Trump Campaign Runs Full-Page Ad on Morning of Dem Debates: Candidates 'All the Same,' Want to 'Wreck America'

As 2020 candidates prepare their policy talking points for this week's Democratic primary debates, President Donald Trump's reelection campaign this morning ran full-page, color newspaper advertisements in local Detroit newspapers attacking the presidential hopefuls.

"They are all the same," the advertisement read. "Democrat plans to wreck America [via] government takeover of health care, eliminating private health insurance, decriminalizing illegal border crossing, free health care for illegal immigrants, big government socialism, raising taxes to pay for it all."

The lower half of the poster lists Trump's "record of accomplishments," which includes "nearly 6 million new jobs, almost 500,000 manufacturing jobs and 625,000 construction jobs, lowest unemployment in half a century, historic low unemployment for women, blacks and Latinos," among other things.

The advertisement ran in the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News on Tuesday morning, on the same day of the first evening of the second wave of Democratic debates in the city.

In a statement emailed to Newsweek, the Trump 2020 campaign said the advertisement contrasts "Democrats' disastrous plans for America with President Trump's clear record of accomplishments."

"The ad notes that unemployment has hit its lowest level in half a century, paychecks are rising for 90 percent of Americans, and unemployment among blacks, Latinos, and women is historically low," the Trump campaign added. "The ad also credits the President for strengthening America's trade deals."

2020 front-runners Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren will take the stage tonight, kicking off the second presidential debates in Detroit. Similar to the first round that was hosted by MSNBC in June, the second round, hosted by CNN, will feature 20 qualifying candidates, split into two groups.

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke and Senator Amy Klobuchar will join Sanders and Warren on stage tonight, as well as former Maryland congressman John Delaney, former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper, Ohio congressman Tim Ryan, author Marianne Williamson and Montana governor Steve Bullock.

CNN chief political correspondent Dana Bush, CNN Tonight anchor Don Lemon and The Lead anchor Jake Tapper will be moderating the event.

Ahead of the debates, polls show Biden leading the field with an average of 32 percent, according to RealClearPolitics. Sanders came in at second place with an average of 16.2 percent, with Warren and Harris trailing closely behind, garnering 14 and 10.5 percent respectively.

Buttigieg also made it into the top five candidates with 5.7 percent.

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US President Donald Trump speaks prior to signing HR 1327, an act to permanently authorize the September 11th victim compensation fund, during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, July 29, 2019. Trump's reelection campaign on Tuesday slammed 2020 Democratic candidates with a full-page advertisement in the Detroit Free Press on the same day as the first round of debates in the city. Saul Loeb/Getty