Less than 100 days until the midterm elections, Senate Democrats feel confident in their position because the GOP is sending “flawed and deeply damaged candidates” to the ballot.
In a campaign memo published on Sunday (July 31) by POLITICO, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) noted that “Democrats are running strong, battle-tested incumbents and challengers.” The memo contrasts this with the GOP’s candidates, who, they say, “bring disqualifying personal and political baggage to the general election.”
DSCC Executive Director Christie Roberts writes in the memo that “Democrats have put the GOP firmly on the defensive in Senate races,” adding that on a candidate vs. candidate basis, Democrats’ campaigns have “become a major liability for Republicans.”
Equipping Democrats with ammunition against their Republican counterparts, the memo sends links to stories about “flawed” candidates, including those about former NFL star Herschel Walker and Dr. Mehmet Oz.
In Georgia, where Walker is running for a seat in the Senate, Herschel has received criticism for embellishing his business successes and fathering three children he had not publicly disclosed.
In Pennsylvania, Oz has faced criticism for his anti-abortion stance and other controversies, causing the one-time TV doctor to trail his Democratic counterpart, John Fetterman.
J.D. Vance, who is running for a Senate seat in Ohio, was also featured in the memo. Vance received criticism for comparing abortion to slavery, in an interview he gave last October.
Abortion rights are becoming a strong feature for Democratic candidates who believe the topic will help convince more voters to cast ballots in their favor.