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November 2, 2018 Press Releases

Trump Jr. Tries to Save Tarkanian’s Struggling Campaign


by Nevada Democrats

Donald Trump Jr. is in Las Vegas today, stumping for perennial candidate Danny Tarkanian. Tarkanian has come under criticism recently for a slew of scandals, including campaign surrogates pushing mail bomb conspiracy theories, his administration of a racist Facebook page, and his continuing mismanagement of a children’s charity.

Trump Jr.’s visit is an indication that the Republicans are deeply concerned about Danny’s troubled campaign. Tarkanian’s policy positions have made him unpopular with Nevada voters, who have rejected him in five consecutive elections.

Tarkanian’s policies are out-of-step with Nevadans:

  • Tarkanian opposes protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
  • Tarkanian promised to vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act in its entirety.
  • Tarkanian said that minimum health care standards for insurance should be eliminated.
  • Tarkanian supports Washington Republicans' plans to impose an age tax on seniors.
  • Tarkanian argues for cutting Social Security and Medicare for millions of seniors by raising the retirement age by as much as 20 years.
  • Tarkanian supports bringing the nation’s nuclear waste to Nevada.
  • Tarkanian flip-flopped on background checks for gun purchases and on banning bump stocks.

Nevada State Democratic Party Chair William McCurdy II released the following statement:

“Danny Tarkanian is running a backwards, out-of-touch campaign that does not reflect Nevada values. Danny’s platform is designed to help Washington special interests by cutting Social Security, providing more tax cuts for corporations, and bringing nuclear waste to Yucca mountain. We can take Danny at his word when he says he will be a ‘solid vote for Donald Trump.’ Danny’s long record of scandals and scams makes him unfit for office, and the voters will agree a sixth time on Tuesday. Voters have a better choice. Susie Lee has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to fighting for working families, and that’s why we need her in Washington.”

Background on Danny Tarkanian’s Scandals:

  • Danny received a $16 million bailout from the FDIC for a failed "equestrian destination resort" in California.
  • Danny funneled $40,000 from a children’s basketball charity into one of his political campaigns.
  • Danny’s real estate businesses racked up significant penalties from the IRS, including $23,000 in back taxes, interest, penalties, and fees.

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