Josh Kraushaar, Politics Editor at the National Journal, joined Fox News Radio's Guy Benson and Marie Harf to discuss the biggest campaign blunders of 2018 and more.
On ranking the GOP making the midterms a culture war as the number one campaign blunder in 2018: The blunder starts from the top in the fact that President Trump himself refused to use his Twitter feed, to use his bully pulpit to talk about basically what's been one of the best economic period of growth in quite some time and instead focus on the more culturally polarizing issues like immigration, the security, bringing up Colin Kaepernick, the NFL and all that stuff. (1:58)
On other big screw ups by campaigns: Here's the good one that has some actual relevance looking forward to 2020, the Arizona Senate race with Martha McSally and Krysten Sinema. Martha McSally had a primary. She had to go to the right in the primary, but even when she won the nomination, even though she was running against the Democrat who was trying to position herself in the middle, senator-elect Krysten Sinema, McSally tied herself to President Trump as closely as any Republican Senate candidate on a ballot even though Arizona is a Republican leaning state, but it's not one that is all filled with Trump supporters. (4:35)
On Joe Crowley's loss in the primary: He was the guy that was next in line for speakership. What's the old saying? 90% of success is showing up. He was so confident that he was going to win his primary that he sent a surrogate, someone who would represent the campaign to show up at a debate. If he just showed up to campaigns, if he just did his political homework back home he'd be a congressman. We wouldn't be talking about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and he'd probably be the next speaker. (6:48)
On how Heidi Hietkamp's mistake happened: She blamed it on a campaign staffer. We don't know if it was someone who got fired or there was some shakeup in the campaign. She apologized at one of the debates after that mistake was made. The first thing she said was an apology to the people that she named without their permission. Like you said, she even named people who weren't victims of sexual abuse in the ad. That's as big a blunder as you can possibly get in a campaign. (8:02)
On how the two parties are looking back at the midterm: The funny thing is even though I don't think either party should be satisfied with how things stand looking ahead to 2020, I think if you're the Republican Party you've got to look at that massive wipe-out in the suburbs... Midterm elections are a referendum. Presidential elections are a choice and I think the worry for Democrats is that who they nominate, the type of candidate they nominate, is going to make a whole lot of difference in their success. (10:30)