Democratic group launches ad campaign targeting Trump

US President Donald Trump gestures during the Turning Point USAs Teen Student Action Summit 2019 in Washington, DC, on July 23, 2019. NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images

WASHINGTON (AP) — The largest outside Democratic group announced Tuesday that it will spend as much as $450,000 per week on ads aimed at weakening President Donald Trump in battleground states.

Priorities USA Chairman Guy Cecil said the group is primarily targeting voters in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Nevada and Florida. The online ads will focus on Trump’s handling of the economy.

Cecil said the economy may be doing well overall under Trump, but polling shows many Americans feel the prosperity hasn’t trickled down.

He said wages haven’t kept pace, health care and college remain unaffordable and the tax cut championed by Trump and the GOP primarily rewarded the wealthy.

“Most Americans describe the economy as being good. Most Americans also describe their own situation as being tenuous,” Cecil said. “Our job is to make sure we are constantly putting these types of things in context.”

The challenge will be breaking through the noise coming from the White House and Washington to get voters in crucial battlegrounds to focus on economic issues, he said.

It’s unclear how much Priorities will spend overall. During the 2016 election, the group raised about $200 million.

Surveys conducted by the group suggest Trump is vulnerable in many of the same Rust Belt states that sealed his victory in 2016, such as Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, as well as Florida.

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  • ImpeachAmash

    My net worth is up about 60% since Trump was elected and my kid’s college accounts will now let them just about cash flow their schooling and our family is solidly middle class. Trying to figure out how the Democrats are going to hide that information from me.

  • steve

    I wonder what the country would be like if the Democrats would actually do what the American people elected them to do.

  • stop the madness

    Ya know, it is so hard to keep my mouth shut when devoted democrat relatives drop in. And they look like such normal people too but I know they are three beers short of a six pack.

  • Fish

    If you stand at a counter flipping burgers or taking my money for gas, no your wages haven’t gone up. If you applied yourself and found a new and better paying job because the job market is doing pretty well right now than yes your wages have gone up. Medi@ spin it around on trump every chance they get.

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