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CNN host Jake Tapper had
both party chairs on “State of the Union” on
Sunday.

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  • The heads of the Republican and Democratic national
    committees offered their final messages to voters on CNN’s “State
    of the Union” ahead of Tuesday’s midterm elections in lively
    back-to-back appearances.
  • GOP chair Ronna McDaniel insisted that despite President
    Donald Trump’s almost-exclusive focus on immigration policy,
    Republicans were hoping voters would be encouraged by the booming
    economy.
  • Tom Perez, the DNC chair, objected to Republicans’ emphasis
    on the economy and said voters will look to support progressive
    healthcare policy.

The heads of the Republican and Democratic national committees
offered their final messages to voters on CNN’s “State of the
Union” Sunday ahead of Tuesday’s midterm elections in lively
back-to-back appearances.

The RNC case: focusing on immigration and the economy

Ronna McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee,
hit back against host Jake Tapper’s characterization that despite
a booming economy, President Donald Trump’s “closing argument in
the midterms is focused on fears of undocumented immigrants.”

“We have a record, we are saying we have delivered, your lives
are better, the economy is booming,” McDaniel said. “Let’s not go
back.”

Tapper pointed to an ad that blamed Democrats for a
homicidal unauthorized immigrant that Trump released Wednesday as
a “factually inaccurate, racially incendiary” bid to scare voters
into backing his wishes for immigration policy.

McDaniel said the ad instead symbolized Trump’s focus on the
Democratic lawmakers failings in forming effective immigration
policy.

“Actually, quite literally, Democrats and Republicans came to the
table to talk to President Trump about immigration reform, and
they thought they had a deal,” Tapper said, referring to Senate Minority
Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s
efforts in September 2017.

Despite saying that instances such as the undocumented immigrant
in Trump’s ad were due to a “systemic failure,” McDaniel said
Democratic lawmakers should be more proactive in forming
effective immigration policies.

“You control the White House, the House, and the Senate,” Tapper
said.

McDaniel then widened what she said was Trump’s messaging focus
ahead of the midterms to a plea for bipartisanship among
lawmakers to confront a variety of issues.

“The president’s leading,” McDaniel said. “He’s saying, ‘Come to
the table, we have major issues we need to face. By the way, our
economy is humming, people are working, wages are up, I’ll work
with Democrats,’ and they’re sitting on their hands.”


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The DNC case: focusing on healthcare

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez pushed back on
the Republicans’ focus on economic growth under Trump, saying
“reckless” tax cuts have only “delivered results for very wealthy
people.”

Tapper objected to Perez’s characterization, saying he might be
“saying things that aren’t true to try and put a grey cloud over
the economic good news.”

The former Labor Secretary said other failures to adjust cost of
living and healthcare costs rendered any economic gains useless,
despite Republicans touting wage growth.

“People need to feel that if they work a full-time job, they’re
actually able to feed their family and not tread water,” Perez
said. “That’s what’s happening across this country. Too many
people are working two or three jobs to make ends meet because
their salaries aren’t enough and the cost of living is going
through the roof.”

Perez continued, saying health care was “under attack” under the
Trump administration and would be the “number on issue” on
ballots Tuesday that would encourage voters to choose Democratic
candidates.

“So many people with preexisting conditions thought they would be
able to retain their coverage [and] this administration doesn’t
want to do it,” Perez said. “Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security
— they’re on the ballot. That’s why there’s so much energy on the
Democratic side.”

Gallup poll released earlier
this month reported 80% of registered voters said healthcare is
important or extremely important to their vote. The same poll
found 78% of voters considered the economy important, which was
the lowest of any recent midterm.

In the uncertain midterms full of tight races, voter engagement
has skyrocketed. Election Day is Tuesday, November 6.

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