Lewis Blasts “Manchurian Candidate” Smith for Financial Ties to Communist China
October 16th, 2020
EAGAN, Minn. — In a recent editorial, U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis blasted Senator Tina Smith for her financial ties to Communist China, dubbing her the “Manchurian candidate.” According to the United States Senate Financial Disclosures Report from August 2020, Tina Smith’s husband owns between $50,001 and $100,000 in stocks for YUM! Brands, Inc. out of China, which held $2.1 billion in offshore tax havens and had 60 tax haven subsidiaries in 2017, and between $15,001 and $50,000 in stocks for Yum China Holdings, Inc. which held $1.5 billion in offshore tax havens and had 26 tax haven subsidiaries in 2017. Additionally, according to FEC records, Smith’s campaign has taken over $70,000 this cycle from corporate PACs that outsource American jobs to China.
“In the wake of new emails showing Hunter Biden involved in a quid pro quo with Chinese Communist Party officials involving payment in exchange for a meeting with then-Vice President Joe Biden, it raises new and serious doubt about Democrats’ ability and willingness to get tough on Communist China if elected.
“For example, Senator Tina Smith would rather line her campaign’s pockets than ensure Minnesotans have the jobs they deserve. The fact is Senator Smith is reliant on donations from corporations who outsource American jobs to foreign countries. Just this cycle, Smith has taken over $70,000 from corporations with a proven track record of outsourcing jobs to Communist China. And it’s not just her campaign that is profiting from ties to China. Senator Smith’s husband owns as much as $150,000 in stock holdings of China-based companies that Smith is personally profiting from. No wonder she won’t get tough on China!
“Meanwhile, Senator Smith has delayed and criticized trade deals that would boost domestic production and continues to block efforts to bring jobs back to America, especially critical mining jobs in northern Minnesota. While we import 80% of rare-earth minerals from China, potential copper and nickel mines sit idle on the Iron Range, thanks to environmental radicals like Senator Smith. We could safely and responsibly mine for copper and nickel here, giving the Iron Range a massive economic boost, but Senator Smith would rather send those jobs to China.
“In contrast, President Trump and I are fighting for American workers, manufacturing, jobs and a strong economy. From miners to farmers, I will always put Minnesota first. There’s a clear choice this November for who will fight for Minnesota jobs and the economy, and it’s not Tina Smith.”
Lewis Demands Smith Return Big Tech Money
October 15th, 2020
EAGAN, Minn. — U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement calling on Senator Tina Smith to return the campaign contributions she has received from big tech monopolies in the wake of latest censorship attempts.
“Big tech and the mainstream news media are no longer fair and honest arbiters, but instead are acting as partisan activists bordering on election interference. Especially so when big tech platforms that are supposedly pledged to neutrality censor published stories revealing corruption involving their preferred Presidential candidate, Joe Biden.
“Senator Tina Smith has taken more than $14,000 dollars from big tech monopolies since getting to the Senate—including $5,000 dollars from Facebook—which I call upon her to return immediately. Her failure to do so would merely be the latest indication of how compromised she’s become in Washington, whether the donors are from Silicon Valley or from multinationals outsourcing American jobs to China.
“Unlike Senator Smith and her big business allies, I will always be a staunch supporter of free speech and accountability. That’s why when I’m elected, I pledge to immediately begin work on ending big tech’s exemption from liability under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996.
“How little we’ve apparently learned from Orwell’s warning that ‘the chief danger to freedom of thought and speech at this moment is not the direct interference of the [government] or any official body. If publishers and editors exert themselves to keep certain topics out of print, it is not because they are frightened of prosecution but because they are frightened of public opinion.'”
Lewis Tests Negative Again
October 15th, 2020
EAGAN, Minn. — Jason Lewis for Senate released the following statements today.
“I’m pleased to report that Congressman Lewis received another negative test result today after self-quarantining for over a week now. He’s been feeling fine, symptom free, and is looking forward to a return to the campaign trail in the coming days,” said Communications Director Christine Snell.
In a statement, Lewis said, “I can’t wait to get back on the road again because Minnesota voters deserve answers on things like packing the Supreme Court or holding up COVID relief—even if Joe Biden and Tina Smith don’t think so. It’s more than a bit ironic as we head back out to talk with voters, that the lockdown narrative seems to be falling apart. No doubt, Democrats thought that shutting down the robust Trump economy and keeping Republicans like me off the campaign trail as much as possible might help them, but now even the WHO admits that it was more about politics than public health.
“By declaring that the lockdowns were ineffective, the WHO now appears to be teeing up the ball for Democrats to lift all the lockdowns immediately after Election Day, should they win. If this happens, we’ll all know that the real purpose of the lockdowns was to fear-monger and keep Republicans off the campaign trail, something I’ve suspected from the beginning of this public health challenge.
“Instead of Tina Smith lecturing Minnesotans over their understandable desire to return to a more normal life, she ought to stop using COVID as cover to avoid answering so many questions that voters are asking, like will she pack the Supreme Court with more justices if and when Judge Barrett is rightfully confirmed?”
National Federation of Independent Business Endorses Lewis as Pro-Small Business Candidate
October 14th, 2020
EAGAN, Minn. — Today, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) announced their endorsement of U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis, citing his “proven record of supporting pro-small business legislation.”
“We have no doubt that Jason Lewis will be a true advocate for Minnesota’s small businesses in the U.S. Senate,” said Mike Hickey, NFIB’s Minnesota State Director. “He has a proven record of supporting pro-small business legislation and earned a 100% NFIB voting record in the United States House of Representatives. He also understands the issues that our members care about firsthand as a former small business owner himself. On behalf of our members in Minnesota, we are proud to endorse Jason Lewis for election to the U.S. Senate.”
In a statement, Lewis said, “I am proud to have the endorsement of the NFIB. The work we did in the 115th Congress, including the tax cuts I helped pass, led to the best economy in American history, and I look forward to continuing this progress in the Senate. This is especially important as we recover from the pandemic. We must lift once and for all the onerous lockdown measures that have suffocated businesses of all sizes and continue to push direct COVID relief to help businesses get back on their feet—something my opponent Senator Tina Smith has blocked three times now. Minnesota employers and employees deserve better!
“Being a champion for our small and independent business community also has personal significance to me. I grew up working for the family business, Lewis Motor Supply, Inc., and later took it over along with my sisters as it was passed down the family line. That experience cemented in me the importance of small businesses in our communities. They are one of our most crucial American institutions, and I look forward to being their biggest supporter in the U.S. Senate.”
See the endorsement letter here.
Smith Proves She’s Constitutionally Illiterate, Lewis Doubles Down on Support of Judge Barrett
October 12th, 2020
EAGAN, Minn. — U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement after the first day of Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.
“Before the hearings even started, Senator Tina Smith pledged to vote ‘no’ on Barrett’s confirmation because she says Barrett won’t rule the way she wants. This is wholly inappropriate. I have no idea how Judge Barrett is going to rule on anything, nor would I ask her if I were in the Senate today. These hearings should be focused on judicial philosophy, not Democrats’ policy-based litmus tests. But, coming from the party that also wants to pack the Court, it’s clear they have no regard for the separation of powers and the judicial branch.
“Constitutionally illiterate Democrats like Senator Tina Smith worry that Amy Coney Barrett will somehow undo Obamacare or other statutes because they think the Supreme Court makes laws; Republicans think judges must apply the law as written by legislators. Big difference.
“We need someone like Judge Barrett confirmed to the Court so she will interpret the Constitution as it is written, especially when it comes to the Second Amendment, which is more important than ever given Democrats’ efforts to abolish the police.”
Lewis Demands Smith Stop Hiding on Issue of Packing the Court on Press Call
October 11th, 2020
EAGAN, Minn. — U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement following a virtual press conference today.
“Senator Tina Smith is following Joe Biden’s lead by refusing to tell the voters whether she’s on board with Democrats’ radical plans to pack the Supreme Court if and when Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed. When asked about packing the Court in our last debate she said, ‘I’m not going there.’ Let me be clear, I’m not going to let Tina Smith get away with hiding from the voters on these vital issues. Not only must Judge Barrett receive a fair hearing this week and be confirmed, but let me add that I vehemently oppose packing the Court and see it as an assault on the separation of powers and on the judicial branch.
“It’s abundantly clear that Democrats want jurists who are going to rule their way on everything from allowing late-term and post-birth abortion to allowing seizures of guns and ammunition, and if that means shredding the Constitution and adding more justices to the Supreme Court because they don’t want to play by the rules with the justices currently comprising the Court? So be it. This assault on the constitutional separation of powers is a ‘clear and present’ danger to our very system of government and is the latest sign that Democrats are changing the rules in the middle of the game and undertaking the most radical path to power in American history.”
Statement from Lewis Campaign on Potential COVID Exposure
October 7th, 2020
EAGAN, Minn. — Jason Lewis for Senate Communications Director Christine Snell released the following statement:
“This morning, an individual who was in contact with Congressman Lewis on Monday tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with CDC guidelines, Congressman Lewis has begun the quarantine process and will be getting tested again. Congressman Lewis is currently feeling fine and displaying no symptoms. All campaign staffers who were in contact with Congressman Lewis since Monday are also self-quarantining and will be tested.”
Lewis Tests Negative, Returns to Campaign Trail
October 5th, 2020
EAGAN, Minn. — Today, U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement announcing his COVID test results.
“Although guidance from the Office of the Attending Physician of the House of Representatives as well as my own doctor suggests I did not meet the criteria of ‘close contact’ with the President, which is being within six feet for a duration of fifteen minutes, out of an overabundance of caution I nevertheless self quarantined for four days and got tested, and I’m pleased to say that I’ve been feeling fine, received negative tests results this morning, and will be returning to the campaign trail.
“The events of the last five days have laid bare the media’s slanted coverage of the President’s illness and raises several questions that Democrats and the media should now answer. First, where was the concern over mask-less rioters spreading the virus? Second, why is it that in numerous interviews I’ve done in the last few days, none revolved around Communist China lying and unleashing the Coronavirus on an unsuspecting public, including the highest levels of the U.S. government? Finally, if every detail about President Trump’s health is vital for the public to know, it’s high time ‘journalists’ start inquiring about Joe Biden’s—which by all objective accounts appears fragile to say the least. It strikes me that once again, this latest media frenzy is more about keeping a lockdown narrative going for the sake of the Democrat ticket than it is about public health.”
Lewis the Clear Victor in Debate Against Smith
October 2nd, 2020
EAGAN, Minn. — U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement after emerging victorious in another debate with Senator Tina Smith hosted by Minnesota Public Radio.
“The more we hear from Senator Tina Smith—which is rare because she hardly ever does public events or media interviews—the more we learn just how radical she is. No wonder Tina has ignored my debate challenges—she knows she doesn’t represent Minnesota values and doesn’t want to have to explain her radically liberal positions. From failing to condemn ANTIFA and the defund the police movement when given the chance, to dodging questions on Democrats’ plans to pack the Supreme Court, to distorting her record blocking COVID relief three times, Senator Smith made it clear she is trying to hide her radicalism from voters.
Senator Smith proved today beyond a shadow of a doubt she would be a danger to law and order, to Minnesota’s economy, and to the Constitution if she were to return to Washington.”
The debate will re-air tonight at 9:00pm on Minnesota Public Radio or you can watch a recording here.
Susan B. Anthony List Endorses Lewis for U.S. Senate
October 1st, 2020
EAGAN, Minn. — Today
the Susan B. Anthony List announced their endorsement of Jason Lewis
for U.S. Senate, citing his commitment to defending the most vulnerable
and being “a voice of common sense against abortion extremism at a
critical time in the Senate.”
“For nearly 30 years, the Susan B.
Anthony List has been providing a voice to the voiceless by fighting
against the left’s increasingly radical assault on life. It is apparent
we’ve moved past the life versus choice debate of old and we’ve moved
into a new era of extremism. My opponent Tina Smith, a Planned
Parenthood executive, is arguably the most radical anti-life politician
in America. She proved as much when she took to the floor of the United
States Senate to advocate for post-birth abortion and against the Born
Alive Act. With control of the Senate hanging in the balance and the
need to confirm conservative federal judges more glaring than ever, the
importance of this election outcome cannot be understated. I am proud
and honored to have the SBA list’s endorsement as we continue to fight
In an announcement of the endorsement, Marilyn
Musgrave, SBA List’s vice president of government affairs said, “As a
former vice president of Planned Parenthood, Smith advocated abortion on
demand and the funneling of taxpayer dollars to the big abortion
industry. Since coming to Washington, it’s been more of the same. She
has even helped block efforts to end late-term abortion and infanticide –
an abysmal record reflected in her ‘F’ rating on our National Pro-Life Scorecard. The contrast is stark and Minnesotans deserve better.”
Read the full endorsement here.