Barrasso: This Election Is “Like A Knife Fight In A Phone Booth”

Sen. Barrasso said this year's election season has been like "hand-to-hand combat" and "like a knife fight in a phone booth."

Ellen Fike

November 02, 20202 min read

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(Cowboy State Daily Staff)

Tuesday will mark the end of the election season, at least for a while, but U.S. Sen. John Barrasso said it could be an interesting watch, especially for many of his Senate colleagues.

Many of the races are going to be close, Barrasso said, and he compared some to “hand-to-hand combat” and “like a knife fight in a phone booth” during an appearance on Fox News on Friday.

“There is so much at stake here,” Barrasso told host Harris Faulkner. “The Republicans are fighting to grow the economy. The Democrats want to … grow the government. The Senate is the firewall.”

Faulkner asked Barrasso whether it was helpful or distracting when President Donald Trump made appearances in critical Senate election states, such as Colorado and Michigan.

The senator felt it was helpful for Trump to make appearances and stump for certain candidates, even while campaigning himself. This was especially important since the president and U.S. Senate are so closely linked, he said.

Barrasso then returned to a talking point he’s leaned on heavily in recent months: why former Vice President Joe Biden would be bad for the country if elected president.

“He’s willing to shut down the economy, he’s willing to eliminate millions of jobs,” the senator. “Item for item, Joe Biden is wrong.”

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