Meet The Man Who Wants To Be The Vote To Block Biden:

Written By BlabberBuzz | Wednesday, 26 January 2022 12:00
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Adam Laxalt, the Nevada Republican, leading his party for the Senate in the Silver State, offered a modest menu of agenda items he intends to seek should the GOP win a majority of seats in the chamber in the midterm elections. The biggest agenda is using control of the floor, and key Senate committees, to conduct fierce oversight of President Joe Biden and his administration. Laxalt also promotes the Republican majority he hopes to usher in to look deeper into the Russian investigation that consumed Washington during most of former President Donald Trump's term.

"If we have a majority, we have to be willing to use the investigatory powers of the Senate," Laxalt said this month in an interview with the Washington Examiner. "First and foremost, my job is to win this race and help gain the majority back for Republicans and be the 51st Senate seat. I'm not sure there's anything more to do than stop this radical, leftist march of the Biden Administration."

Republicans have been targeted by Democrats for pitching the House and Senate majorities they are campaigning to win in November primarily as backstops against Biden — until 2024, at least, at which point they hope to recapture the White House as well. Some Republicans even admit they find that approach uninspiring and small-minded. But there is something pragmatic and politically practical about this process. To begin with, Biden's job approval ratings are tragic — running to put the brakes on his agenda is effective messaging.

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However, it seems Laxalt and other Republicans might have learned from past mistakes. In midterm campaigns with a Democrat in the White House, in 2010 and 2014, Republicans made all sorts of assurances about what they would do if they won the majority, such as repealing and replacing Obamacare. Republicans did so even though they were never going to win the power to achieve that and many other guarantees in those two midterm contests. How did Republican voters react? They were mad.

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In that context, Laxalt's focus on blocking Biden might be politically sensible, although the former Nevada attorney general said he has more ambitious goals for his Senate tenure in the long term.

"I would hope to be part of a new generation of senators [who are] on offense," Laxalt said. "I want to be part of fighting to save my state and my country."

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Laxalt, 43, is launching his first bid for Senate four years after losing his campaign for governor in a Democratic wave election. A Trump supporter and often critical of the GOP establishment, Laxalt is the unanimous choice of his party to challenge incumbent Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto — a strong candidate difficult to dislodge, even if 2022 unfolds as a Republican wave.

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