- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The head of the Republican National Committee is confident that the national party could “defy history” in the midterm elections, saying the GOP has a record of accomplishment to run on and Democrats are flailing around looking for a message.

RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel said Wednesday that voters recognize that President Trump and the GOP-controlled Congress have pursued policies that have strengthen the economy and allowed them to keep more of their hard-earned money.

“So we are going to have something to run on,” she said on CNN. “Democrats right now are struggling to find a message. Their only message is, ‘Let’s defeat President Trump, we want to run against President Trump,’ but they are not putting forward a vision for the American people.”

Mrs. McDaniel said the strong turnout for Republicans in Texas shows that voters are happy with Mr. Trump and that bodes well for the party.

“We know historically that that first midterm of a sitting president, that the opposition party has a high turnout,” she said. “We have seen that in these special elections. We have been preparing for that at the RNC, recognizing that Obama lost 60 seats in his first midterm. Clinton lost seats. I mean this is where the historical trends are. We want to defy history, and we have something to run on.”

• Seth McLaughlin can be reached at smclaughlin@washingtontimes.com.

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