Forum Newspaper Network Endorses Lewis for U.S. Senate
September 30th, 2020
EAGAN, Minn. — Today, Forum Communications Co., the largest network of newspapers in Minnesota announced their endorsement of Jason Lewis for U.S. Senate, citing his commitment to Minnesota’s small businesses and communities in Greater Minnesota, especially those that have been adversely impacted by the one-size-fits-all COVID lockdowns.
“From Duluth to Rochester, I am grateful to have Forum Communications’ endorsement in our race for U.S. Senate,” said Lewis. “Since announcing my candidacy last year, we have put on over 30,000 miles traveling all over the state, listening to hard-working Minnesotans who have shared their struggles with the one-size-fits-all lockdown mandates and Democrats’ apparent antipathy for our small business community. From supporting endless lockdowns and repeatedly blocking COVID relief, including PPP loan forgiveness, to opposing commonsense projects like Enbridge Line 3 and safe and responsible mining on the Iron Range, Senator Tina Smith is downright hostile towards the Greater Minnesota way of life. When I am elected, I will finally provide a long overdue voice for all Minnesotans.”
In an editorial, Forum described their decision saying, “It’s just too much of one party and one set of beliefs in a state that is veering toward the political middle. … Lewis would be the perfect counterweight and is the best choice for Minnesotans.”
Read the full endorsement here.
Lewis Vows Fight Will Continue Against Unconstitutional Lockdown
September 30th, 2020
EAGAN, Minn. — Today, U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis announced he intends to file an appeal following Judge Donovan Frank’s ruling to dismiss the campaign’s lawsuit against Governor Tim Walz challenging the constitutionality of his executive orders restricting travel and gatherings.
“I’m hardly surprised at the judge’s dismissal, though sadly for Minnesotans who still have to endure these lockdowns, these unconstitutional orders have been struck down in other states. Nevertheless, you haven’t heard the last from us on this issue. This is why federal judgeships are so important and why the election of U.S. Senators who confirm them is as well.
“This cause is not about me or my campaign, this fight is for every Minnesotan whose business was hurt, who missed a paycheck, or lost their job because of the one-size-fits-all economic lockdown imposed upon Minnesotans by executive order. This fight is for every parent who is missing work because their kids are being kept out of school and need to stay home to care for them. I am fighting like hell for you because your Senator, Tina Smith, is refusing to do so, plain and simple.
“The judge’s ruling misses the mark and opens the door to an appeal, which we intend to move forward with at this time. We will keep fighting for every Minnesotan who is fighting to put food on the table. But we are also taking this fight to the ballot box on November 3rd. The reality is Senator Tina Smith is in favor of these never-ending, unconstitutional lockdowns which killed millions of jobs and brought our economy to Depression-era levels, and we need to ensure she is not allowed anywhere near the levers of power ever again. Our liberty, jobs, and economy depend on it.”
On Presidential Debate Day, Lewis Renews Debate Challenge with Smith
September 29th, 2020
EAGAN, Minn. — With the final scheduled debate of the Minnesota Senate race approaching, U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis is once again calling on Senator Tina Smith to participate in a series of debates. Smith continues to ignore Lewis’ challenge to a series of five debates across the state, denying Minnesotans the chance to hear where she stands on the issues.
“This week Senator Tina Smith and I will participate in the second debate of this cycle, and if Tina has her way, this will be the last time she speaks to Minnesotans in a joint public forum. It’s clear our Senate race is too close for comfort for Tina, so her strategy is to completely avoid any situation where she actually has to discuss the issues. Sound familiar? Tina Smith is clearly taking her cues from Joe Biden, but even Biden is emerging from the basement to debate three times, including tonight!
“In reality, it’s no wonder Tina Smith wants to hide from Minnesotans. From saying there is something ‘dangerously wrong’ with our brave policemen and women to her support for post-birth abortion, Tina Smith is waging war on our Minnesota values and she doesn’t want to have to explain her radical positions. Minnesotans deserve better. My invitation for five debates before the election still stands. I am ready and willing, and sincerely hope Senator Smith accepts, especially in the wake of the recent Supreme Court nominee, which Smith has hypocritically threatened to block.”
Statement from U.S. Senate Candidate Jason Lewis on SCOTUS Nominee
September 26th, 2020
EAGAN, Minn. — Today, President Donald Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court. U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement in reaction to the President’s nomination.
“Today, President Trump put forth his nomination for the highest court in the land, and I think he has made a superb choice in Judge Amy Coney Barrett. The Senate should work to confirm her as soon as possible, ensuring we have a full Supreme Court heading into Election Day. Considering Democrats are insisting that mail-in ballots be counted after election day and are already urging Biden to refuse to concede, the potential exists for the election results to be in question and it’s possible the Supreme Court could be called upon to adjudicate the outcome.
“Our constitutionally guaranteed rights to life, liberty and property are under assault in this nation as the far-left abandons the rule of law and threatens to pack our courts to push through their radical agenda, siding with the far-left mob over the people of our great nation.
“Senator Tina Smith claims to represent women, but she’s already pledged to block Judge Barrett, a brilliant and accomplished jurist. This is just the height of hypocrisy. President Trump’s Supreme Court nomination not only reflects the priorities of Minnesotans and our country, but also puts an even greater emphasis on what is at stake with Minnesota’s Senate race. Together, Minnesotans will stand up and push back against radical liberals like Tina Smith who is waging war on our values by pushing for gun and ammo grabs and supporting post birth abortion.”
Tina Smith is Hiding – Jason Lewis Challenges Smith to More Debates So Minnesotans Can Hear Where She Stands on The Issues
September 25th, 2020
EAGAN, Minn. — After defeating Senator Tina Smith in the first of only two debates she has agreed to between now and Election Day, U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis is once again calling on Smith to a series of debates. Earlier this year, Lewis challenged Smith to a series of debates which was summarily ignored, and is now reupping his call for more debates so Minnesotans can see where she stands on the issues.
“Where is Tina Smith on the issues that matter to Minnesotans? She’s hiding,” said Lewis. “She offers platitudes while dodging questions with political doublespeak. The fact is, Tina is aligned with a radical, far-left agenda, whether it’s working to dismantle police and endorsing Ilhan Omar or turning her back on small businesses during this overreaching lockdown by joining Chuck Schumer to block a comprehensive COVID relief package. Her record speaks for itself, and she needs to speak to Minnesotans in a public forum and be held accountable by them.”
“Senator Smith—I am once again asking you to face me in five debates before the election. I am ready and willing, and Minnesotans deserve to hear where you stand.”
Recent polls show the race statistically tied between Lewis and Smith for U.S. Senate, as well as between President Trump and Joe Biden. Minnesota is a key swing state that will help decide the election this November.
Lewis Joins Vice President Pence at “Cops for Trump” Event in Minneapolis
September 24th, 2020
MINNEAPOLIS — Today,
U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis joined Vice President Mike Pence and
Ivanka Trump at a “Cops for Trump” listening session in Minneapolis.
Lewis tore into the reckless defund the police movement and how critical
it is for communities to support police officers and ensure public
safety in our communities.
“I didn’t know much about cops until I married one. But I learned
firsthand about the sacrifices they make and the risks they take to
protect our communities and keep them safe. Unfortunately, Minneapolis
is now the epicenter of the radical defund the police movement and we’re
already starting to see the consequences. This far-left anarchist
agenda has left our city in chaos, and average citizens are the ones
paying the price. My opponent Tina Smith said police play a ‘dangerously
wrong’ role in society and is calling to ‘reimagine’ policing, and
Minneapolis residents are seeing firsthand what you get when you
reimagine and defund police. It’s time to restore common sense and
support the men and women who work tirelessly and put their lives on the
line every day to keep our communities safe,” said Lewis. “Thank you to
Vice President Pence, Ivanka Trump, and the Trump campaign for coming
to Minnesota to listen to our law enforcement community and show support
for our police.”
Lewis has been endorsed by several law enforcement groups across Minnesota. See endorsement letters and pledges below:
Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association
Minnesota Fraternal Order of Police
Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis
Heritage Action for America Police Pledge
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Endorses Lewis as Pro-Business Candidate
September 23rd, 2020
EAGAN, Minn. — In a virtual event this afternoon, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce officially announced their endorsement of U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis. The U.S. Chamber is the world’s largest business federation and represents the interests of more than 3 million businesses and organizations.
“In difficult times, we are reminded of the importance of having leaders that understand the genius of the American system of government and free enterprise and who are willing to tackle the hard problems that confront our nation,” said U.S. Chamber CEO Thomas J. Donohue. “As our country faces many challenges and is collectively working to not just reopen our economy, but return to growth and expanded opportunities for all Americans, we need leaders like Jason Lewis. He has a proven track record of leading responsibly and standing up for good policies. The U.S. Chamber is proud to endorse Jason and looks forward to partnering with him in the future.”
In a statement, Lewis said, “I am proud to accept the endorsement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. I spent much of my early years working for the family business, Lewis Motor Supply, Inc. The business, which my grandfather started with just an eighth-grade education, grew into a successful enterprise that spanned over 50 years. It was a multi-generational success that was passed down the family line from my grandad to my father and then to myself along with my sisters until a state eminent domain project acquired our property in the mid-80s.
“Businesses of any size are our most crucial American institutions, and I am proud to be a pro-business legislator. In Congress, I was honored to help businesses by working to pass historic tax cuts and regulatory reforms. The work we did in the 115th Congress led to the best economy in American history, and I look forward to continuing this progress in the Senate. Because of that success, it’s all the more striking that my opponent is embracing the Biden tax increase plan of $4 trillion—not to mention reinstating the regulatory burden that I was proud to help repeal.
“Going forward, we must do everything we can to support our business community as we recover from the pandemic. This means lifting once and for all the onerous lockdown measures that have suffocated businesses of all sizes and continuing to push targeted COVID relief to help businesses get back on their feet. Now more than ever, Minnesotans need pro-business legislators to combat the overreaching lockdowns and get our economy booming again, and I will do just that.”
See the endorsement letter here.
Lewis Rallies Support for Filling SCOTUS Seat in Stillwater
September 23rd, 2020
STILLWATER, Minn. — U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement regarding the need to fill the Supreme Court vacancy following a press conference at an early voting rally yesterday.
“Fill the seat and fill it now. The Senate—and Minnesota—have now become the last firewall to the God-given rights of life, liberty and property that are now so obviously in jeopardy. Whether it’s the left’s assault on the freedom of speech and the right to own firearms, or their newfound affinity for late term and post birth abortion, it’s imperative we have conservative jurists and responsible Senators to confirm them. That’s why my radically liberal opponent Tina Smith cannot be allowed to return to Washington for another term.
“Beyond the fact there is no precedent for not filling a Supreme Court vacancy when the White House and the Senate are controlled by the same party, the frightening threats aimed directly at our constitutional framework in the wake of Justice Ginsburg’s passing are reason enough to throw Tina Smith and her fellow radicals out of office. Tina has already repeatedly refused to say whether she’d rule out packing the court, which should be an immediate disqualifier.
“The mobs in the street appear to have been a mere warmup for a power grab unseen in American history. Never in the history of a republic has so much been riding on the confirmation of one Supreme Court justice. We must fill the seat now to stave off an unprecedented constitutional crisis, and then we must put in place a framework for confirmation of future justices who respect the Constitution, and that starts with changing Senators this fall.”
Supreme Court Vacancy Spotlights Importance of Minnesota Senate Race
September 22nd, 2020
EAGAN, Minn. — With President Trump announcing his nominee for the Supreme Court this Saturday, the stakes of Minnesota’s Senate race have been elevated even more. This comes on top of growing momentum for Jason Lewis and President Trump, with Minnesota already seen as a pivotal swing state, as well as recent polls showing Jason Lewis and Senator Smith statistically tied.
“The heated politics of the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy are spilling into Minnesota’s Senate race, with U.S. Sen. Tina Smith and Republican challenger Jason Lewis pressing opposite views on an issue that could reframe the presidential election,” the Star Tribune noted this week.
See more coverage here:
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Lewis Says SCOTUS Vacancy Puts More Significance on Already Close Senate Race
September 21st, 2020
EAGAN, Minn. — U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement on how the vacancy left on the Supreme Court impacts the already close Senate race here in Minnesota.
“The Supreme Court vacancy puts even more significance on our state’s very close Senate race and once again highlights the clear differences between myself and Senator Tina Smith,” said Lewis. “From her openly hostile views of the Second Amendment to her support of post birth abortion, Senator Smith has shown her complete disregard for the values of Minnesotans. Indeed, her radical views on these issues puts her way outside the constitutional mainstream. Our toss-up race just became even more important because our next Senator could be voting to confirm multiple Supreme Court justices. The choice Minnesotans make this November could end up deciding the fate of the Supreme Court for decades to come and we simply cannot afford to have Senator Smith putting more activist judges on the bench.”
Lewis has warned of a looming constitutional crisis if a new Supreme Court justice is not appointed and confirmed swiftly and decisively. If the 2020 election results end up being in question and the decision is sent to the Supreme Court, the ruling could end up being a 4-4 deadlock. Lewis has said this would be a “constitutional crisis without precedent and the Republic may not be able to survive it.”
See more coverage here:
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