by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
By the November elections, Pence may complete more than 50 events promoting the new tax law, a White House official familiar with the planning told the Washington Examiner. He is expected to have spoken at over two dozen by the end of April. …
It is part of a larger campaign blitz by the vice president ahead of what figures to be a challenging midterm election cycle. Historically, the party in power loses seats, and while Trump’s approval ratings have rebounded somewhat recently, they are still in the 40s.
Since January, Pence has spoken to a donor event for Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., campaigned for unsuccessful Republican candidate Rick Saccone in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District, and raised money for Rep. Andy Barr, R-Ky. Heller and Barr are top Democratic targets this fall.
But the tax law is viewed by many Republicans as critical to their chances. It is the single biggest joint policy accomplishment Trump shares with the GOP congressional majorities, and both the savings to individual taxpayers it produces and the economic growth it stimulates represent the best chances to boost the popularity of the president and his party’s candidates. Pence is good at staying on message.