Congressman: Deliver on promises and the base will turn out

Friday, October 19, 2018
Chad Groening, Steve Jordahl (

voting in New EnglandWith the November midterms less than three weeks away, a Republican member of Congress is reminding his fellow Americans that they once again have the high privilege of participating in the most important experiment in the history of the world: American democracy.

As usual, the party that can turn out the vote will win the election – and both Republicans and Democrats are fueled by anger as Election Day 2018 draws near. Those on the left have been fuming since the 2016 election and are spoiling for a fight with Donald Trump should they take back one or both chambers of Congress. And conservatives were deeply offended at the mistreatment of Judge Brett Kavanaugh during his recent confirmation hearings and are anxious to keep the Trump agenda on track.


Indiana Congressman Jim Banks emphasizes that November 6 is an important day. "Either we'll show up and vote and make our voice heard – or we'll stay home and allow those who stand for different values than we do to control the future of this country," he summarizes.

Banks says Republicans have some unfinished business to take care of if they keep the House and Senate: for example, President Trump's wall and border security and a healthcare solution that works. But he notes that Trump and GOP lawmakers delivered on plenty of promises as well; a booming economy, less regulation, peace where there was strife.

"When we keep our word to the voters and do what we say we're going to do, then I believe the Republican base will come out and vote with the same intensity that they did last time," he says.

But ultimately, he adds, the choice is the voters'. "[It's either the] left-wing values, far-left liberal values of the Democratic Party, or the conservative values of President Donald Trump and the Republican Party," he describes. "That's what's at stake. And I hope every [voter] will be sure to show up and vote on November 6 because [their] vote matters."

Stabenow-James debateThe Senate race in Michigan

The midterm Senate races will determine if Republicans maintain or increase their majority status in that chamber – or if Democrats pick up enough seats to erase the GOP's slim two-seat lead. Many of those races currently appear to be statistical dead-heats. One of the races of national interest is in Michigan, where Republican challenger John James hopes to unseat three-term Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow, who he says represents the face of the elite. (Both candidates pictured)

James is a West Point graduate and a Ranger-qualified aviation officer who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. After getting out of the Army, he returned to Michigan to run the family business and created 100 additional jobs. He describes himself as a "pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, pro-business conservative" who has demonstrated "energetic leadership, clarity of vision, and a passion for service from the battlefield to the boardroom."

During a recent appearance on the Fox News Channel, James noted that polls show he is gaining on Stabenow. "In the most recent poll released, we have cut her lead to single digits – and we doubled her in fundraising last quarter, her 1.8 [million] to our 3.6 [million] and our cash on hand is just about even," he pointed out.

"But the thing is, we have a message that's resonating," James continued. "Everybody's talking about a 'blue wave,' but people are discounting the undercurrent of people in the state of Michigan who not only voted for Donald Trump who won Michigan but Bernie Sanders. People who are working hard here every single day increasingly see Washington and Debbie Stabenow as the face of the elite."

James, however, faces an uphill battle. With the exception of one poll taken during the first week of October, Stabenow has maintained a double-digit lead in polls going back to January.

The two squared off Monday night in a final debate before Election Day. Stabenow argued that now isn't the time to send an inexperienced lawmaker to Capitol Hill, whereas James argued that Michigan needs "balance" in Washington instead of two Democratic senators.

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