GOP Groups Have Already Started Incorporating Afghanistan Messaging Into 2022 Campaign Messaging

Republican groups dedicated to restoring the party’s majority in Congress are wasting no time using President Joe Biden’s much-criticized handling of the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan to undercut Democrats running for Congress.

The National Republican Congressional Committee is targeting House Democrats running for reelection in suburban swing districts, including some who defeated incumbent Republicans in 2018 on the strength of their national security pedigrees. This includes Democratic Reps. Andy Kim of New Jersey, Elissa Slotkin of Michigan, Abigail Spanberger of Virginia, and Sharice Davids of Kansas.

The House GOP campaign arm is using what many political and foreign policy observers are referring to as Biden’s “botched” management of the U.S. pullout from Afghanistan to make a broader argument the president and his Democratic allies in Congress are incompetent leaders whose policies put American national security at risk while causing runaway inflation, rising crime, and breakdown of law and order at the southern border.

Congressional Leadership Fund, the super PAC aligned with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, echoed the NRCC’s messaging.

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