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Vice President Mike Pence is planning a national tour during which he will target vulnerable, pro-impeachment Democrats in Trump-supporting districts with a simple message: Democrats care more about impeaching President Donald Trump than they do about meeting the needs of their constituents.
Politico reported that the tour will begin Wednesday with a trip to Rep. Cindy Axne’s district in southwest Iowa, followed by trips to the districts of Reps. Angie Craig in Minnesota, Elissa Slotkin in Michigan, and Abigail Spanberger in Virginia.
As Democrats try to impeach the president for allegedly pressuring Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, Republicans are trying to spin the controversy to their advantage both as a tool to win swing voters and districts, and as a way to boost fundraising.
“While the ‘Do Nothing Democrats’ attempt to distract with their endless investigations, the vice president and this administration are laser focused on policies that put Americans first and make our country great,” Pence spokeswoman Katie Waldman said.
Republicans aren’t buying into the narrative demonstrated by some national polls showing that impeachment is gaining support nationally. Even if that is the case, they believe that the support isn’t there for impeachment in places that will matter in 2020. From Politico:
While national surveys show growing support for impeachment, Republicans contend it’s far lower in the Democratic-held swing districts they’re targeting. The National Republican Congressional Committee released a polling memo last week that argued that two-thirds of voters in those districts “agree that Democrats in Congress are too obsessed with impeaching the president and should be working on” other issues.
Roughly two dozen of the 31 House Democrats who hail from districts Trump won in 2016 have expressed support for the impeachment inquiry.
Politico reported that there are 226 House Democrats who support impeachment or the impeachment inquiry, nine who are undecided, and zero Republicans who support either.