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Ratify or reject? Midterm elections offer referendum on Trump presidency

04 November 2018
Ratify or reject? Midterm elections offer referendum on Trump presidency

US President Donald Trump arrives for a campaign rally at Southport High School in Indianapolis.

President Trump has tried to shore up his party's Achilles heel, tweeting that Republicans would do a better job at protecting Americans with preexisting conditions. Republicans' intermittent focus on favorable economic news, such as the Friday report showing strong job growth, has been overwhelmed by Mr. Trump's message of racially incendiary nationalism.

Last December, Trump signed into law the largest tax overhaul since the 1980s, which slashed the corporate rate to 21 percent from 35 percent and temporarily reduced the tax burden for most individuals as well.

"In terms of oversight, we'll be looking at what they're doing administratively to undermine the operations of the Affordable Care Act and what consequences they may have caused to literally millions of people", Hoyer said in a meeting with reporters in September. Trump visits Fort Wayne, Indiana, Monday to rally for Braun.

Bob Menendez, 64, a Democrat from New Jersey who has served in the Senate since 2006, could also be in trouble after facing corruption charges. Elizabeth Warren of MA, both considered possible 2020 contenders.

The midterms, to be held on November 6, are elections to the United States Congress - the Senate and the House of Representatives - that occur in the middle of the four-year term of a President.

The video, which both Democrats and Republicans have denounced as a racist campaign tactic, has taken a central role in Trump's closing midterm electionargument.

Trump has blamed Tester for derailing the nomination of White House doctor Ronny Jackson to head the Veterans Affairs Department.

Braun has sought to question Donnelly's independence and describes him as a career politician.

In response, Donnelly said he looked forward to welcoming Trump again next year "after I'm re-elected on Tuesday".

Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody responded to Trump by saying "the ads highlighting how Lucy Brenton is the true conservative in the Indiana Senate race are paid for by the Indiana Democratic Party".

The appearance was meant to boost the campaign of Matt Rosendale, the Republican state auditor challenging Democratic U.S. Senator Jon Tester. Bracamontes, a twice-deported immigrant from Mexico, was sentenced to death in California for the 2014 killings. It includes scenes of a migrant caravan moving toward the USA, asks, "Who else would Democrats let in?" and suggests that more violence would soon penetrate the border.

Recent polling points to 40 or more too-close-to-call House races across the country, tempering earlier expectations of a huge blue wave of Democratic wins. The outcome of the 2018 midterms will determine if the Republican Party can maintain control of both chambers of Congress. Dean Heller is trying to fend off Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen and Republican Adam Laxalt is battling Democrat Steve Sisolak for governor. Joe Manchin. Trump told the crowd cheering him from inside a hangar that "Joe will never be with us".

"We're going to keep these people out of our country".

Scrapping for every vote in intensely competitive races, candidates are shading, twisting and recasting their own records and those of their opponents, aligning with causes popular in their district or state and distancing themselves from stances that aren't. On major issues, Manchin did join Democrats in voting against tax cuts that Trump signed into law previous year, but he broke with his Democratic colleagues and voted for both of Trump's Supreme Court nominees: Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.

Donald Trump's stunning 2016 White House win got a major boost from sagging Democratic enthusiasm in Pennsylvania, but now the party is poised for big wins on Tuesday in congressional races in the state that could signal which party controls the U.S. House of Representatives.