Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush might not have got far in the 2016 Republican presidential primaries, but some of his former consultants are now working with a “Never Trump” group to help Democrats Joe Biden and Kamala Harris win Florida in November.
“Officials with Republican Voters Against Trump…said Monday they would begin a campaign aimed at persuading politically moderate Floridians to back Joe Biden, hopeful that the support of those voters can swing the battleground state…this fall.” https://t.co/mkXotYyLFq
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) August 31, 2020
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“Republican Voters Against Trump,” is a group funded by Never Trump figures Bill Kristol, Sarah Longwell, and Tim Miller, and they are trying to make sure Florida votes blue in 2020.
The Miami Herald reported, “A group of Republicans who want to rid their party of President Donald Trump is making a hefty investment to turn Florida blue.”
“And they have help from one of ex-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s former top political strategists,” the Herald noted.
The report continued, “Officials with Republican Voters Against Trump, a national super PAC, said Monday they would begin a campaign aimed at persuading politically moderate Floridians to back Joe Biden, hopeful that the support of those voters can swing the battleground state — and possibly the presidency — toward the Democratic presidential candidate this fall.”
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The Never Trump group call their effort “Project Orange Crush.”
Announcing RVAT PAC: OPERATION ORANGE CRUSH!
The PAC will be targeting half-a-million undecided "fulcrum voters” in Florida that data shows can be the difference makers.
— Republican Voters Against Trump (@RVAT2020) August 31, 2020
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They will spend between $8 million to $10 million over the next nine weeks on advertising targeted to moderate Republican voters and swing voters.
“Our plan is to surgically target the key 450,000 Independents and soft Republicans who will decide the election,” a memo from the group reads.
This project comes in the wake of many former staffers for establishment Republicans Mitt Romney, John McCain, and George W. Bush having signaled their support for Biden and against Trump in the upcoming election.
President Trump was elected to “Drain the Swamp.” Whether or not he’s accomplished this, it is clear the Washington Swamp is eager to return to the old status quo, whether in Democrat or Republican form.
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