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What Both Parties Can Be Thankful For

Republicans and Democrats see political advantages in the GOP tax plan.

President Donald Trump, left, walks with House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, as they leave a meeting with House Republicans on Capitol Hill in Washington. Trump is at the Capitol for a pep rally with House Republicans, shortly before the chamber is expected to approve the tax bill over solid Democratic opposition.
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Kyle Trygstad
Nov. 21, 2017, 10:20 a.m.

Democrats and Republicans may give thanks for the very same tax plan when they sit down Thursday for turkey feasts.

Republicans, who argue their tax bill will help grow the economy and aid struggling middle-class families, say passing it is vital to surviving what already appears likely to be a challenging midterm cycle. Failing to do so could sap the energy out of voters and donors unwilling to actively support a majority that can’t accomplish its priorities.

Meanwhile, Democrats, who hope to defeat the bill in the Senate, may have just been handed the economic message they needed to pick up two dozen House seats and hold their own in the Senate.

Priorities USA concluded from a recent internal poll that the bill is “politically toxic” for Republicans. According to a polling memo the Democratic super PAC released Friday, the most effective messages tested portrayed the plan’s tax cuts as beneficial to “wealthy Washington politicians … and their special interest donors,” and stated that budget cuts to health care and education programs are required to pay for them.

And that’s what viewers will hear in the digital ad campaign the group launched Tuesday against Republicans in the House and Senate.

Kyle Trygstad

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