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But as polls showed both of them in trouble, they found themselves on stage with the President.>> I am honored that President Trump is here endorsing and supporting my campaign.>> This President never forgot his promise.>> When the Congressional elections season began, the idea was to avoid making the mid terms a referendum on the President himself.
Who remains unpopular with the majority of Americans.>> Senator Ted Cruz.>>
>> Nobody has helped me more, with your tax cuts, with your regulation, with all of the things that we're doing including military and our vets, than Senator Ted Cruz, nobody.>> On the heels of Trump's visit, Cruz, who remains in a close race with Democratic challenger Beto O'Rourke, said at an event last week that O'Rourke should be locked up in a jail cell with former Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton.
Cruz later said he was joking. And Scott Walker, who has been trying to court independent voters during his re-election campaign, released a TV ad in advance of Trump's arrival, that accuses his Democratic opponent, Tony Evers, of wanting to give quote, special treatment for illegals.>> Tony Evers, special treatment for illegals, higher taxes for you.
>> Trump.>> Endangered Republicans are embrasing the president now, because frankly, he's better than they are at the messaging game. And he has a much bigger megaphone. Indeed, it was Trump over the summer who, at campaign events, began the effort to brand Democrats, as out-of-control leftists. But there are political risks in going too far in Trump's direction.
Last year, Republican Ed Gillespie, in his bid for Virginia governor, increasingly turned to fearmongering ala Trump, as the election approached. Warning of the threat of immigrant gangs like MS-13, he lost decisively. That's one reason there's still a strong cohort of moderate Republican House candidates, from suburban districts who have tried to keep their distance from the President.
The long term issue for the Republican Party, is that many of these moderates could lose next week to Democrats. Meaning the Republicans who do survive, will in the end have their political fortunes, tied to Trump more closely than ever.>>