FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Lewis Slams Smith’s Vote to Remove President Trump

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Lewis Slams Smith’s Vote to Remove President Trump

WOODBURY, Minn. – U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis issued the following statement after the Senate voted to acquit President Donald Trump and Senator Tina Smith voted to remove him from office.

“Today, the Senate did the right thing and voted to acquit President Donald Trump, but Senator Tina Smith has proven once and for all that she is all-in with the unhinged radicals that have taken over the Democratic Party. From the very beginning, impeachment has been nothing more than a partisan smear aimed at undoing the 2016 election and the will of the people. Tina Smith and the Democrats have spent weeks dragging out this impeachment hoax, preferring to play politics rather than do their jobs. Today the nonsense finally came to an end, and we can move forward with the nation’s business,” Lewis said.

“Tina Smith’s vote is an embarrassment to the sensible Minnesotans she purports to represent. Minnesotans deserve better, and she will face judgement day at the ballot box this November 3rd. It’s time we send someone to the U.S. Senate who puts the interests of Minnesotans and the nation first, not Tina Smith who serves her own partisan political interests above all else,” Lewis concluded. 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Lewis Calls On Senator Tina Smith To Acquit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Lewis Calls On Senator Tina Smith To Acquit

WOODBURY, Minn. — U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis issued the following statement as the Senate impeachment trial draws to a close and prepares to vote.

“Democrats have been on a mission to impeach President Donald Trump since the day he was elected. My opponent Tina Smith has been calling for impeachment since September 2019 and yet she claims to be “impartial.” This impeachment hoax is nothing more than a political game to the Democrats, not a search for justice,” Lewis said.

“The American people are sick and tired of this partisan, political game. After nearly twenty witnesses being called in the House impeachment hearing, not even a scintilla of lawbreaking or wrongdoing was found. Enough is enough. The President should be swiftly acquitted, and I’m calling on Senator Smith to do right thing for a change and acquit President Trump. Senator Smith was elected to represent Minnesota and the country, not her political party,” Lewis concluded.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Lewis Unveils Rural Revitalization Plan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Lewis Unveils Rural Revitalization Plan

LUVERNE, Minn. — In conjunction with a rural healthcare roundtable at Sanford Medical Center in Luverne on Wednesday, U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis released his rural revitalization plan today. 

“For too long, our rural communities have been ignored by career politicians and bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. and the Twin Cities, like Senator Tina Smith. It’s time we acknowledge, reward, and work with local communities so that all Minnesotans enjoy the opportunities they deserve,” Lewis said. 

“Just yesterday I met with doctors and healthcare professionals from Sanford in Luverne, Rock County. They are concerned as I am that ‘Medicare for All’ and single-payer proposals being pushed by radicals in the Democratic Party will ultimately lead to a reduction of access to rural healthcare, if not an outright closure of many facilities,” Lewis added. 

“Whether it’s healthcare, infrastructure, agriculture, or creating energy, mining and timber jobs, I am committed to getting Greater Minnesota moving again. The best way to do that is to get Washington’s heavy-handed regulations out of the way–a rising tide lifts all boats. Whether it’s providing for your family, saving for retirement, or running a business—you can’t do it without economic growth. It’s time we get started and help the communities ignored by Senator Tina Smith and the Democratic Party for far too long,” Lewis concluded.

Lewis’ plan can be broken down into four key categories for policy improvements:

Agriculture

With the passage of the USMCA, the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement, and Phase One of the China negotiations, brighter skies lie ahead for Minnesota farmers. While in Congress, Lewis voted for the Farm Bill with food stamp reform to encourage more employment and job training. Lewis also supported a long-sought repeal of the 2015 Waters of the United States Rule (WOTUS) by voting numerous times to abandon this bureaucratic micromanagement of even the smallest streams, farm ditches and creek beds.

Jobs and the Economy

PolyMet Mining and Twin Metals continue to face one legal and regulatory obstacle after another, forestalling an economic renaissance on the Minnesota Iron Range. Responsible mining for our copper, nickel, platinum, cobalt and titanium deposits—some of the largest in the world—have been estimated to add $5.9 billion to Minnesota’s economy along with as many as 15,000 jobs, direct and indirect. Unlike Senator Tina Smith, Jason Lewis will fight for new, good-paying mining jobs in Northern Minnesota.

Infrastructure

Lewis believes it is crucial to finally get the Enbridge Line 3 replacement line built. There are 8,600 jobs on the ‘line’ with this $2 billion private investment. That means over $19 million in new property tax revenue that could fund roads, bridges and rural broadband. Senator Tina Smith has repeatedly refused to come out in support of the project and all the jobs and revenue that come with it.  

Additionally, Lewis’ work in the 115th congress on the Transportation Committee helping to pass things like a crucial FAA Bill gives him the experience necessary to get things done for Minnesota. 

Health

Unlike Senator Tina Smith and the radical Democratic Party, Lewis’ rural healthcare plan focuses on lowering premiums, guaranteeing coverage, and finally addressing drug costs. Lewis addressed the specifics of this plan in a healthcare roundtable in Luverne on Wednesday. The current proposals by Democrats—whether it’s $32 trillion “Medicare for All” or another single-payer system—would upend Minnesota’s rural healthcare system and lead to a reduction in access in areas that rely on local healthcare facilities. 

Lewis’ plan includes establishing invisible pools for those with pre-existing conditions, continuing the Trump administration’s healthcare reform efforts by making small business “association pools” and inexpensive shorter-term plans permanent, and encouraging quicker development of generic and biosimilar drugs by ending the pharmaceutical practice of “evergreening” expiring patents. 

Lewis also wants to expand on his bipartisan bill to establish an advisory committee on opioids to address the harmful effects of opioid abuse in the workplace, and to see what actions employers can take to help affected employees. While at the same time, making certain important pain-relieving drugs are still accessible for those who really need them. 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Lewis Holds Healthcare Roundtable in Luverne

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Lewis Holds Healthcare Roundtable in Luverne

LUVERNE, Minn. — U.S. Senate Candidate Jason Lewis continued his push for better and more affordable healthcare Wednesday by holding a rural healthcare roundtable at the Sanford Medical facilities in Luverne, Minnesota. 

“The Democrats’ radical proposals are an admission that Obamacare is not working as intended. In fact, while the CBO had predicted over 25 million enrollees on exchanges like MNsure by now, the latest federal numbers show just 11 million can afford the skyrocketing costs of health care. It’s time for real reform,” Lewis said.

“My common sense reforms to lower insurance premiums and provide more options with private, portable plans, including maintaining popular employer-based benefits instead of removing 160 million Americans from their existing group plans. This stands in stark contrast to Senator Tina Smith’s support for, at most reasonable estimates, a $32 trillion ‘Medicare for All’ socialist scheme that would upend our current health insurance system, abolish private plans, and eliminate Medicare for seniors as we know it,” Lewis added.

During the roundtable at Sanford Medical, Lewis unveiled some of the details of his plan for improving healthcare access for all Minnesotans, including: 

—allow pre-tax dollars for all health care expenses on the individual market, finally equaling the tax treatment with employer-based coverage

—continue the Trump administration’s reform efforts by making small business ‘association pools’ and inexpensive shorter-term plans permanent

—lower the cost of delivery through new technologies, such as Sanford’s ‘telestroke’ program, so rural physicians can quickly diagnose patients via video 

—end the spiraling premium costs for preexisting conditions by establishing invisible pools for the hard-to-insure

—require pharmaceutical benefits managers’ rebates to be passed on to consumers, and allow treatments for chronic conditions (such as insulin, inhalers) to be covered as preventative —encourage quicker development of generics and biosimilars by ending the pharmaceutical practice of ‘evergreening’ expiring patents

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Lewis Vows Continued Fight for Second Amendment Rights

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Lewis Vows Continued Fight for Second Amendment Rights

WOODBURY, Minn. — In the wake of Tuesday’s Senate hearing in Hibbing, the peaceful protest for Second Amendment rights in Virginia, and the proposal for a ‘sanctuary county’ in Minnesota for protecting law abiding gun owners, U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis issued the following statement Wednesday on his long-standing support for the right of self-defense. 

“Ever since liberal icon and retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens called for repealing the Second Amendment in a New York Times editorial, liberal Democrats have been acting as though that radical vision will play with voters. Newsflash: it won’t,” said Lewis.

“The Democrats’ prescription of more regulations fails to address the underlying and troubling conditions that continue to cause violence. Few, if any, of the new regulations being proposed would have stopped the shootings we all lament. And from Chicago to Mexico City, those communities with the most stringent gun control laws are often those plagued by the highest levels of violent crime. There are reasonable steps we can take to strengthen background checks and make certain those with mental illness get the treatment they need without repealing the inherent right of self-defense our Constitution safeguards,” said Lewis.

“The Supreme Court has twice held that gun ownership is an inherent individual right in our Constitution, and, unlike my opponent Senator Tina Smith, I intend to support judges who will uphold this vital precedent,” Lewis concluded.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: On “Sound Off” with Brad Bennett, Jason Lewis Calls on Tina Smith to Denounce Bill Outlawing Minnesota Mining

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: On “Sound Off” with Brad Bennett, Jason Lewis Calls on Tina Smith to Denounce Bill Outlawing Minnesota Mining

Duluth, MN – Following an appearance this morning on “Sound Off” with Brad Bennett on WDSM AM710 calling on Senator Tina Smith to denounce and combat legislation proposed by U.S. Representative Betty McCollum that would ban copper-nickel mining across a large portion of Northeastern Minnesota, Jason Lewis issued the following statement.

“Representative Betty McCollum’s bill is a full-frontal assault on the Iron Range way of life. Outlawing safe and responsible mining in Superior National Forest would not only devastate the Iron Range but would permanently rob Northern Minnesota of an opportunity to be an economic powerhouse given the increased demand for copper and nickel. The fact that urban elitists like McCollum are eager and willing to throw that away is disturbing. I am calling on Senator Tina Smith to look out for her constituents, denounce McCollum’s legislation, and fight it in the Senate,” said Lewis.

“When I am up on the Iron Range, I have individuals coming up to me left and right saying “the Democratic party has left me.” Radical liberals like McCollum are playing to their urban base who are saying no mining, no logging, no energy. All at the expense of hardworking Minnesotans on the Iron Range. This is an insult to the way of life on the Iron Range that I am fighting for,” concluded Lewis.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jason Lewis Rejects Impeachment Sham, Calls On Tina Smith To Pledge To Acquit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jason Lewis Rejects Impeachment Sham, Calls On Tina Smith To Pledge To Acquit

WOODBURY, Minn. – U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis issued the following statement after the House of Representatives voted to send the Articles of Impeachment to the Senate.

“It’s been nearly a month since House Democrats held an ‘urgent’ vote to impeach President Trump, which was nothing more than a partisan, political stunt. Today, Speaker Pelosi finally decided to send the impeachment articles to the Senate. Americans can see right through this sham and know it’s nothing more than a partisan smear aimed at undoing the 2016 election and the will of the people. Now it is up to the Senate to fix this mess,” Lewis said.

“Sadly, rather than being guided by facts and evidence, my opponent Senator Tina Smith has blindly followed the radically liberal “resistance” and mob of “never-Trumpers” by vocally supporting impeachment. Today I am calling on her to do the right thing and pledge to acquit President Trump,” Lewis concluded.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jason Lewis Reaffirms Support For Polymet, Attacks Tina Smith for Selling out Miners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jason Lewis Reaffirms Support For Polymet, Attacks Tina Smith for Selling out Miners

WOODBURY, Minn. – U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis issued the following statement on the Minnesota Court of Appeals’ reversal of key permits issued to Polymet Mining Corp., reaffirming his long-standing support for the mining industry in Minnesota.

“Big government’s war on Minnesota miners sadly continues with this latest setback for Polymet. Bureaucrats, activist judges, wealthy special interest groups, and liberal politicians are doing everything in their power to delay copper and nickel mining in Minnesota, holding thousands of jobs hostage,” said Lewis. “Sadly, Senator Tina Smith, refuses to advocate for her own constituents, instead siding with the liberal, urban elites looking to put miners out of work.”

Studies show copper-nickel mining would be a massive economic boost for Northeastern Minnesota. Tapping into the state’s vast mineral deposits could add billions to Minnesota’s economy, as well as thousands of high-paying jobs. The Polymet mine alone is expected to provide upwards of 1,300 jobs.

“Just as taconite once saved the Iron Range, so could copper and nickel mining today. By tapping into our vast mineral resources – some of the largest in the world – we could revitalize our mining communities. The decision by the Court of Appeals is disappointing, and I stand with the hard working men and women on the Minnesota Iron Range as they continue to fight tooth and nail to earn a living, despite all the undue obstacles being placed before them by big government.”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Lewis Stands With Beltrami County Against Radical Refugee Resettlement Plans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Lewis Stands With Beltrami County Against Radical Refugee Resettlement Plans

Calls on Senator Tina Smith to Codify President Trump’s Executive Order

WOODBURY, Minn. – On Tuesday, Beltrami County became the first county in the state of Minnesota to opt-out of refugee resettlement.

“Back in September, President Donald Trump signed an executive order giving local governments greater autonomy in refugee resettlement. On Tuesday night, the people of Beltrami County exercised their right to self-governance and much to the ire of out-of-step metropolitan liberals, voted to opt-out of any new refugee resettlement,” said U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis.

For decades now, Minnesota has done more than its fair share in accepting refugees. The state of Minnesota accounts for approximately 2 percent of the population, but it has taken in roughly 13 percent of the country’s refugees, making it the state with the highest number of refugees per capita in America.

This generosity has come at a cost. Several studies have shown that the average refugee costs taxpayers upwards of $80,000 within the first five years after resettlement, and that figure does not include local costs absorbed by taxpayers in the cities and counties the refugees live in.

To add insult to injury, the agencies that sponsor bringing new refugees to Minnesota receive approximately $1,000 per refugee from the federal government—as does each refugee—but have failed to do their part in helping refugees assimilate or, worse yet, have encouraged them to quickly apply for public assistance.

“When you also consider the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee found that Minnesota led all states in contributing foreign fighters to ISIS, the need for careful vetting becomes clear, as does the need for scrutinous deliberation by localities on whether or not to accept more refugees. And let’s not forget the 2018 investigative report that found money stolen from taxpayers through fake childcare centers may have been sent to areas of Somalia controlled by Islamic terrorists,” Lewis continued.

“It’s clear Democrats don’t like that greater Minnesota has a voice. We Minnesotans are a generous and welcoming people, but we have done more than our fair share of accepting refugees. The opportunity President Trump has afforded localities like Beltrami and St. Louis Counties to make their own decisions in these matters is more than welcome, much to the chagrin of far left radicals like Rep. Ilhan Omar who said she was “disheartened” by Beltrami’s “clenched fist,” and House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler, who threatened to withhold state funding from Beltrami County as punishment for their decision. Senator Tina Smith should take a stand for a change and codify the President’s Executive Order,” Lewis concluded.

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PRESS RELEASE: Tina Smith Accepts Huge Sums of PAC dollars

PRESS RELEASE: Tina Smith Accepts Huge Sums of PAC dollars

Today, Jason Lewis, Republican candidate for the United States Senate, lambasted United States Senator Tina Smith for accepting huge sums of PAC dollars and special interest money. The campaign also announced year to date fundraising totals, having raised just shy of three quarters of one million dollars between August 22 and December 31.

“Our campaign is powered by small dollar, grassroots donations from everyday Minnesotans, having just received financial support from all 87 counties in the fourth quarter. Tina Smith on the other hand, continues to rely on Wall Street and D.C. lobbyists to prop up her campaign, with over 40% of her money coming from special interest PACs, according to her last report,” said Lewis.

Year to date, Jason Lewis for Senate has raised just shy of $750,000 dollars.

In the fourth quarter, Lewis’ campaign raised an additional $310k+, powered by grassroots donations from all 87 counties.

Tina Smith continues to rely on D.C. insiders with over 40% of her donations coming from big corporate PACs, according to her last report. Lewis, on the other hand, relies on small dollar donations from everyday Minnesotans.

History tells us that it will take a lot more than Tina Smith’s D.C. special interest dollars to beat Jason Lewis. In his first race for the House in 2016, Democrat Angie Craig raised nearly 5x that of Lewis ($4.8 million to $1.0 million). With a strong grassroots campaign and President Trump atop the ticket, Lewis won by 2%, and will utilize that same formula for success in 2020. 

The historic investment in Minnesota by President Trump dramatically alters the campaign’s fundraising paradigm – and Tina Smith knows it. The historic and unprecedented investment by President Trump’s campaign and the RNC on advertising, staff and infrastructure are having a game-changing impact on Minnesota’s U.S. Senate race – just take it from Minnesota Democrats:
“The Trump campaign is staffing up in Minnesota in ways we’ve never seen before, and frankly, we just can’t keep up. Trump and the GOP already have over two dozen staffers on the ground, and are promising more, and have already trained over 600 volunteers in Minnesota! In 2016, he spent $30-40k and lost by only 1.5%. In 2020, he’s spending TENS OF MILLIONS.” – @MinnesotaDFL, October 7th, 2019

One more thing. The President’s endorsement and support of Jason Lewis will prove to be invaluable: “I am also proud to endorse your next Republican Senator from Minnesota, a man that I’ve known, a man that is tough and smart; a man running against someone who’s never done a damned thing in the Senate: Mr. Jason Lewis.” – President Donald Trump on October 10 at a record setting rally in Minneapolis.



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