A political analyst and former Republican leader believes that candidates who espouse traditional American values are going to fare well in next year's midterm elections.
President Donald Trump’s former Chief Strategist Steve Bannon has laid down the gauntlet and is declaring war on every 2018 Senate incumbent – except Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).
In the wake of Judge Roy Moore's GOP Senate primary victory in Alabama – and the retirement announcement of Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), the populist movement that propelled Trump into the White House last year could be fully energized in 2018.
Tom Pauken, a former chairman of the Republican Party of Texas who served as a Trump delegate at last year's Republican National Convention, is pleased that Bannon has set his sights on defeating incumbent Democrats such as Sherrod Brown in Ohio and Wisconsin’s Tammy Baldwin.
"If a Republican candidate runs as a populist, runs in favor of bringing jobs home to America, ending illegal immigration, controlling our borders – that's a winning strategy,” Pauken insisted. “And a Republican – if he does that – I think has a good chance of competing against the Democrat."
Pauken also believes that candidates who run on traditional American values are going to attract voters next year.
"I think Americans are getting fed up with this cultural libertinism and this secular fundamentalism – which has really overtaken the intellectual community and overtaken the Democratic Party,” the conservative leader asserted. “And I think that's a winning part of the strategy – to be supportive of traditional values."
Pauken maintains that candidates like Moore in Alabama and Marsha Blackburn in Tennessee are candidates who fit this mold.