Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tells Republicans they need to run "independent" campaigns if they are to win back the suburbs in 2020.
Harris County GOP Chairman Paul Simpson says the Kentucky Senator is not saying Republicans have to run as independents, or even independent from Trump, but rather independent campaigns built around how they've helped their own state.
“Dan Crenshaw is a great example,” he says.“He supports the president on building the wall, but he also has to talk about other issues that affect Texas, like flood control, particularly in his district.”
“They’ve got to run independent campaigns that talk about what voters care about in their districts and in their states, sometimes that involves the president, sometimes it doesn’t.”
Nearly half of the Republicans' 53 Senate seats are up for grabs next year.
“We need all hands on deck next year, making sure we get all the Republicans to turn out to vote,” says Simpson.“Particularly we talk to voters in the middle, and I think that’s what our candidates are going to be doing, talking to the voters who need to be persuaded to see Republicans offer the best solutions for things that matter to voters.”
McConnell suggested Republicans need to be a firewall of sorts, to protect against the socialist left that has taken over the Democratic Party.