Sherrod Brown and Kamala Harris: Two Peas in a Pod?

Sherrod Brown continued to welcome his senatorial comrade from California, Sen. Kamala Harris, to Ohio with open arms on Monday, hoping she would open up some powerful checkbooks.

It’s no surprise the Harris-Brown team is campaigning together in Ohio​. They share in common a lot of policy goals, from single-payer healthcare to open borders, and Ohio is a swing state the Democrats are desperate to recapture after the debacle of 2016.

On healthcare:  Harris is a cosponsor of Bernie Sanders’ $32.6 trillion plan for government-run healthcare, and while Brown has tried to moderate himself this election season, he’s a longtime supporter of the public option.

On sanctuary cities: As California’s top-cop, Kamala Harris consistently stood in the way of border security and is an avid supporter of sanctuary cities. Brown too has helped shield sanctuary cities from the law and order of the Trump administration.

On national security: Harris and Brown have both supported agreements like the Iran Deal that hurt our allies and threatened our nation’s prosperity.

Both voted against tax cuts for working families: Both Brown and Harris want to reverse the Republican economic agenda that has brought back thousands of jobs and helped the average Ohio family save about $2,200 per year.

A Brown-Harris ticket for 2020?

So, it’s no wonder speculation has swirled about a Brown/Harris Democratic ticket in 2020. Or would it be Harris/Brown? Either way, they’re “two peas in a pod,” says Mandi Merritt, spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee.

“Sherrod Brown’s agenda on border security, government-run healthcare and raising taxes better aligns with California than it does with Ohio,” she said. “Kamala Harris may help Brown energize his resist-and-obstruct base, but their vision of big government will only further alienate working-class voters who are disenfranchised with the circus that the Democratic Party has become today – a circus that is led by Sherrod Brown and Kamala Harris.”

Brown has served 25 years in Washington, first in the U.S. House followed by two terms in the Senate. He is being challenged in the Nov. 6 election by U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci (R-OH-16).

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Anthony Accardi is a writer and reporter for The Ohio Star.







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