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McGrath now says she would’ve opposed Kavanaugh after left-wing backlash

Amy McGrath now says she would not have voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court after all — just hours after she indicated that she “probably” would have, causing a fierce backlash from progressive activists supporting her bid to unseat Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The dramatic public stumble blunted McGrath’s momentum on the same day she announced her campaign had raised $2.5 million in its first 24 hours. It also fueled criticisms from both Republicans and Democrats that the Marine combat aviator may not be a winner in congressional politics, following her claim on Tuesday that President Trump’s election was similar to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and her defeat in a House race last year.

“You know, I think that with Judge Kavanaugh, yeah, I probably would have voted for him,” McGrath told The Louisville Courier-Journal on Wednesday. She also said that it was a “good question” to ask.

“I didn’t listen to all of the hearings. I don’t think there was anything, and I’m not a lawyer or a senator on the Judiciary Committee, so I don’t know the criteria,” McGrath offered. “But I was very concerned about Judge Kavanaugh, what I felt like were the far-right stances that he had. However, there was nothing in his record that I think would disqualify him in any way. And the fact is when you have the president and the Senate, this is our system and so I don’t think there was anything that would have disqualified him in my mind.”

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In this 2018 photo, Amy McGrath speaks to supporters in Richmond, Ky.  (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston, File)

Although McGrath called Christine Blasey Ford’s accusations of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh in high school “credible,” she reiterated that she did not view them as “disqualifying.”

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“Well, I mean I think again, I think it’s credible but given the amount of time that lapsed in between and from a judicial standpoint, I don’t think it would really disqualify him,” McGrath said.

Just four hours after her remarks were published, McGrath tweeted a mea culpa that immediately drew scorn from both Democrats and Republicans.

“I was asked earlier today about Judge Brett Kavanaugh and I answered based upon his qualifications to be on the Supreme Court. But upon further reflection and further understanding of his record, I would have voted no,” McGrath wrote.

She continued: “I know I disappointed many today with my initial answer on how I would have voted on Brett Kavanaugh. I will make mistakes and always own up to them. The priority is defeating Mitch McConnell.”

Reaction on social media was unsparing.

“This, my friends, is what we call an unforced error,” journalist Yashar Ali observed.

“Take your third position on this later, the night is young,” said Jake Wilkins, the communications director for North Dakota Sen. Kevin Cramer.

Read the headline of an article on the left-wing blog Jezebel: “Unfortunately, the Woman Trying to Unseat Mitch McConnell Also Kind of Sucks.”

McGrath narrowly lost a House race to an incumbent Republican in Kentucky last year. During that race, McGrath slammed Kavanaugh and suggested she would not support his confirmation — leading some prominent commentators on social media to charge that McGrath had pulled off something of a double flip-flop.

“I echo so many of the concerns that others have articulated over the nomination of Judge (Brett) Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court,” McGrath wrote July 2018 on Facebook. “He has shown himself to be against women’s reproductive rights, workers’ rights, consumer protections and will be among the most partisan people ever considered for the court.”

In a tweet on Wednesday, McGrath added: “I echo the concerns over the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh. He’s been against women’s reproductive rights, workers’ rights, consumer protections, and is a hard-core partisan. But we are reminded, again, that elections have consequences, and this will be with us for a generation.”

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in D.C. back in January. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

And after Ford’s accusation against Kavanaugh came to light, McGrath said she found her to be “compelling.”

That really stands out for me, not to mention the vast disparity in their temperaments and demeanors while testifying,” McGrath wrote in a September 2018 Facebook post. “Dr. Ford’s testimony was quite compelling.”

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McGrath acknowledged Tuesday she will be trying to defeat one of the most entrenched officials in Washington in McConnell. But she said she sees him as vulnerable because of his lengthy tenure in Washington and his stance on health care.

Her decision to enter the race represented a rare victory for Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, who has had difficulty persuading top-tier candidates in other states to take on incumbent Republicans with control of the Senate at stake.

The contest will also test the power of incumbency against a call for generational change, and hint at Trump’s popularity is transferable.

McGrath will almost certainly be able to raise enough money to mount a serious challenge to McConnell, 77, but she is still a decided underdog in a state that has not elected a Democrat to the Senate since Wendell Ford in 1992.

“I’ve been always somebody who stepped up to the plate when asked, when I felt like my country needed me, and this is one of those times,” McGrath said in an interview.

She has said that Kentucky voters are not fans of either political party and they supported Trump in part because of his promise to “drain the swamp” in Washington, lower drug prices and deliver a more effective alternative to the Affordable Care Act.

“Those things haven’t happened because of guys like Senator McConnell,” she said.

McConnell struck back quickly in a Twitter message that presaged what a race between him and McGrath would look like. The tweet strung together a series of quotes from McGrath that depicts her as an out-of-touch liberal who also opposes Trump, and notably his call for a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

McConnell campaign manager Kevin Golden said McGrath lost in 2018 “in a Democratic-wave election because she is an extreme liberal who is far out of touch with Kentuckians.”

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The Senate majority leader’s tone was more sanguine. “It’ll be a spirited race,” he said Tuesday at the Capitol. He says unlike others, “I actually enjoy campaigns.”

Fox News’ Sam Dorman and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Doug Schoen: Dem primaries spell trouble for moderate candidates

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The state of the Democratic race for the party’s presidential nomination has shifted fundamentally.

Though most polls have former Vice President Joe Biden still leading the pack by a notable margin, Biden’s lead has slipped significantly since the first debates. Further, progressive candidates like Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., have surged in the polls, while moderate candidates like South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg have slipped slightly.

To be sure, this shift away from center-left candidates and towards progressive candidates is indicative of the leftward shift within the Democratic Party and does not bode well for the party’s chances of defeating President Trump in 2020.

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To beat President Trump, Democrats must nominate a moderate candidate with a wide base of support who can carry states like Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin – states that Trump won in 2016 but that President Barack Obama carried in 2008 and 2012.

Prior to the debates, Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., were the only candidates consistently polling in double digits, while the other leading progressives such Warren and Harris were polling at around 8 or 9 percent.

Further, Biden was once the clear, unambiguous frontrunner, leading by double-digits in nearly every national poll. At one point he led the pack by as much as 32 points, according to a Hill-HarrisX poll from early May.

However, since the debates, Biden is polling at just under 27 percent and has seen his lead substantively decrease to 12 points, according to RealClear Politics, though he still maintains his frontrunner status.

On the other hand, Kamala Harris has enjoyed a significant post-debate surge. According to an Emerson poll from earlier this week, the progressive senator is polling in second-place to Biden at around 15 percent. In the days following the debates, a CNN poll had her polling within five points of the former vice president.

Bernie Sanders has also slipped and is now polling at around 14 percent according to RealClear Politics, putting him neck-and-neck with other far-left candidates, namely Harris and Warren, both of whom he once led by a significant margin.

Aside from Sanders, who was the marginal loser of the debate, it is evident that progressive, far-left candidates with radical policies have recently gained at the expense of moderates.

Buttigieg, a 37-year-old moderate with some progressive ideals, has also seen his support slightly dwindle recent weeks, despite a massive fundraising campaign that brought in $24.8 million in the second quarter.

In the weeks to come, we can expect the race to narrow and the margins between candidates to shrink. Monday, Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., dropped out of the race, the first in a soon-to-come exodus, as many of the nearly two-dozen candidates will inevitably realize that they have neither the support nor the funding to continue.

Ultimately, for myself and other moderate Democrats looking to remove President Trump, these shifts in the race are concerning.

Throughout the debates, moderate candidates like Biden responded to a series of attacks from inexperienced candidates seeking to popularize their progressive talking points and cut into the former vice president’s lead. While Biden still maintains his frontrunner status by a notable margin, his losses in the last week are telling of the leftward shift within the Democratic primary electorate.

Indeed, national polls confirm the need for a moderate nominee. A recent Washington Post-ABC News poll revealed that Biden, a self-proclaimed moderate who favors incremental policies like strengthening ObamaCare, was the only candidate with a reliable lead over Trump.

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Further, the same poll reported that Sanders, Harris and Warren were each ahead of Trump by a mere two points or less – leads that are well within the margin of error – while Biden held a significant 10-point advantage over Trump.

Ultimately, it’s anyone’s race now, and only time will tell whether Biden will be able to hold on to his lead in the face of his progressive opposition.

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Charlie Hurt: Joe Biden has been ‘part of the problem in DC for 50 years’

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Former Vice President Joe Biden constant push to become president has made him a big part of the problem with the federal government, according to Charlie Hurt.

In his time in D.C., Biden’s main focus has been trying to win his way to the Oval Office, Hurt claimed Tuesday on “The Story.”

“People forget Joe Biden has been part of the problem in Washington for nearly 50 years,” he said.

“The entire time he’s been in Washington, he’s been trying to figure out how to become president. He’s run a couple of times and it’s been disastrous.

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“The closest he’s ever gotten to the White House is when Barack Obama needed somebody that fit his description. It’s a good reminder that he really is kind of bad at this.”

Looking at past elections, the Washington Times opinion editor added the current crop of more liberal Democratic candidates resembles a candidate from the 2004 presidential election.

Hurt said many Democratic voters didn’t like then-President George W. Bush, but instead of immediately coalescing around a centrist Democrat, they sought politicians like former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean.

“They ran off with Howard Dean for a long time, and then at the last minute they were reminded electability was the only thing they cared about, so they jumped into the arms of John Kerry,” he said. “Of course it didn’t work out so well.”

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On the campaign trail, Biden recently raised eyebrows with his latest campaign promise — this time, pledging to cut prison incarceration by “more than” 50 percent.

Speaking with an ACLU member at a campaign event on in South Carolina over the weekend, Biden was asked about the initiative being headed by the organization to develop a “roadmap for cutting incarceration by 50 percent.”

“Do you commit to cutting incarceration by 50 percent?” the man, who identified himself as an ACLU member, asked.

“More than that,” Biden responded. “We can do it more than that.”

Fox News’ Joseph Wulfsohn contributed to this report.

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Jesse Watters: CNN Democratic debate lottery a ‘gimmick,’ Lemon should not moderate

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CNN’s decision to use a televised lottery in determining its 2020 Democratic presidential debate lineups is a ratings ploy, according to Jesse Watters.

Furthermore, primetime host Don Lemon is the wrong fit for an objective moderator, Watters claimed Tuesday on “The Five.”

“As far as the lottery thing goes, it’s a gimmick,” he said. “They’ve lost about 20 percent of their primetime audience and our primetime audience more than triples them.”

Watters also said he believed the second set of Democratic debates are too important to be decided by a random, televised lottery.

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“It is too consequential of a debate for the Democrats and for the American people to have it left up to chance,” he said.

Additionally, Watters claimed Lemon is too biased to be given the tacit credibility of a debate moderator.

“He seems like a nice guy,” Watters said of the 53-year-old Louisiana native.

“But he is an opinion host, he’s not a straight shooter.”

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Lemon will join Dana Bash and Jake Tapper for the two-night event on July 30-31 from Detroit. Debate moderators are historically straight-news journalists, as opposed to partisan pundits.

The “Watters’ World” host said he saw Lemon as too reminiscent of MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow — who co-moderated the last set of debates — adding Anderson Cooper would be a better fit among Bash and Tapper.

On July 18, CNN will reveal its lineups for the debates scheduled later this month.

Fox News’ Brian Flood contributed to this report.

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Rev. Al Sharpton: Black vote is not a ‘lock for anyone’ in 2020; Biden should have apologized ‘two weeks ago’

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Rev. Al Sharpton said the current field of Democratic presidential candidates shouldn’t take the black vote for granted on “Morning Joe” Monday, claiming their allegiance is anything but assured.

Host Joe Scarborough asked Sharpton for his impression of the latest round of Democratic debates, and Sharpton said the candidates must work harder to win over the African-American community.

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“I think the novelty of just a black president is gone with the election and re-election of President Obama. You’re going to have to prove that you represent people’s interests, that you really understand their life and that you have a clear track record that makes people believe that you’ll do it,” Sharpton said.

He specifically highlighted former Vice President Joe Biden‘s comments about working with segregationist senators in the past and said the black community is still unsure of his sincerity when it comes to issues that are important to them.

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“So there was some enthusiasm, of course, for Sen. Kamala Harris. There was some for others. But I think Joe Biden is still a big factor and the fact that on Saturday he made the apology, one that I think he should have made two weeks ago, but it resonated around the festival,” he said.

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“And people are still saying I’m not sure yet. So I think anyone that thinks that the black vote is a lock for anyone is someone that is kidding themselves at this point. Blacks, like anyone else, are going to vote their interests and what is going to be something that directly deals with the needs of our communities.”

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Michael Goodwin: Liberals are eating their friends as well as their enemies

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With Democrats increasingly attacking each other with a vitriol they once reserved for President Trump, an anecdote involving President Lyndon Johnson fits the moment. As recounted in the riveting memoir of Joseph Califano, Johnson’s top domestic adviser, the president was meeting with civil rights leaders in the hot racial summer of 1967.

Dems were sharply divided over several issues, including how to respond to riots in Detroit and Newark, and LBJ hoped to corral NAACP leader Roy Wilkins and Urban League Executive Director Whitney Young into his corner.

At a White House meeting, Johnson recited his Great Society accomplishments but Wilkins and Young appeared numb and in despair, saying they couldn’t control the young rioters, Califano writes in “The Tragedy and Triumph of Lyndon Johnson.”

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It was then that Johnson attacked the left wing of his own party. “A liberal is intolerant of other views. He wants to control your thoughts and actions,” Johnson declared. Califano then describes the president moving forward in his chair to deliver his punch line. “You know the difference between cannibals and liberals? Cannibals eat only their enemies.”

Five decades later, only the labels have changed.

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Biden says he waited until right ‘opportunity’ to apologize for remarks on working with segregationist senators

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Former Vice President Joe Biden admitted Sunday why he waited weeks to apologize for comments about working with segregationist lawmakers in his early days in the U.S. Senate.

He said his apology Saturday, delivered to a mostly black audience of several hundred in Sumter, S.C., was “the first opportunity we had to do it in a fulsome way.”

He reiterated his apology about “any comments I made (that) were taken in a way that people took offense from them. Then, I am truly sorry for that. That was not my intention.”

Saturday he said that he understood his remarks could have been offensive to some people.

“Was I wrong a few weeks ago?” Biden asked the Sumter audience during the first day of a weekend visit to South Carolina. “Yes, I was. I regret it, and I’m sorry for any of the pain of misconception that caused anybody.”

Biden on Sunday was continuing his campaign tour of South Carolina, the first Southern state to vote in next year’s primary and a crucial proving ground for candidates seeking the support of black Democrats.

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“Have I made mistakes? Yes. Do we grow? Yes. But, the fact of the matter is, that’s why I chose here in South Carolina, and chose an audience that in fact… would be the most likely to have been offended by anything that was said,” he said Sunday.

Biden added that he was ready to move on: “This is about the future. It’s not about the past.”

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Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., said Sunday she was happy that Biden apologized for his remarks about working in the past with segregationist lawmakers.

Harris and Biden have been at odds with one another since the California lawmaker went after the former vice president on the debate stage in Miami almost two weeks ago for his comments on segregationist senators.

Fox News’ Allie Raffa in Charleston contributed to this report.

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Jeff Merkley: Democrats don’t support open borders, it’s a ‘myth’

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Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., said Democrats always have supported stronger security measures at the southern border and denounced the notion of their desire for open borders, calling it a “myth.”

Merkley appeared on “Meet The Press” Sunday to discuss a possible compromise between congressional Democrats and the Trump administration and listed possible changes to the asylum laws, which may bring both sides to the negotiating table.

“Well, let’s get rid of the myth that Democrats are for open borders. We’ve supported border security,” Merkley told host Chuck Todd. “That’s a red herring thrown in there.”

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“But, the change [Republicans] want is to get rid of the Flores settlement agreement that says you can only lock up children for three days and you need to move them into a state-licensed childcare facility or into a home,” he continued.

“There is no way, under any set of conditions, that Democrats are going to support the indefinite lockup of children. We know from all the child experts that this does traumatic injury, that that trauma can have lifelong effects. It is a horrific strategy on their part, on the part of the administration, and the answer on that is, absolutely not. Flores, in fact, needs to be applied to the influx facilities like Homestead where it’s not being applied currently. So, we need to expand that application, not eliminate it.”

Todd then asked, “What would happen if we could get our cameras in there? I don’t mean to be this crass about it, but are pictures what are missing here for action?” Merkley didn’t discourage him, saying “an actual camera might make a difference.”

Todd also said it felt as if Congress and the White House were at an impasse which won’t get resolved easily.

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“We’re trapped between a philosophy that says, ‘let’s discourage immigration by mistreating refugees,’ and an argument that — ‘let’s be a country, as we have often been, that treats migrants and refugees with respect,'” Merkley replied.

“It doesn’t mean that they’re able to stay. I mean, it’s very hard to go through the asylum process. Most applicants are turned down. But there’s no reason to mistreat individuals as they’re awaiting an asylum hearing. I don’t know how we can get to that core change unless we have some real leadership from Republicans inside Congress who say enough is enough.”

Todd also highlighted a Saturday Washington Post op-ed by former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, with the Obama-era Cabinet official opposing promises to decriminalize illegal immigration.

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“We cannot, as some Democratic candidates for president now propose, publicly embrace a policy to not deport those who enter or remain in this country illegally unless they commit a crime. This is tantamount to a public declaration (repeated and amplified by smugglers in Central America) that our borders are effectively open to all; this will increase the recent levels of monthly apprehensions at our Southern border — about or more than 100,000 — by multiples,” Johnson wrote.

“For the same reason, we cannot formally decriminalize unauthorized entry into this country, though first-time illegal border crossers are in fact rarely prosecuted for that misdemeanor,” he continued.

Merkley wrote that prior to the Trump administration, crossing the border illegally was considered a civil offense and should still be treated as such.

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“Well, we had, previous to the Trump administration, it was a civil offense… that doesn’t mean you get to stay in the United States indefinitely. You still go through an asylum hearing. We maintain the family case management program where 99 to 100 percent of families showed up for their asylum hearings,” he claimed.

“They were treated with respect and dignity. And if they established their case, they’re able to stay. If not, they’re deported. But in between, they’re treated as fellow human beings who are fleeing difficult circumstances. And they’re treated with respect and decency.”

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Klobuchar refuses to take sides on segregationist spat between Biden and Harris

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., defended both former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., in their war of words over the former’s comments about working with segregationist lawmakers in the past.

Klobuchar, who launched her bid for the White House earlier this year, refused on Sunday to take sides in the battle between two other Democratic presidential hopefuls that spilled onto the debate stage two weeks ago.

“I think fair to say if you are dealing with segregationist like he was, you have to call him out,” Klobuchar said of Biden during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet The Press. “He has apologized for not doing that at the time, but I want to move our country forward.”

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Biden apologized on Saturday over the pain he caused people with comments he made about his ability to work with segregationist senators.

“I regret it and I’m sorry for any of the pain or misconception they may have caused anybody,” Biden said during a campaign event in South Carolina. Biden said that he was “wrong” to “give the impression” that he was somehow praising segregationist senators.

His apology came after Harris highlighted race during the first round of Democratic primary debates — pointing to his comments about segregationist senators and his position on federally mandated busing.

After that debate, polling showed Biden’s lead narrowing among Democratic contenders while Harris saw a dramatic rise in support.

During her interview on Sunday, Klobuchar also defended her stance as the Democratic Party’s main moderate in the 2020 presidential race – a fact that she has continued to highlight despite some criticism from her more liberal colleagues and a shift in the party to the Left.

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“I tell them I look people in the eye and I tell them the truth,” she said of her critics. “A lot of people making promises. I am not going to make promises to get elected.”

Klobuchar, who launched her campaign in February, has stumped on her ability to work across the aisle with Republican colleagues and her ability to get legislation passed, but her campaign has run into some speedbumps – most notably accusations of harsh treatment to former staffers – and polling consistently puts her drawing just 1 percent of the vote.

Fox News’ Sam Dorman contributed to this report. 

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Frank Luntz: Dems now ‘using language of the right to push policies of the left’

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Some Democrats are beginning to use terminology popular with conservatives in order to highlight their policies, according to pollster Frank Luntz.

Republicans must create a cogent message to combat this new trend if they want to win in future elections, Luntz claimed Friday on “The Ingraham Angle.”

“My concern is that the Democrats are using — sometimes — language of the right as a way to push policies of the left,” he said.

“And conservatives have to be careful about that. You use softer, gentler, kinder words to push things that are about either government control or government giveaways, and the conservatives need to have a message — they need to have an answer to that.”

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Luntz was reacting to a montage of 2020 Democratic candidates claiming health care is a “human right.”

To that extent, Ingraham added a conservative analyst once explained, if something “is a human right, you don’t have to debate it anymore.”

“So, if it’s a ‘human right,’ there’s no debate, you have to give it to them,” she added, characterizing the idea.

Luntz agreed, adding if someone is against certain policy proposals in that regard they can be painted as, “cruel and inhumane.”

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In regard to the idea of Medicare-for-all, Fox News medical contributor Dr. Marc Siegel claimed recently on “Fox & Friends” the platform will not resonate with voters in the end.

Voters will turn away from candidates pushing the idea in the end and claims the plan will improve access to quality health care are unfounded, Siegel said last month.

“I think it’s a campaign slogan. I don’t think it’s ever going to happen. They will self-destruct by getting behind it,” he claimed.

“I can’t believe they are making it a campaign issue. It’s so unpopular.”

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