Midterm Push: Mike Pence's Nationwide Tour To Tout Tax Cuts

When Vice President Pence steps on the stage at the Minneapolis Convention Center Wednesday morning, he will be touting the tax cut President Trump signed into law last year for the second time in as many days.

The previous event in the Trump-aligned group America First Policies’ “Tax Cuts to Put America First” series took place on Tuesday in Fargo, N.D., with Pence as the headline speaker.

By the November elections, Pence may complete more than 50 events promoting the new tax law, a White House official familiar with the planning told the Washington Examiner. He is expected to have spoken at over two dozen by the end of April.

It is part of a larger campaign blitz by the vice president ahead of what figures to be a challenging midterm election cycle. Historically, the party in power loses seats, and while Trump’s approval ratings have rebounded somewhat recently, they are still in the 40s.

But the tax law is viewed by many Republicans as critical to their chances. It is the single biggest joint policy accomplishment Trump shares with the GOP congressional majorities, and both the savings to individual taxpayers it produces and the economic growth it stimulates represent the best chances to boost the popularity of the president and his party’s candidates. Pence is good at staying on message.

“As President Trump is tackling a host of issues ranging from opioids to trade, it is wise to have Vice President Pence focused on the virtues of tax cuts,” said Republican strategist Ford O’Connell. “Particularly in areas of the country that Trump might not be as popular — suburban districts, etc. — as congressional Republicans try to hold the House of Representatives.”

“The tax bill as a 2018 campaign weapon for congressional Republicans is not yet at critical mass in terms of resonating everywhere,” O’Connell said. “Having Pence hammering home its virtues cannot hurt.”

Read more from W. James Antle III at the Washington Examiner

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