Conservative PAC takes aim at Warren during book tour

BOSTON — America Rising PAC, a conservative group that hounded Hillary Clinton following the release of her book, "Hard Choices," in 2014, is about to do the same to Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Warren’s latest book, "This Fight is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class," will be released on Tuesday. She’ll set out on a book tour with stops in New York and Massachusetts this week.

“We view book launch as the soft launch of her presidential campaign. We’ll do the same to her as we did with Hillary Clinton in 2014,” said America Rising executive director Colin Reed.

In 2014, the group maintained a "war room" that monitored Clinton’s media appearances in conjunction with her book.

The group plans a similar strategy with Warren. It will build and maintain opposition research, use video tracking, FOIA and public records, and deploy rapid response communications to “make Warren’s life difficult” during her 2018 Senate re-election, according to a memo outlining the group’s efforts. The memo also said the goal is "to damage her 2020 prospects.”

Warren denies that the book is any sort of kickoff to the 2020 election. “This is my 11th book and books are part of the way I fight for what I believe in,” Warren told POLITICO last week. “Right now, I believe we’ve all got to be in the fight and that’s why the book is called ‘This Fight is Our Fight.’”

Warren is not the sole focus of America Rising’s efforts. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in New York, New Jersey Sen. Corey Booker, California Sen. Kamala Harris, and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are also targets for the group.

But there is particular emphasis on Warren. “She is the titular head of the Democratic party, with enormous sway regardless of whether she runs for president,” Reed said.

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