Lewis Statistically Tied With Senator Tina Smith in Latest Polling

Lewis Statistically Tied With Senator Tina Smith in Latest Polling

August 11th, 2020

EAGAN, Minn. — U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement after the latest round of public polling released today by Emerson College shows Lewis and Senator Tina Smith in a statistical tie for the United States Senate race (Source: TheHill.com). The poll shows Smith garnering 48% and Lewis earning 45%, with a margin of error of just under 4%. The poll also shows President Trump (47%) statistically tied with Joe Biden (50%).

This poll comes on the heels of a new ad buy by the Lewis for Senate campaign which correctly points out that Senator Tina Smith blocked COVID relief twice while finding time to dump $1 million dollars’ worth of personal stock holdings as the market was crashing. It also comes one day after two endorsement tweets from President Trump.

“These results show what I’ve been saying and what we’ve been feeling on the ground for the last year of this campaign. Voters are sick and tired of Senator Tina Smith putting her personal financial interests and her radical, left- wing agenda ahead of the interests of Minnesotans, just like she did when she twice blocked COVID relief while simultaneously selling off $1 million dollars’ worth of personal stock holdings. Tina Smith also has no problem sacrificing American jobs for her own financial gain, lining her campaign’s pockets with cash from multinational corporations that are sending American jobs overseas.   

Her radical left-wing agenda belongs on the ash heap of history, not in the United States Senate. The more that voters learn about Senator Tina Smith, the more trouble she’ll find herself in. Whether it’s her calls to decimate Medicare as we know it, or her hostile views toward mining, energy, logging and agriculture, her calls for higher taxes, or her refusal to denounce efforts to abolish the police, Minnesotans are turning on Tina Smith, and for good reason.

As your next Senator I will fight to protect the tax cuts I worked with President Trump to implement, protect our communities by backing the police and protecting your Second Amendment rights, I’ll secure Minnesota jobs by taking on China, and fight for good-paying agricultural, mining, energy and logging jobs in Greater Minnesota. Most importantly though, I will always put Minnesota first, not my own financial and political interests as Senator Tina Smith has shamefully done time and again.” 

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Lewis Celebrates Primary Victory, On to the General Election with Huge Momentum

Lewis Celebrates Primary Victory, On to the General Election with Huge Momentum

August 11th, 2020

EAGAN, Minn. — U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement after overwhelmingly winning the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. The victory comes after the latest Emerson College poll showing Lewis and Senator Tina Smith in a statistical tie.

“I am grateful for the overwhelming support our campaign has received so far, and I am honored to be your Republican nominee for U.S. Senate here in Minnesota. With the primary behind us, we are now turning 100% of our attention to the general election and the fight to take back this seat. Which is bad news for Tina Smith, because the more her record is scrutinized, the more the voters turn on her, evidenced by the fact we are now tied in the polls.

There has never been a more important election. This race has turned into a choice between public safety and anarchy, freedom and tyranny, capitalism and socialism. We can’t afford to get this one wrong.

Today’s poll and our resounding Primary victory shows Minnesotans are disgusted by the Democrats’ radical plunge into socialism and lawlessness and they are ready to make a change, and that is going to start with replacing Senator Tina Smith.

When she isn’t putting her personal financial interests above her constituents, Senator Tina Smith is pushing radical proposals that would harm everyday Minnesotans. Her hostile views toward mining, energy, logging, and agriculture have compromised thousands of Minnesota jobs. Her calls to raise taxes and decimate Medicare as we know it would hurt people in every corner of this state. And her refusal to denounce the efforts to abolish police makes every Minnesotan less safe. And that’s when she isn’t lining her campaign’s pockets with tens of thousands of dollars from multinational corporations that outsource Minnesota jobs to China.

This is my promise to Minnesotans: I will be your voice. Not just now when I want your vote, but as your next Senator. Unlike Senator Tina Smith, I will always put Minnesotans first, not my own financial and political interests.”

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Lewis Announces New TV, Radio & Digital Ads Titled “Personally Profiting”

Lewis Announces New TV, Radio & Digital Ads Titled “Personally Profiting”

August 11th, 2020

EAGAN, Minn. — Today, U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis announced new televisionradio and digital commercials titled “Personally Profiting,” focusing on Senator Tina Smith’s shameful reputation of putting her own personal, financial interests above that of her constituents.

This comes on the heels of President Donald Trump’s endorsement of Jason Lewis’ candidacy on Monday.

“Senator Tina Smith has a disgraceful track record of putting her own financial interests and radical policy goals over the needs of the Minnesotans she is supposed to serve. Case in point: as the stock market crashed when COVID hit, Tina Smith swiftly dumped $1 million dollars of her personal stock holdings. Tina Smith to this day hasn’t come clean on what she knew and when she knew it. And if that wasn’t bad enough, she then voted twice to block the much-needed COVID relief bill, holding Americans’ lives and livelihoods hostage for political purposes. Even right now, she is holding up COVID relief yet again, over a silly and radical demand that incarcerated criminals be able to make phone calls for free. It’s outrageous.

When she isn’t protecting her own seven figure portfolio, Tina Smith is pushing radical proposals that would harm everyday Minnesotans. Her support for a Medicare For All style plan would put up to 49 rural hospitals at risk of closing permanently. Her anti-mining and anti-energy policy positions have compromised thousands of good-paying jobs. And her repeated inflammatory rhetoric about the ‘dangerous role police play in society’ and her affinity for the defund the police movement has jeopardized public safety. This is not the type of leadership Minnesotans deserve!

We need a senator who puts Minnesotans first, not themselves. And I will do just that.”
 

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President Trump Endorses Jason Lewis via Twitter

President Trump Endorses Jason Lewis via Twitter

August 10th, 2020

EAGAN, Minn. — U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement after President Donald Trump tweeted and reaffirmed his endorsement today. The President first endorsed Lewis in October 2019. Vice President Mike Pence has also endorsed Lewis.

The endorsement comes on the heels of the Lewis campaign announcing this morning new digital, radio and TV buys called “Personally Profiting,” aimed at exposing Senator Tina Smith’s record of blocking COVID relief for constituents, yet somehow still finding the time to dump $1 million dollars’ worth of stock at the height of the pandemic. 

“Today, President Donald Trump reaffirmed his ‘complete and total’ endorsement of my candidacy for U.S. Senate, showing once again that he is all-in on Minnesota and all-in on our race to unseat the radically liberal Tina Smith. As President Trump himself said when he first endorsed me in October, Tina Smith ‘has never done a damn thing in the Senate.’



I am so humbled by the support our campaign continues to receive from the President. Both President Trump and Vice President Pence know this is the most important election of our lifetime, both for Minnesota and America as a whole. 2020 has turned into a choice between public safety and anarchy, freedom and tyranny. We can’t afford to get this one wrong. 

Minnesotans are especially aware of what is on the line this election. We have seen firsthand the lawlessness and destruction that comes as a result of decades of failed Democratic leadership and progressive policies. Instead of standing up for personal liberties and public order, Democrats in power, including Senator Tina Smith, have caved to the woke mob by going along with calls to abolish the police. With the Democrats getting more radical by the day, Minnesota has turned into a major battleground state. Having only lost by just over one point in 2016, the President has proven a statewide victory for Minnesota Republicans is within our grasp. The latest polling even shows the race between President Trump and Joe Biden is a statistical tie. The Democrats are losing their grip on the state, and Minnesota is going to go red for President Trump and me this November!” 

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Smith Holds Up COVID Relief Over Free Phone Calls for Prisoners

Smith Holds Up COVID Relief Over Free Phone Calls for Prisoners

August 7th, 2020

EAGAN, Minn. — U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement on Senator Tina Smith’s push for the next COVID relief package to include free phone calls for prisoners.

“Senator Tina Smith seems to have an affinity for criminals and lawlessness. First, she was all in with the mob that torched the Twin Cities to the ground, calling for a continuation of protests following days of looting and arson. Then she went on the floor of the United States Senate to say there’s “something inherently dangerous about the role police play in society.” 

Now, as Congress considers further COVID relief, Tina Smith is holding Americans’ lives and livelihoods hostage over funding for free phone calls for prisoners. That’s right—unemployment benefits have expired and the PPP program is about to close, and Tina Smith is more concerned about making sure incarcerated criminals can make phone calls for free. This should come as no surprise, considering she twice voted to block COVID relief in March. She did however find the time to sell one million dollars’ worth of personal stock while that was going on.

To Tina Smith and her fellow Senate Democrats, this relief isn’t about helping Americans who find themselves struggling financially due to the heavy-handed COVID lockdowns. Instead, they see it as a political tool to push their policy agenda, which apparently includes prioritizing criminals over law-abiding citizens. It is disgusting, and every Minnesotan should be outraged. Tina Smith must immediately put aside the partisan politics and put the needs of her constituents first.”


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Fact Check: Lewis Corrects WCCO’s Esme Murphy on Walz’s “Rocks and Cows”

Fact Check: Lewis Corrects WCCO’s Esme Murphy on Walz’s “Rocks and Cows”

Calls for Tina Smith to Disavow Walz’s Comments

August 4th, 2020

EAGAN, Minn. — U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement after WCCO Sunday morning anchor Esme Murphy falsely claimed Governor Tim Walz didn’t dismiss rural Minnesota as “mostly rocks and cows.”

“Despite what Esme Murphy may want to believe, Governor Tim Walz did in fact refer to Greater Minnesota as ‘mostly rocks and cows.’ This dismissive and arrogant comment perfectly summarizes the DFL Party’s feelings about Greater Minnesota, especially Minnesota’s farmers and agricultural community. And sadly, Senator Tina Smith appears to be following directly in his footsteps, showing a complete disregard for our agricultural community. While I have visited eight farms since April, Tina Smith has visited exactly one. She can’t claim she understands the problems farmers are facing, especially during this pandemic, if she never bothers to meet with them. Newsflash: you actually have to travel outside of the Twin Cities once and a while if you want to know what the folks in Greater Minnesota are thinking.

While Esme Murphy may not remember it, I assure you our farmers haven’t forgotten the contemptuous way Walz referred to them. If Tina Smith wants to represent all of Minnesota, not just Hennepin and Ramsey County, she must disavow these comments.”

Lewis and Smith will face off in their first debate today at 11:30 a.m. at the virtual Minnesota FarmFest 2020. Register to watch the forum here.


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In First Debate of 2020, Smith Shows Complete Disregard for Difficulties Farmers are Facing

In First Debate of 2020, Smith Shows Complete Disregard for Difficulties Farmers are Facing

August 4, 2020

EAGAN, Minn. — U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement after facing off with Senator Tina Smith during Minnesota FarmFest’s virtual U.S. Senate forum.

“I was pleased to highlight my accomplishments for the agricultural community during the 115th Congress and explain my plans to support Minnesota farmers in the United States Senate in these challenging times.

For decades, the Democratic Party has pretended to be an ally to farmers, but as one their own leaders used to say, ‘that dog won’t hunt.’ Years of failed, globalist policies and out of touch politicians concerned with catering to the New York and Hollywood elite have failed Minnesota’s farmers time and time again. And there is nobody that embodies these failures more than Senator Tina Smith.

Tina Smith’s lack of understanding on the issues that matter most to Minnesota’s agricultural community was on full display today during the FarmFest debate. While I have visited eight farms, ethanol plants and held roundtables this spring, Tina Smith has been to only one farm. By hunkering down in Hennepin County, she shows her complete disregard for the difficulties family farms are having with these overreaching ‘lockdowns’ she still supports. No wonder Tina Smith refuses to denounce Governor Tim Walz’s dismissive and arrogant description of Greater Minnesota as ‘mostly rocks and cows.’

Tina Smith has put politics in front of policy—whether COVID relief or the USMCA, both of which she helped delay. Unlike Smith, I have been a vocal advocate for farmers: pushing for crop insurance to be extended to livestock farmers, delisting dangerous predators, repealing WOTUS, doubling the estate tax exemption, voting for the Farm Bill twice, and calling for protections for Red River Valley sugar beet farmers. I am also vehemently opposed to the Green New Deal—but while Smith said today she too was against it, that’s not how she voted when the issue was up in the Senate. Refusing to stand up to the radicals in her party by voting ‘nay,’ she instead voted ‘present’ on the measure. 

The contrast between Tina Smith and I could not be clearer. Tina Smith lives in an urban ‘lockdown’ bubble, completely disconnected from the reality our farmers are facing. Our agricultural community deserves a leader that will listen to their concerns, understand their challenges, and fight for them every day. I look forward to being their fiercest advocate when I am elected to the U.S. Senate.”

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Ag Community

Ag Community

To Minnesota’s Farmers and Agricultural Leaders:

As you know more than most, these are trying times for our family farms.

From last year’s horrible planting season and the delay of the USMCA to the unique challenges brought on by the coronavirus lockdown, Minnesota’s farmers have faced one hardship after another.

I understand the struggles our farmers are facing and was looking forward to talking with many of you at FarmFest this year. Sadly, it’s been cancelled so I wanted to reach out and tell you why I’ve been a leading voice for protecting Minnesota’s agricultural interests.

Livestock farmers in Minnesota, particularly hog farmers, have received increased attention in recent months due to processing plants being shut down over coronavirus concerns. Back in April, I called for the agricultural provisions in the CARES Act to be invoked so the USDA could expand their assistance to a wider range of agricultural producers. I also called for discussion around extending crop insurance to livestock farmers. Their plight is having a trickle-down effect which is now impacting every farm in Minnesota, and our leaders are doing all farmers a disservice by inadequately addressing this problem.

I believe 2020 will be a determinative year for agriculture. Not only do we have to recover from a pandemic, there are many critical issues that need to be addressed if our family farms are going to continue to thrive for generations to come.

Tax reform is a fundamental issue for Minnesota farmers. In Congress, I was a staunch supporter of the Farm Bureau-endorsed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act which included doubling the estate tax exemption from roughly 5.5 million to 11 million. I also voted for the 2018 House Farm Bill both times. There were many critical provisions in that piece of legislation, including food stamp reform which continues to be necessary in order to make certain allocated funds actually go to family farms.

Health care reform is another topic that frequently comes up when I am talking with farmers. Premiums, deductibles, and co-pays are skyrocketing under the Affordable Care Act. The necessity for health care reform is essential when it comes to adequately meeting both our farmers’ needs and their families. That’s why I fought so hard for health care reform while in Congress, and I will make it my aim to once again push for healthcare reform and deliver quality healthcare to our farmers when I am elected Senator.

Lastly, we must continue to push back on environmental extremism that is encroaching on the ability or our farmers to earn a living. In Congress, I was an original co-sponsor of a bill aimed at repealing the costly WOTUS regulations. I also voted in favor of removing the Endangered Species Act protection for gray wolves. And I was a vocal support of ending burdensome EPA reporting requirements that were never intended to impact farms in the first place.

Keeping agriculture in Minnesota profitable requires continuing to pursue free and fair trade deals, granting equitable tax treatment for family farms, and significant regulatory reform. I was proud to tackle many of these issues when I served in the 115th Congress and hope to be able to continue the job in the Senate.

I look forward to working with you and being a bold advocate for Minnesota’s farmers!

Jason Lewis

Candidate for U.S. Senate

Lewis Blasts Walz’s & Smith’s Continued Support of Heavy-Handed Lockdown Measures

Lewis Blasts Walz’s & Smith’s Continued Support of Heavy-Handed Lockdown Measures

July 30, 2020

EAGAN, Minn. — U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement after Governor Tim Walz announced his administration’s heavy-handed, top-down mandates on school reopening.

“For months now, I have been urging Minnesota’s political leaders to rethink their punitive lockdown strategy of closing businesses, limiting the right to assemble including worship, and keeping our kids out of school. We even sued the Governor over this. Naturally, Senator Tina Smith continues her disappearing act while Governor Tim Walz continues to act like a tin pot dictator.

Rather than leave this decision where it belongs, with local school boards, Governor Walz insists on implementing draconian regulations in order for schools to re-open this fall, including giving the Commissioners of Education and Health the ‘authority to close schools, charter schools, and school districts or to curtail school activity.’ It begs the question if this is a backdoor attempt to have schools remain shut down indefinitely.

Around the world, primary and secondary schools are reopening because the risks of keeping our children socially isolated far outweigh the risks of sending them back to school. It is unconscionable to think otherwise. There are too many studies to cite that have chronicled the toll this prolonged ‘summer slide’ has taken our kids. Not to mention the devastation to our children’s social and emotional development which is evident in the rise of mental health problems from a forced quarantine at such a young and vulnerable age.

In Minnesota, there has been one death of a young person under the age of 19 attributable to the virus, and numerous international studies show transmission among children in schools appears exceedingly low, if not nonexistent. 

Those interested in ‘following the science’ can look no further than the American Academy of Pediatrics as well as the CDC, but I’ll trust the parents who are demanding their kids return to the classroom. That’s why I support the U.S. Senate’s recent pandemic plan to offer real school choice to those parents and students whose schools remain shut and opt for ineffective distance learning or whose districts suffer under a government union-led ‘safety strike.’ This Republican plan allocates $70 billion for K-12 education to help schools reopen. It also requires that states like Minnesota offer funds for homeschooling or a private alternative should public schools stay closed. Of course, my opponent, Senator Tina Smith, opposes this choice option. At the very least, property tax rebates are in order so that parents are not paying for schools not to teach in the most effective manner. Anything else is a public breach of contract for our kids.” 

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Vice President Pence Endorses Jason Lewis for Senate on the Heels of New Polling

Vice President Pence Endorses Jason Lewis for Senate on the Heels of New Polling

July 28, 2020

EAGAN, Minn. — U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement condemning Governor Tim Walz’s statewide mask mandate.

EAGAN, Minn. — U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement announcing the endorsement of Vice President Mike Pence.  

“I am honored to have Vice President Mike Pence’s endorsement in our race for U.S. Senate. Office seekers are always saying the current election is the most important ever, but I truly believe 2020 will be pivotal both for Minnesota and America. The people of Minnesota have seen firsthand the destruction caused by Democrat policies. Our communities have been destroyed by rioters, our leaders openly promote socialism, and radicals in positions of power want to defund the police and shutter schools. 

All the while, Senator Tina Smith stays hunkered down in her basement raising special interest money—from Planned Parenthood to multinationals outsourcing Minnesota jobs to China. Minnesotans cannot afford any more of this—it’s time to elect people who will actually fight to preserve our way of life, our freedom, and the Constitution that protects both. 

Naturally, Tina Smith just endorsed Ilhan Omar and her radical agenda, but as Democrats continue to alienate Minnesotans of all political stripes with their plunge into lawlessness and socialism, Minnesota continues to be a key battleground state of 2020, including my race for Senate. Having only lost by just over one point in 2016, President Donald Trump has shown that statewide victory for Minnesota Republicans is within our grasp. New polling released yesterday even shows the race between President Trump and Joe Biden is within the margin of error.

The support our campaign continues to receive from the President and Vice President is beyond humbling, and I look forward to supporting them in the United States Senate just as I did in the House as a member of the 115th Congress.”

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