Henry Rodgers, DCNF
Democrats in key midterm races and battleground states have continued to remain silent about the migrant caravan of roughly 7,000 people from Central America traveling through Mexico toward the U.S.
The Daily Caller News Foundation contacted the campaigns of 20 Democrats who are currently up for re-election in battleground states or in tight races. None responded or gave their views on the caravan.
TheDCNF reached out to the following Democrats about the migrant caravan, asking them how the U.S. should respond to the matter:
- Florida Sen. Bill Nelson
- Montana Sen. Jon Tester
- New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez
- Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams
- North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp
- Nevada Rep. Jacky Rosen
- Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly
- Arizona Senate candidate Kyrsten Sinema
- Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill
- Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin
- Tennessee Senate candidate Phil Bredesen
- Minnesota Sen. Tina Smith
- Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine
- Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow
- Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey
- Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown
- Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren
- California Sen. Dianne Feinstein
- Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy
- Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono
Democratic Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke’s campaign was the only one contacted that responded to TheDCNF, however, the campaign said he has not made a position on the caravan yet.
“Beto does not yet have a statement about the migrant caravan. Stay tuned,” an email from the campaign stated. “In general, Beto believes that immigrants help our state and country grow strong, safe, and prosperous and wants to ensure that immigrants have a lawful, earned path to citizenship.”
President Donald Trump and Republicans have strongly pushed back on the caravan, mentioning it at campaign rallies, on social media, and TV appearances. Trump made it clear Monday night that he would not allow the migrants into the U.S. no matter the case, and even said he will deploy troops to defend the borders, if necessary.
“We’re going to do whatever we have to, they’re not coming in,” Trump said to reporters Tuesday.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy mentioned his concern with the caravan on Fox News Wednesday, saying if Democrats win big in the Nov. 6 midterm elections, he fears House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democrats will push hard for open borders.
“We are worried about this caravan coming. But I am more worried what happens on November 6,” McCarthy said. “If we are not on successful on November 6, think what it would mean if Nancy Pelosi was speaker… Think about how many people would be coming.”
According to a majority of polling, Republicans are expected to lose control of the House but keep control in the Senate after the midterm elections. However, there is growing speculation that Republicans could be more successful than polls suggest.