Our Revolution and PCCC endorse Brent Welder for Congress

New PPP poll shows labor attorney and Sanders delegate defeating Rep. Kevin Yoder. Progressive ideas popular in Kansas: Medicare for All, expanding Social Security, debt-free college, repealing Trump tax cuts

A poll released today by the PCCC (conducted by Public Policy Polling) shows Welder beating Yoder in a head-to-head among likely voters in KS-3 by 7 points, 49%-42%. The polling also shows economic populist issues promoted by Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are well-supported among voters, including Medicare for All, expanding Social Security benefits, debt-free college, repealing Trump’s tax cuts, and more. See below for more info on the new poll.Today, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Our Revolution jointly endorsed labor attorney and former Sanders delegate Brent Welder to replace Republican incumbent Kevin Yoder in Kansas’ 3rd Congressional District.

“As a long-time labor attorney who challenges corporate power, Brent is the bold fighter for working families that Kansans need in Congress,” said Stephanie Taylor, PCCC co-founder. “Brent’s victory in November will be emblematic of how Democrats must campaign to take back power in purple and red states across America -- not as corporate Blue Dogs, but as inspiring fighters for economic issues that working families talk about at their kitchen tables.”

As of the filing deadline ending December 31, Welder reported raising $255,749 from over 2,000 grassroots donations. His primary opponent, Mike McCamon, just jumped into the race with a motto "Leading from the Middle" and boasting that he has the "courage to compromise.”

“Brent Welder is emblematic of the kind of candidates stepping up all across the country to serve their communities by running for office,” said Our Revolution President Nina Turner. “Brent has dedicated his life’s work to defending union workers’ rights, ensuring that they are fairly compensated, not subjugated to unsafe conditions, and have access to quality affordable healthcare. We are proud to endorse this strong progressive advocate to represent the people Kansas in the U.S. House of Representatives.”

“People are tired of politicians who will say anything to get elected, without actually standing for anything,” said Welder. “We want honest leaders who will speak out, not sell out. I have always been upfront about where I stand on the pressing issues of the day. From day one I have called for bold solutions, such as the reinstatement of the assault weapons ban and Medicare for All. I couldn’t be prouder to be backed by two of the largest grassroots organizations in America, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Our Revolution. Together, our campaign is building the strongest door-to-door operation in the country.”

In 2016, Hillary Clinton won Kansas’s 3rd District over Donald Trump by 47.2% to 46%.

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee is a grassroots, progressive organization that has raised over $25 million for progressive candidates and committees since its founding in 2009 -- including over $1.17 million from over 70,000 small-dollar donations for Elizabeth Warren’s 2012 Senate run. The PCCC has over 1 million members nationwide, including over 5,000 in Kansas.

Our Revolution supports progressive champions at every level of government. By supporting candidates up and down the ballot, we are aiming to transform American politics to make our political and economic systems responsive to the needs of working families. Our Revolution has over 540 local groups in 49 states and seven countries.

Polling Data released today here:

Poll conducted for the Progressive Change Campaign Committee by Public Policy Polling, 315 likely voters in KS-3 surveyed Feb. 14-15, 2018. MOE +/-5.5%.

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of President Donald Trump’s job performance?

Approve  41%
Disapprove  56%
Unsure 3%

Q: If the general election for Congress were held today, and the candidates were Democrat Brent Welder and Republican Kevin Yoder, who would you be more likely to vote for?

Brent Welder 49%
Kevin Yoder 42%
Not sure 9%

Q: Which party do you believe stands more on the side of working people, Democrats or Republicans?

Democrats 50%
Republicans 40%
Not sure 10%

Now I'm going to ask you about some proposals being offered by candidates for Congress. After each, please tell me if you support or oppose it.

Q: Increase Social Security benefits and pay for that increase by having the wealthy pay the same rate into Social Security as everyone else.

Support 66%
Oppose 10%
Not sure 24%

Q: Allow the government to negotiate lower drug prices for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, which could save over a hundred billion dollars per year for taxpayers and seniors.

Support 82%
Oppose 7%
Not sure 12%

Q: Enact a national health plan in which all Americans would get their insurance through an expanded, universal form of Medicare.

Support 49%
Oppose 36%
Not sure 15%

Q: Give all Americans the choice of buying health insurance through Medicare or private insurers, which would provide competition for insurance companies and more options for consumers.

Support 69%
Oppose 12%
Not sure 19%

Q: Create a publicly-owned not-for-profit pharmaceutical company to compete against private drug companies, to create more competition in the marketplace and stop big drug companies from jacking up prices for our seniors.

Support 61%
Oppose 23%
Not sure 16%

Q: Provide federal financial assistance to states to make public colleges and universities more affordable, so that all students have access to debt-free college education in America.

Support 53%
Oppose 34%
Not sure 14%

Q: Save billions of dollars reversing tax cuts for the rich and eliminating tax loopholes for large corporations, and use that money to make long-term investments in rebuilding our roads, bridges, and schools.

Support 65%
Oppose 21%
Not sure 14%

Q: Overturn the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision and pass other laws to curb the influence of big-money in our politics.

Support 60%
Oppose 14%
Not sure 27%

Q: Protect Net Neutrality, the rule that protects equal access to the Internet, so that your phone or cable company cannot pick which websites work fast or slowly on your computer based on which company pays them the most money.

Support 66%
Oppose 17%
Not sure 17%

Q: Enact strong consumer protections so families are not ripped off or thrown into debt by the fine print used by credit card companies, big banks, and predatory lenders.

Support 63%
Oppose 20%
Not sure 17%

Q: Fully investigate the Wall Street bankers who caused the financial meltdown, and if they broke the law, prosecute and jail them.

Support 77%
Oppose 10%
Not sure 13%

Q: Fully investigate Russia's involvement in the 2016 presidential election, and if any Americans broke the law, prosecute and jail them.

Support 70%
Oppose 19%
Not sure 11%