Some conservatives say it’s time to begin attacking Sen. Elizabeth Warren, hoping to dent the liberal icon’s political ascent as she begins a book tour widely seen as a testing ground for a 2020 presidential bid.
Republicans have been divided over how to handle Ms. Warren, a first-term senator from Massachusetts and one of the Democratic Party’s biggest draws. Some prominent leaders have sought to boost her profile, figuring she’d be an easier opponent to defeat in 2020 than others.
But America Rising Political Action Committee says Ms. Warren needs to be taken down a few pegs, so the group is beginning an initiative to put her under the microscope as she kicks off a tour in New York Tuesday for her latest book, “This Fight Is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class.”
Ford O’Connell, a GOP strategist, said it is smart to attack Ms. Warren because it could set up a favorable contrast for President Trump, reminding voters of the Democratic alternative.
“She is always great for boosting conservatives who go crazy with the possibility that she could go anywhere near the White House,” Mr. O’Connell said. “Hillary Clinton used to wonderfully fill that role for us. … You need to find someone else, and Elizabeth Warren is the embodiment of all [that] wings of the Republican Party stand against. You say her name in Republican circles and they spit venom.”