The GOP plan to dump former President Barack Obama for a third term in 2018 is on track to pass the Senate with a bipartisan majority, according to a new poll.
A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll finds that 47 percent of voters support the GOP plan, which would end the president’s term and replace him with a vice president chosen by the Senate.
But it would also require the approval of a simple majority of the Senate, the same hurdle Democrats face now.
“It’s very important that the Republicans keep the Senate in the balance and get the support they need,” said Republican pollster Celinda Lake.
“But we are very confident that we can get the 51 votes that we need.”
Democrats need 51 votes to pass any bill that will replace the president.
They must gain 52 votes to break a filibuster, and they need a simple 60 vote threshold to pass a measure.
The poll was conducted from January 20-23 and surveyed 1,004 registered voters nationwide.
The margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.
*GOP wants ‘drain the swamp’ to replace Obama: poll // Politico // Matt Fuller – January 20, 2016* The Republican Party has a plan to replace former President Obama with a “drainthe swamp” vice president in the 2018 midterm elections, and Republicans are not about to let President Donald Trump run the country.
Republicans have released their 2018 platform for their party, and it includes language that suggests removing Obama’s legacy and “putting in place a President and Vice President who are both proven to be trustworthy and trustworthy people who will lead our country forward.”
The party also pledges to nominate a president who is “an American first,” a phrase that comes up in the platform frequently.
“The President and the Vice President will be responsible for putting America first,” reads the platform, which was released by the National Republican Senatorial Committee on Thursday.
“We want a President who understands the importance of American jobs, and an Administration that understands how to work with Congress to create jobs and get things done.
We also want a Vice President and Cabinet who are able to be a true partner to our country.”
The GOP platform also calls for “a new American foreign policy focused on rebuilding the American military and rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure,” and to “support the national defense and national security of our country, and our allies.”
Democrats, however, argue that the GOP platform, like the party’s current legislative agenda, is largely symbolic.
“This platform doesn’t represent what Republicans are proposing,” said Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. “What it does represent is the Republicans’ plan to gut Medicare and Medicaid and replace the Affordable Care Act with something that they can’t get to 51 votes.”
A Republican strategist said the party would not be rushing to put the platform on the ballot in 2018 if it did not have a chance of passing.
“I’m confident that if you’re going to go forward with this platform and put it on the floor, you’re only going to be able to pass it once and that’s not going to happen unless it’s a bipartisan platform,” said the strategist, who asked to remain anonymous.
The plan is similar to what the GOP has been pushing for in the past.
Republicans passed the Republican healthcare bill in the House and Senate in late January.
And in the months that followed, Republican leaders said they were moving toward replacing Obama’s signature domestic policy achievements with a plan that could pass in the Senate and be signed by Trump.
Senate Republicans passed their bill last week, with Vice President Mike Pence as the lone holdout.
But in a joint news conference with Pence, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said the legislation would “immediately” replace Obamacare, and said he and Trump would work together on a replacement plan.
“So I think the idea that you’re trying to rush it through without a plan and with a timetable that is not necessarily what you want to see,” Ryan said, “is just wrong.”
The plan also includes a series of proposals that include funding for infrastructure and public education, and more targeted immigration enforcement.
The party’s new platform also seeks to cut back on the federal budget deficit, eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood and defund Planned Parenthood for health services.
The platform also promises to reduce the national debt, eliminate the federal debt, and end the use of “bailouts and special interest money.”
It also calls on Republicans to eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency, which Ryan said would end “with the stroke of a pen.”
Republicans have also pushed for a “new national security strategy” that would include “national security,” “national defense” and “international relations