morrisey, right, campaign side by side in their race for the Senate in Martinsburg, W.Va. | Burgess Everett/POLITICO

After several days of Democrats’ raising alarms about the stakes of the election and badgering GOP candidates over their entitlement positions, McConnell sought to dispel the idea that he wants to cut Medicare and Social Security. At a Ripon Society event in Washington on Thursday, he explained that he was merely stating that those programs fuel the budget deficit.

“That’s not what I said,” McConnell said. “The drivers of the debt are popular entitlement programs — Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. What I said was the only way that can ever be addressed is on a bipartisan basis.”

Asked about McConnell’s explanation, Manchin looked at a reporter incredulously: “Oh, come on now.”

Morrisey said that Manchin’s stated openness to more expansive health care programs, including “Medicare for all,” would be far more damaging than anything he would support. Morrisey said “there’s no way we’re going to be harming seniors on Medicare.”

“The reality is that they have huge vulnerabilities on their own. Joe Manchin said that he was open to single payer, the Bernie Sanders idea… the opportunity to fundamentally change Medicare. That’s Joe Manchin. Those words didn’t come out of my mouth,” Morrisey said.

But in Democrats’ view, the damage has been done. They note that McConnell also declined last week week to rule out another attempt to repeal Obamacare. Eager to change the conversation away from Kavanaugh’s confirmation and the corresponding boost that Republicans experienced, Democratic candidates and leaders spent the week on the attack after playing defense for nearly a month.

Still, not every Republican shied away from McConnell’s remarks. The blunt-spoken Cramer said the GOP leader was merely stating the obvious.

“I am not afraid to confess out loud that if we don’t deal with Medicare and Social Security it won’t be there for our seniors and it certainly won’t be there for future generations,” Cramer said after Heitkamp asked him about his stance during their debate. “And under your plan of doing nothing, guess what happens when it goes insolvent?”

Of course, if Democrats win the House there will be no chance of repealing Obamacare or cutting entitlement programs. Also, Republicans made no move to curtail Medicare or Social Security with congressional majorities and Donald Trump — who’s been wary of touching entitlements himself — in the White House.

But Democrats see a chance to return to an argument they think they can win in red states. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Friday that “what McConnell did in the last three days is a game changer for us.”

He was “eager to tell the world about his good run, so he did a media tour and ended up handing Democrats campaign gold at a time when they really needed it,” said Adam Jentleson, who used to work for former Democratic Senate leader Harry Reid.

Republicans say comments from McConnell don’t resonate the way Trump’s words do.

“What [McConnell’s] said is identical to what he’s said for the last 10 years. I honestly think the reason Democrats are seizing on it is they’re in a tight spot,” said Josh Holmes, a former chief of staff and campaign manager for McConnell. “The honest to God truth is: If President Trump doesn’t say it, it doesn’t exist.”

The president has denied being aware of any plans to reform those entitlement program.

“We will protect Medicare and Social Security and Democrats will destroy your Social Security. And they will destroy your Medicare,” Trump said in Montana on Thursday night.

Indeed, Wisconsin GOP Senate candidate Leah Vukmir turned to Trump’s defense of those programs when pressed on McConnell’s rhetoric. At a Friday evening debate, she said she was “standing with the president on that.”

But Manchin and other Democrats say that tack won’t work. They say McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) have done little to mask their desire to rein in spending on retirement programs after cutting taxes and trying to repeal Obamacare. And they hope strong Democratic opposition to those plans will make the difference in tight races during the last two weeks of the campaign.

“Voters have seen exactly what they’ll get from a GOP Congress,” said Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokeswoman Lauren Passalacqua, “and believe now more than ever before that the programs they’ve earned are at risk.”

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter
This article tagged under:

Missing out on the latest scoops? Sign up for POLITICO Playbook and get the latest news, every morning — in your inbox.

Source: Politics, Policy, Political News Top Stories

comments powered by HyperComments
© 2018 INFO SHOOTER. All rights reserved. RSS posts · RSS comments · download music without registration
Powered by WordPress