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    WASHINGTON -- Joe Biden on Sunday slammed President Donald Trump and leading Senate Republicans for trying to jam through a replacement for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and urged more senators to stand with a pair of GOP colleagues who oppose the election-season rush.The extraordinary televised plea from the Democratic presidential candidate to Republican senators reflected the ferocious maneuvering that has followed Ginsburg's death at 87 on Friday.Her passing upended a campaign that had, until then, focused on Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the nation's economic collapse and racial unrest that has stoked protests in U.S. cities.Trump has said he intends within days to name a woman to succeed the liberal icon, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell...
    Joe Biden is calling on Senate Republicans to follow their conscience with the Supreme Court vacancy, saying that any nominee from Donald Trump with be withdrawn if Biden wins the presidency in November. As The Hill reported, the Democratic presidential candidate made an appeal directly to his Republican counterparts on Sunday, saying during a speech in Philadelphia that a handful of senators will be able to determine what happens with the seat left open by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday. Like many on the left, Biden has spoken out against plans to move forward in submitting a nomination and holding hearings after Republican leaders said in 2016 that there should not be a vacancy filled during a...
    By Laurie Kellman and Lisa Mascaro | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Joe Biden on Sunday slammed President Donald Trump and leading Senate Republicans for trying to jam through a replacement for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and urged more senators to stand with a pair of GOP colleagues who oppose the election-season rush. The extraordinary televised plea from the Democratic presidential candidate to Republican senators reflected the ferocious maneuvering that has followed Ginsburg’s death at 87 on Friday. Her passing upended a campaign that had, until then, focused on Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the nation’s economic collapse and racial unrest that has stoked protests in U.S. cities. Trump has said he intends within days to name a...
    Bradley Cortright September 20, 2020 0 Comments Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden says he should be the one to fill the new Supreme Court vacancy if he wins the presidential election in November. “If Donald Trump wins the election, then the Senate should move on with his selection and weigh the nominee he chooses fairly,” Biden said in a speech on Sept. 20. Even if Trump lost the presidential election, the Senate could consider his nominee for the Supreme Court. However, Biden said, “If I win this election, President Trump’s nominee should be withdrawn, and as a new president, I should be the one who nominates Justice Ginsburg’s successor.”  “A nominee who should get a fair hearing in the Senate … before a...
    Former Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday pleaded with Senate Republicans not to vote on President Trump’s nominee to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the election. “I’m not speaking to President Trump who will do whatever he wants. I’m not speaking to Mitch McConnell who will do what he wants and what he does. I’m speaking to those Republicans out there — Senate Republicans — who know deep down what is right for the country and consistent with the Constitution as I stand here in the Constitution Center. Not just what’s best for their party,” Biden said during a speech in Philadelphia. The Democratic presidential nominee noted that even though Election Day isn’t until Nov. 3 many Americans...
    Donald Trump's move to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the presidential election is an "abuse of power", his Democratic rival Joe Biden says. Mr Trump has said he will next week nominate a woman to replace the longstanding liberal justice. Mr Biden has urged Senate Republicans to delay a confirmation vote. Ginsburg, a liberal icon and feminist standard-bearer, died on Friday aged 87. Democrats fear Republicans will vote to lock in a decades-long conservative majority on the country's highest court. The ideological balance of the nine-member court is crucial to its rulings on the most important issues in US law.What has Biden said about Trump's decision?During a speech at the Constitutional Center in Philadelphia...
    Joe Biden spoke Sunday on Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the upcoming Supreme Court fight in the Senate, appealing directly to Senate Republicans to “follow your conscience.” Biden said Republicans are being hypocritical and quoted Lindsey Graham’s 2016 comments inviting people to “use my words against me” talking about this scenario. The former vice president said he’s not appealing to the president or Mitch McConnell, but to “those Republicans out there, Senate Republicans, who know deep down what is right for the country and consistent with the Constitution… not just what’s best for their party.” Biden said to “jam” the nomination through before the election would just be “an exercise in raw political power”: “Even if President Trump wants to...
    Former Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday pleaded with Senate Republicans not to vote on President Trump’s nominee to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the election. “I’m not speaking to President Trump who will do whatever he wants. I’m not speaking to Mitch McConnell who will do what he wants and what he does. I’m speaking to those Republicans out there — Senate Republicans — who know deep down what is right for the country and consistent with the Constitution as I stand here in the Constitution Center. Not just what’s best for their party,” Biden said during a speech in Philadelphia. The Democratic presidential nominee noted that even though Election Day isn’t until Nov. 3 many Americans fearful...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenMomentum growing among Republicans for Supreme Court vote before Election Day Trump expects to nominate woman to replace Ginsburg next week Video of Lindsey Graham arguing against nominating a Supreme Court justice in an election year goes viral MORE said Sunday that any Supreme Court nomination from President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS reimposes UN sanctions on Iran amid increasing tensions Jeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Trump supporters chant 'Fill that seat' at North Carolina rally MORE should be withdrawn if the former vice president wins the election and slammed attempts to push a nominee through the Senate as "an exercise in raw political power."  In a Sunday speech in...
    A sign supporting Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden hangs in the window of the Racine County Democratic Party office, during the largely virtual Democratic National Convention (DNC), in Racine, Wisconsin, U.S., August 19, 2020. REUTERS/Brian Snyder Several hundred "Arizona Republicans for Biden" signs have been damaged or stolen from lawns across the state in recent months, the group who displayed them said. The signs had displayed by a political action committee called "Arizona Republicans Who Believe In Treating Others With Respect." The group's president, Daniel Barker, a former Arizona Court of Appeals judge, told the Arizona Republic that his team had put up 1,000 signs, and they still don't know who's taking them down.  Visit Insider's homepage for...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenMomentum growing among Republicans for Supreme Court vote before Election Day Trump expects to nominate woman to replace Ginsburg next week Video of Lindsey Graham arguing against nominating a Supreme Court justice in an election year goes viral MORE is expected to discuss Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgJeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Trump supporters chant 'Fill that seat' at North Carolina rally Momentum growing among Republicans for Supreme Court vote before Election Day MORE's death and the battle to replace her on the Supreme Court during remarks in Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon.  Biden's speech is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Watch it live in the player...
    Bradley Cortright September 20, 2020 0 Comments As Senate Republicans plot their path forward on how to handle the new vacancy on the Supreme Court, some of the president’s ardent supporters are calling on the chamber to confirm a nominee before the election.  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on Sunday that he believes Senate Republicans will be able to secure enough votes to confirm President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg. While Cruz said he does not know the answer to whether or not they will have the votes, however, he added, “I believe we will.” “I think it is particularly that the Senate take it up and confirm this nomination before the election,” Cruz...
    Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzVideo of Lindsey Graham arguing against nominating a Supreme Court justice in an election year goes viral Sunday shows preview: Justice Ginsburg dies, sparking partisan battle over vacancy before election Democrat on Graham video urging people to 'use my words against me': 'Done' MORE (R-Texas) said on Sunday that Senate Republicans have the votes to confirm President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS reimposes UN sanctions on Iran amid increasing tensions Jeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Trump supporters chant 'Fill that seat' at North Carolina rally MORE's Supreme Court nominee following the death of Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgJeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as...
    Sen. Ted Cruz said he didn’t know whether Republicans had the votes to confirm President Donald Trump’s upcoming nominee to the Supreme Court. In an interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s This Week, the Texas Republican said he wanted the nominee to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat to be confirmed by the Senate before Election Day in a few weeks. “Do you have the votes now to confirm before the election?” Stephanopoulos asked. “You know, I don’t know,” Cruz said. “I don’t know the answer to that. I believe we will. I think it is particularly important that the Senate take it up and confirm this nomination before the election.” Cruz went on to falsely claim that Joe Biden...
    JOE Biden said a Supreme Court pick should come after the election – despite writing an op-ed criticizing Republicans for "halting" Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland in 2016. Ginsburg, 87, died on Friday after a battle with metastatic pancreatic cancer leaving a highly contentious seat vacant on the Supreme Court.   4Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday, leaving her seat on the Supreme Court openCredit: Reuters 4Joe Biden previously slammed Republicans for halting Obama pick Merrick Garland to fill a seat vacated by Antonin Scalia in 2016Credit: AP Photo/Patrick Semansky After her death, Biden called on President Donald Trump to hold off on naming the replacement – as Democrats draw parallels to the nomination of Garland by former president Barack Obama. “Let...
    (CNN)The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has the ability to upend the 2020 presidential election. But while most analysis suggests President Donald Trump was helped by the opportunity to appoint a new justice in the 2016 election, polling this time around suggests something different may be in the offing. I should point out that while it could shift in the days and weeks to come, polling initially shows that former Vice President Joe Biden's voters have been more likely to be fired up about Supreme Court selections and that voters overall trust Biden more on a Supreme Court selection. A new Marquette University Law School poll paints the landscape well. Nationally, it finds that 59% of Biden...
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell focuses on confirming judicial nominees with COVID-19 talks stalled McConnell accuses Democrats of sowing division by 'downplaying progress' on election security Warren, Schumer introduce plan for next president to cancel ,000 in student debt MORE (R-Ky.) said the Senate would vote to confirm a Trump nominee to succeed Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgDemocrats, advocates seethe over Florida voting rights ruling Trump's Supreme Court list reveals influence of Clarence Thomas President Nancy Pelosi? Don't underestimate what she might do in office MORE in a statement released an hour after her death, but it's unclear whether he can convince a majority of his colleagues to do so. While several GOP senators on Friday...
    At the very least, Senate Republicans stole one seat from the American people in 2016 when they refused to fill the seat of Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February that year fully nine months before the November election. Within hours, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged that his GOP caucus would refuse to replace Scalia until the presidential election took place. “The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president,” McConnell said, as Democratic lawmakers were still offering condolences to Scalia’s family. And after President Barack Obama nominated a relatively moderate judge, Merrick Garland, to fill Scalia's seat, McConnell refused to even give him...
    Senate Republicans have different views over whether a vacancy on the Supreme Court should be filled this late in an election cycle. Several Senate Republicans who face tough reelection battles in 2020 have in the past said it’s too late and that the next president should decide. Others, led by Sens. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyThe Hill's Campaign Report: Arizona shifts towards Biden | Biden prepares for drive-in town hall | New Biden ad targets Latino voters Biden leads Trump by 4 points in new Arizona poll Airline job cuts loom in battleground states MORE (R-Ariz.) and Rick Scott (R-Fla.), are saying the GOP should move forward to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court following the passing of Justice Ruth...
    A new poll from YouGov and the Economist shows that Americans are far more concerned about how supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden will react to a Donald Trump victory in November than they are about Trump supporters should Biden pull off a win. And most voters who believe protests will happen say they are worried things will turn violent. What are the numbers? Nearly three-quarters — 74% — of U.S. adults believe there will likely be mass protests if President Trump wins re-election, the poll showed. Republicans and independents are significantly less likely than Democrats to hold this view: 86% of Democrats expect protests after a Trump victory, compared to...
    The Republican Senate candidate in Minnesota says President TrumpDonald John TrumpHR McMaster says president's policy to withdraw troops from Afghanistan is 'unwise' Cast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response MORE’s support is understated in the polls and that the GOP will surprise experts on Election Day because of a backlash against Democrats over the economic shutdown and civil unrest. Former Rep. Jason LewisJason Mark LewisTina Smith wins Democratic Senate primary in Minnesota The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden picks Harris as running mate Poll: Tina Smith's lead over probable GOP challenger within margin of error in Minnesota Senate race MORE (R-Minn.), the GOP challenger to...
    Joe Biden’s performance in Thursday night’s CNN town hall was another big reminder what a big mistake the Trump campaign’s strategy of portraying Biden as too old and senile to function has been. Because every time Biden gets up and is not just functional but pretty darn sharp, he benefits from the low, low expectations that have been set up for him. That’s just what he did Thursday night at a pandemic-era drive-in town hall, to the point that Republicans decided Biden must have cheated somehow. “Looks to me that Biden had an idea of what the questions would be, at least areas of questioning,” Bill O’Reilly tweeted. Like nobody could have predicted that Biden would get questions on COVID-19, health care, economic...
    Joe Biden’s performance in Thursday night’s CNN town hall was another big reminder what a big mistake the Trump campaign’s strategy of portraying Biden as too old and senile to function has been. Because every time Biden gets up and is not just functional but pretty darn sharp, he benefits from the low, low expectations that have been set up for him. That’s just what he did Thursday night at a pandemic-era drive-in town hall, to the point that Republicans decided Biden must have cheated somehow. “Looks to me that Biden had an idea of what the questions would be, at least areas of questioning,” Bill O'Reilly tweeted. Like nobody could have predicted that Biden would get questions on COVID-19, health care, economic...
    When Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy and the House Republicans unveiled their Commitment to America this week, they were operating in the best tradition of the modern House GOP. In 1994, we unveiled the Contract with America. It gave our candidates a clear outline of positive ideas they could advocate. The momentum of having a positive, problem-solving GOP carried us to the first House Republican majority in 40 years. We promptly kept our word, and in the first 100 days voted on every item in the Contract. That clarity and proof that we could be trusted turned a 40-year period of Democratic control of the House into a 12-year Republican majority. VideoAfter four years of Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her...
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate Republicans signal openness to working with Biden Hillicon Valley: DOJ indicts Chinese, Malaysian hackers accused of targeting over 100 organizations | GOP senators raise concerns over Oracle-TikTok deal | QAnon awareness jumps in new poll The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden asks if public can trust vaccine from Trump ahead of Election Day | Oklahoma health officials raised red flags before Trump rally MORE (R-Ky.) on Thursday accused Senate Democrats of furthering election interference goals of foreign adversaries by voicing concerns about election security.  In a four-page letter to Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerDemocrats scramble on COVID-19 relief amid division, Trump surprise Pelosi, Schumer 'encouraged' by Trump call for bigger coronavirus relief...
    Democrats accused Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., of abusing his position after he publicly admitted that his investigation into the party’s presidential nominee Joe Biden would “certainly” help President Donald Trump’s re-election chances. Johnson, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, has led a probe into Obama-era intelligence activities and Biden’s alleged ties to Ukraine for months after a similar effort by Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani led to the president’s impeachment last year. Johnson acknowledged during an interview first flagged by Politico that his probe would “certainly” damage Biden’s electoral hopes. “The more that we expose of the corruption of the transition process between Obama and Trump, the more we expose of the corruption within those agencies, I would think it would certainly help Donald Trump...
    The Trump campaign’s cash crunch is limiting the president’s strategic options as he battles to overtake Democratic nominee Joe Biden, with Republicans warning the shortfall is undercutting plans to expand the map of competitive states and jeopardizing outreach to key voters. Last month, Biden outraised President Trump in August by more than $150 million. That steep financial disparity heading into the critical, post-Labor Day period, combined with the Trump campaign’s heavy burn rate for several months previous, forced the cancellation of millions of dollars in battleground state ads. Biden countered with a major buy across television and digital platforms that went virtually uncontested in some crucial media markets. With seven weeks until Election Day and early voting underway, Republican strategists...
    Republicans are confident President Trump can once again beat expectations and outperform his poll numbers in the battleground states. A second term hinges on whether they are correct. The public polling in the states most critical to Trump’s reelection chances has been a mixed bag. He is on track to erase Joe Biden’s lead in Florida, though a massive Michael Bloomberg expenditure on behalf of the Democratic nominee looms there, and in North Carolina. But he is still behind by an average of 4 to 7 points in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Arizona, all states he carried in 2016. Even here, there is variability. Some recent polls in Pennsylvania have Trump behind only 2 to 4 points, but NBC News/Marist...
    Mike Bloomberg’s pledge to spend $100 million in Florida is less problematic for President Trump than might appear, with Republicans skeptical the investment will sink the incumbent, force him to spend much more money in the state, or allow Democratic nominee Joe Biden to reallocate resources to other battlegrounds. Biden and Trump are running even in Florida, where both campaigns and outside groups on the Left and Right are saturating television airwaves and digital platforms with advertisements in English and Spanish. Combined with the polarizing nature of a presidential race that features few undecided voters, Republican strategists with experience running campaigns in Florida are doubtful Bloomberg’s plan to add to the cacophony will measurably move the needle. “There is...
    Igor Derysh September 17, 2020 9:00AM (UTC) Democrats accused Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., of abusing his position after he publicly admitted that his investigation into the party's presidential nominee Joe Biden would "certainly" help President Donald Trump's re-election chances. Johnson, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, has led a probe into Obama-era intelligence activities and Biden's alleged ties to Ukraine for months after a similar effort by Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani led to the president's impeachment last year. Johnson acknowledged during an interview first flagged by Politico that his probe would "certainly" damage Biden's electoral hopes. : "The more that we expose of the corruption of the transition process between Obama and Trump, the more we expose of the...
    Senate Republicans are signaling they are open to cutting deals with Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenCoons beats back progressive Senate primary challenger in Delaware Biden courts veterans amid fallout from Trump military controversies Biden campaign manager touts 'multiple pathways' to victory MORE if he wins the White House in November.  GOP senators — adding the caveat that they are supportive of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't think he could've done more to stop virus spread Conservative activist Lauren Witzke wins GOP Senate primary in Delaware Trump defends claim coronavirus will disappear, citing 'herd mentality' MORE — say there is room for agreement with a Biden administration, particularly on areas like trade or immigration, if they hold on...
    As Republican Sen. Mitt Romney acquiesced to voting to approve some three dozen subpoenas for one of two bogus partisan probes being conducted by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, he worried that at least one of the investigations "had the earmarks of a political exercise." That's the understatement of the century. In fact, the committee chair, Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, just came out last month and confirmed in an interview that one of his two ongoing  investigations "would certainly help" Trump. Johnson, who is desperately trying to deliver an October surprise to boost Trump's reelection bid, currently has two probes going in his committee. He's hell-bent on delivering the Biden probe that Trump had tried to...
    Democrats hoped that Republican defections from President Donald Trump would help former Vice President Joe Biden in the 2020 election, but an article in The Nation observes that Trump is consolidating support, even from “Biden Republicans.” National affairs correspondent Jeet Heer noted in an article titled “Biden Republicans Are a Political Illusion”: In late August, Rahm Emanuel, chief of staff under President Barack Obama as well as onetime mayor of Chicago, declared, “This will be the year of the Biden Republican.” Emanuel was describing the hope that the Democratic Party would convert enough hardcore partisans to fundamentally realign American politics. Just as Reagan Democrats helped the Republicans dominate American politics in the 1980s, so Biden Republicans could help usher in a...
    **Want FOX News Halftime Report in your inbox every day? Sign up here.** On the roster: How the corona bailout fell apart - I’ll Tell You What: Party on the rug - Trump retreats to happy talk on coronavirus - Dramatic reversal in ad wars - It does lack basic civil rights and an economy…HOW THE CORONA BAILOUT FELL APARTFrom the moment that Congress passed its $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief bill in March, the battle was on over the next tranche of spending. The scope of the economic and social disruption from the pandemic was so huge that the expectation that more money would inevitably follow spending already beyond 10 percent of our whole economy was as obvious as the mask on...
    House Republicans are launching a probe into a $35 million contract the California secretary of state’s office awarded to an advisory firm that is working with Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenCoons beats back progressive Senate primary challenger in Delaware Biden courts veterans amid fallout from Trump military controversies Biden campaign manager touts 'multiple pathways' to victory MORE's campaign.  In a letter sent to California Secretary of State Alex Padilla (D) on Wednesday, the GOP lawmakers argued the contract with SKDKnickerbocker for a voter outreach campaign is a conflict of interest due to the firm’s ties to Biden, adding that it runs the risk of using taxpayer funds to promote Democrats in the upcoming election. “The Committee on Oversight and Reform is...
    CNN anchor Jake Tapper said Tuesday on “The Lead” that President Donald Trump retweeting a “deranged and disgusting lie” about Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Trump retweeted a GIF from on Tuesday morning that included the hashtag “#PedoBiden.” Tapper said, “The images and the substance from the White House today, they were really powerful and presidential. But I have to say President Trump started today by re-tweeting a deranged and disgusting lie about Joe Biden. Just the absolute worst kind of smear someone could ever make. That’s also part of his legacy today.” CNN White House correspondent Abby Phillip said, “Yeah, absolutely, Jake. I think that this is one of those cases where the president once again is simply re-tweeting...
    When Republican presidential candidates lost to Democrats in the past — President Herbert Hoover in 1932, Sen. Barry Goldwater in 1964, President Gerald R. Ford in 1976, President George H.W. Bush in 1992, Sen. John McCain in 2008 — the GOP looked ahead and asked: OK, where do we go from here? It remains to be seen whether President Donald Trump will be reelected in November or if former Vice President Joe Biden will become the next president of the United States, but liberal economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman argues that whatever the outcome in the 2020 presidential election, the GOP is acting as though 2021 does not exist. Krugman, in his September 14 column, explains, “Nobody...
    Washington (CNN)The decision to hold a political rally has become one of the sharpest differences between the candidates in an election year defined by a global pandemic.President Donald Trump is willing to flout coronavirus warnings by holding raucous, and sometimes indoor, political events, while Democratic nominee Joe Biden hasn't headlined a sizable gathering in months.The different tactics illustrate how Trump and Biden are approaching the November election and the ongoing coronavirus crisis. It was on full display over the last 24 hours when Trump disregarded Nevada state guidelines by holding an indoor rally with thousands of attendees on Sunday night, just hours before Biden, from Wilmington, Delaware, gave an audience-less speech on the deadly forest fires hitting the West Coast.Republicans...
    Amid a backdrop of tense, increasingly violent protests and rising crime, white Republicans and black Democrats agree that law and order is a major problem in the United States, a new survey released Monday reveals. Overall, two-thirds of Americans (65 percent) said maintaining law and order is a big problem now, the Monmouth University poll found. But the results showed a surprising commonality among Republicans and black and other non-white Democrats. The poll found that 77 percent of Republican-leaning respondents and 60 percent of black Democrats said law and order is a big problem. Two-thirds of Hispanic and other non-Republican minorities also said the same. By comparison only 46 percent of white Democrats/non-Republicans — less than half — said law...
    Nearly two in three respondents in a poll released Monday called maintaining law and order in U.S. a major problem. A Monmouth University survey reported that 65 percent of participants consider the issue a serious problem, while about a quarter said maintaining law and order is a minor problem and only 8 percent said it’s not a problem at all.  Republicans and independents who lean Republican were most likely to classify it as a major problem at 77 percent. Just 46 percent of white non-Republicans felt the same.  But a majority of Black non-Republicans — 60 percent — and non-Republicans of other races or ethnicities — 66 percent — called it a major problem. “It appears we are looking at a divergence between politics and experience,” Patrick Murray,...
    A recent op-ed in The Atlantic from Shadi Hamid argued that the current spate of rioting across America is likely to worsen in the event that Trump wins the November election, boldly claiming that “law-and-order Republicans” have a vested interest in seeing Joe Biden win. According to Hamid, Democrats may not be able to concede this coming election if Trump wins, forever undermining their faith in democracy and the American electoral system. Numerous factors would contribute to that belief, such as Russian interference, winning the popular vote while losing the Electoral College, and other things. In the event of this loss of faith, Hamid feared that unrest in the streets might increase. “I find myself truly worried about only one...
    The Atlantic has published an op-ed that argues that “law-and-order” Republicans should vote for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden because Democrats will riot if he loses, refusing to accept the results if President Donald Trump wins re-election. In an essay titled, “The Democrats May Not Be Able to Concede,” Shadi Hamid writes: A loss by Joe Biden under these circumstances is the worst case not because Trump will destroy America (he can’t), but because it is the outcome most likely to undermine faith in democracy, resulting in more of the social unrest and street battles that cities including Portland, Oregon, and Seattle have seen in recent months. For this reason, strictly law-and-order Republicans who have responded in dismay to scenes...
    Every four years it can seem like the path to the presidency runs through the same list of well-trodden battleground states. But this time, we're on some newer turf: Democrats are contesting some states in the fast-growing Sun Belt — notably Arizona —which has been in the Republican column all but once since Eisenhower. And Republicans would love to leverage their White, working-class support in the Upper Midwest to flip Minnesota, which oh-so-narrowly eluded them four years ago to keep its string of Democratic votes unbroken since 1976.  Right now that potential trade looks tilted in favor of the Democrats. Let's start in Arizona, where Joe Biden has moved out to a small lead, ahead by three points, an edge...
            by Julie Kelly  All of this could be written off as the grudge fantasies of political activists still mad about 2016 except it is backed by some of the wealthiest people in the world. Consider yourselves warned, America. Cancel the Election Night party and forget the long-awaited moment when George Stephanopoulos announces, in the late hours of November 3, the official winner. And buckle up for an election-year nightmare that will make the 2000 recount look like a walk in a Palm Beach County park. A vengeful and well-funded coalition of Trump-hating insurrectionists are prepping the battlefield for a post-election civil war, threatening not only to extend the 2020 election into 2021 but to weaponize...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A new CBS battleground tracker poll shows former Vice President Joe Biden with a nine point lead over President Donald Trump in Minnesota. The lead shows a substantial improvement over Democrats’ 2016 performance with college-educated white women. Currently, Biden is 13 points above Hillary Clinton’s performance in 2016. Credit: CBS News Of the college-educated white women, 61% say they are voting for Biden mainly in opposition to Trump. And 83% of them dislike how the president handles himself personally. As Biden gains the advantage over Trump with white women in particular, it becomes more difficult for the president to win this state, which has voted for Democratic candidates every election since 1976. Credit: CBS News However, white non-college...
    A cadre of high-profile Democrats are assembling a coalition to kill the Senate filibuster should former Vice President Joe Biden win this November and the party take full control of Congress. NBC News reported on Friday that a new group called Fix our Senate was in the early stages of getting up and running. The organization will help coordinate messaging for groups, activists, and senators supporting the abolition of the filibuster, a Senate rule requiring a three-fifths supermajority—usually 60 votes—to end debate on legislation. Fix our Senate will be run by Eli Zupnick, a former top aide to Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA). “Our goal is to lift the filibuster higher on progressives’ agendas … [and] make it clear to a...
    Last week, the big news was Donald Trump having called military service members killed or captured in action “losers” and “suckers.” It was a bombshell that spurred widespread outrage and put Team Trump on the defensive. This week, that’s old news. Not because Trump found a way to push back effectively, but because we’ve learned that Trump admitted, early on, on tape, that he was intentionally downplaying the threat of COVID-19. What could possibly distract from that? Well, two days ago we didn’t anticipate this story, and who knows what’s coming next. And that is a big, big problem for Trump. It’s unlikely that Trump admitting on tape that he was downplaying the danger of the coronavirus is going to fade from voters’ memory unless something even more outrageous...
    CNN has long portrayed itself as an unbiased news network, but a new report finds that nearly half its Republican commentators are backing Democratic candidate Joe Biden. The Washington Free Beacon counted "at least six Republicans" on CNN's payroll who have been vocal with their support for the former VP, all of whom have been outspoken critics of President Trump. According to the Free Beacon, they make up "40% of the network's Republican roster," far exceeding the findings of a recent Quinnipiac poll the report cited showing just 8% of self-identified Republicans are voting for Biden. Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich and former Pennsylvania Rep. Charlie Dent, who were both hired by the network following the 2016 election, announced their endorsements of the...
    Reuters September 11, 2020 0 Comments Even if Joe Biden wins the U.S. presidential election and his fellow Democrats gain full control of Congress, his ability to secure passage of an ambitious legislative agenda may be limited by a stubborn Washington reality: the high hurdle for getting things done in the Senate. A longstanding Senate rule requires 60 votes in the 100-seat chamber in most instances to take up and hold votes on bills. If Democrats in the Nov. 3 election win the White House, maintain control of the House of Representatives and amass a Senate majority comparable to that currently held by President Donald Trump’s fellow Republicans, Biden’s party still would be limited in what they could get...
    By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Even if Joe Biden wins the U.S. presidential election and his fellow Democrats gain full control of Congress, his ability to secure passage of an ambitious legislative agenda may be limited by a stubborn Washington reality: the high hurdle for getting things done in the Senate. A longstanding Senate rule requires 60 votes in the 100-seat chamber in most instances to take up and hold votes on bills. If Democrats in the Nov. 3 election win the White House, maintain control of the House of Representatives and amass a Senate majority comparable to that currently held by President Donald Trump's fellow Republicans, Biden's party still would be limited in what they could get through...
    Last week, the big news was Donald Trump having called military service members killed or captured in action "losers" and "suckers." It was a bombshell that spurred widespread outrage and put Team Trump on the defensive. This week, that’s old news. Not because Trump found a way to push back effectively, but because we’ve learned that Trump admitted, early on, on tape, that he was intentionally downplaying the threat of COVID-19.  What could possibly distract from that? Well, two days ago we didn’t anticipate this story, and who knows what’s coming next. And that is a big, big problem for Trump. It’s unlikely that Trump admitting on tape that he was downplaying the danger of the coronavirus is going to fade from voters’ memory unless something even more outrageous...
    U.S. President Donald Trump talks to reporters as he stands with local law enforcement and business people while examining property damage while visiting Kenosha in the aftermath of recent protests against police brutality and racial injustice and the ensuing violence after the shooting of Jacob Blake by a police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin, September 1, 2020.Leah Millis | Reuters Most voters in six 2020 swing states give President Donald Trump poor marks on his ability to keep Americans safe and handle a crisis, as the president centers his reelection message around preventing violence, according to a new CNBC/Change Research poll. In Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, 48% of likely voters said they approve of the job the...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump-backed candidate wins NH GOP Senate primary to take on Shaheen Trump, supporters gather without masks in NC despite request from local GOP official Trump-backed candidate wins NH GOP primary to take on Pappas MORE's reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee (RNC) raked in $210 million in August, raising roughly $154 million less than Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump, supporters gather without masks in NC despite request from local GOP official Democrats fear 2016 repeat despite Biden's lead in polls Trump: Harris would be an 'insult' as first female president MORE and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) did in the same period.  The news comes roughly a week after the Biden campaign and the DNC announced they raised...
    Top Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee are calling for a hearing into violence and “civil unrest seen in Democrat-run cities” during recent demonstrations against police brutality across the country. In a letter sent to Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerHillicon Valley: Twitter flags Trump campaign tweet of Biden clip as manipulated media | Democrats demand in-person election security briefings resume | Proposed rules to protect power grid raise concerns Democrats demand Ratcliffe resume in-person congressional election security briefings House to tackle funding, marijuana in September MORE (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday, the GOP lawmakers accused Democrats of failing to prevent violence or condemn far-left activist groups like antifa, and argued that a stronger stance needs to be taken to keep cities safe...
    When voters head to the polls in November to choose the path for the next four years in a deeply divided nation, they will choose between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTed Cruz, longtime fan of 'The Princess Bride,' swipes at cast members' plans to reunite to raise money for Democrats What Joe Biden owes Kenosha Trump casts wide net in Labor Day press conference MORE. But in what has already been a one-of-a-kind 2020, an improbable figure could also become president. The path for Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDiscord over state and local funds plagues coronavirus talks The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by National Industries for the Blind - VP nominee Harris, VP Pence crisscross Wisconsin today...
    Apparently, I have a new beat: the “don’t panic” beat. Last week, I looked at some macro trends and then some recent polling, all of which showed how good Joe Biden and the Democratic Party look heading into November. Today, I want to look at three graphs that all illustrate how well things are going. DONALD TRUMP IS UNPOPULAR One of the dirty secrets of public opinion is that it just doesn’t change that much. If you see a poll jumping up and down all over the place, just assume it’s bunk. People’s minds just don’t change, and that goes extra for Donald Trump. Look at his numbers above: He is well underwater at 42-55. Prior to COVID, he was at 44-54, so we’re talking...
    Cruising. Apparently, I have a new beat: the “don’t panic” beat. Last week, I looked at some macro trends and then some recent polling, all of which showed how good Joe Biden and the Democratic Party look heading into November. Today, I want to look at three graphs that all illustrate how well things are going.  DONALD TRUMP IS UNPOPULAR x Civiqs Results One of the dirty secrets of public opinion is that it just doesn’t change that much. If you see a poll jumping up and down all over the place, just assume it’s bunk. People’s minds just don’t change, and that goes extra for Donald Trump.  Look at his numbers above: He is well underwater at 42-55. Prior to COVID, he...
    The presidential horse race remains unchanged by recent protests — Joe Biden still leads President Trump by the same margins nationally and in the battleground state of Wisconsin.  Here's why: though neither candidate gets rave reviews for what they've said about the demonstrations, Biden is seen by more as trying to calm the situation, while the president is perceived by slightly more as encouraging fighting, rather than calming things down. And the larger notion that violence could come to "the suburbs" finds little concern among those who actually reside in the suburbs. Moreover, it's also about the approach to those protests: by more than two to one, voters feel the way to end the them is to make police reforms...
    (CNN)Labor Day is traditionally the beginning of the endgame for presidential campaigns. Now that the conventions are over, both candidates are looking to deliver the final political blow. In the remaining two months before the election, Joe Biden and President Donald Trump will try to hone a convincing narrative that persuades voters that they belong in the White House. Julian ZelizerThe politics of storytelling is vital, and that is particularly true in presidential campaigns. In addition to forming detailed policy platforms, or running a formidable ground game, candidates need to be able to craft a compelling story with the emotional resonance and urgency to move undecided voters, while ensuring that members of their own party come out to vote...
    President Trump enters the Labor Day kickoff of the fall campaign buoyed by an encouraging August jobs report, with Republicans saying the development offers the commander in chief a critical opportunity to overtake Democratic nominee Joe Biden. Unemployment plummeted to 8.4%, falling below 10% on the strength of 1.4 million new hires. The development suggests the economy is recovering from the depths of a brutal, pandemic-induced recession, which would help any president embroiled in a close reelection bid. Republican strategists say that goes double for Trump. Voters give Trump high marks for his stewardship of the economy despite dissatisfaction with other aspects of his leadership, particularly his handling of the coronavirus. An improving financial picture provides the president...
    A veteran political operative who pioneered an extremely shady electioneering tactic on behalf of some of the nation’s most prominent Republicans is on a new mission—to use that tactic to defeat a Republican president. Steve Goldberg says he’s founded a new super PAC, Express Yourself, that is calling voters in key swing states to ask whether they believe “Jesus Christ would approve or disapprove of the nicknames Donald Trump gives to people that are mean [and] hurtful.” The calls also attempt to frame a potential Trump victory as a loss for Republicans; if Trump prevails, they claim, Democrats will retake the U.S. Senate and sweep a radical into the White House in 2024. Goldberg claims the effort is all about...
    Republicans say President Trump’s decision to make Hispanic voters a priority is boosting his support with this critical bloc in public opinion polls and threatening Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s prospects in key battleground states. Trump received 28% of the Hispanic vote four years ago. But a fresh national poll from Quinnipiac University pegged the president’s support with this demographic at 36% — despite trailing Biden by 10 percentage points overall, progress reflected in other surveys conducted over the summer. In swing states that will determine the outcome of the presidential race, that level of Hispanic support could push Trump over the top in a close race. Republicans credit Trump’s management of the economy, at least before the advent of the...
    LATROBE, Pa. (KDKA) — President Donald Trump’s visit to Latrobe puts this region’s second-largest county in the spotlight. There are very good reasons why Westmoreland County is getting this special attention. In 2016, Trump carried Westmoreland County with 64 percent of the vote, a 57,000 vote margin over Hillary Clinton. This year, local Republicans think Pres. Trump can do even better. “Westmoreland County is a huge hotspot of support for him in Pennsylvania,” says Bill Bretz, chair of the Westmoreland Republican Party. “It’s going to be key for carrying the state for him, and he recognizes the significance of our area.” Westmoreland Republicans are aiming high this year. “Seventy percent is his goal,” says Sean Kertes, a Republican and chair...
    President Donald Trump in East Room of the White House in Washington.Leah Millis | Reuters A super PAC led by a group of "Never Trump" Republicans is planning to unleash a Facebook grassroots army in its latest effort to erode support for President Donald Trump.  The Lincoln Project on Friday is looking to launch the new initiative titled "The Lincoln Project Digital Coalition," or TLPDC, according to the groups spokesman, Keith Edwards.  The plan, according to Edwards, is to have thousands of Lincoln Project Facebook members reach out to Republican voters who have previously backed Trump to try to convince them to vote for Democratic nominee, Joe Biden. They have over 50,000 members on Facebook, he added.  Similar to the PACs...
    By Devan Cole | CNN A number of prominent Republicans have endorsed Joe Biden’s presidential bid, handing the former vice president potentially useful support as he looks to win over dissatisfied members of the party. Among the list of GOP supporters are several figures who spoke during the first night of the Democratic National Convention on Monday, making the case that Biden can usher in a new era of political unity following four years of President Donald Trump. While the endorsements offer a symbolic boost to Biden as he seeks to win over persuadable voters, Trump is still overwhelmingly popular among Republicans. Here are some of the high-profile Republicans who have endorsed Biden: Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich Kasich, who...
    Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) on Thursday endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenKenosha mayor lifts curfew citing several 'peaceful' nights Conway says even more 'hidden, undercover' Trump voters will help him win reelection Disrupting the presidential debates MORE, becoming the latest high-profile Republican to back President TrumpDonald John TrumpKenosha mayor lifts curfew citing several 'peaceful' nights MSNBC's Joy Reid concedes 'framing' of Muslim comments 'didn't work' Conway says even more 'hidden, undercover' Trump voters will help him win reelection MORE's removal from the White House.  "I will continue to support and stand up for Republican policies and values, and support Republican candidates, but I will not support Donald Trump for reelection," Synder said in USA Today op-ed.  Synder, who...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenKenosha mayor lifts curfew citing several 'peaceful' nights Conway says even more 'hidden, undercover' Trump voters will help him win reelection Disrupting the presidential debates MORE (D) was endorsed Thursday by a group representing almost 100 former Republican lawmakers and officials who have joined an effort to defeat President TrumpDonald John TrumpKenosha mayor lifts curfew citing several 'peaceful' nights MSNBC's Joy Reid concedes 'framing' of Muslim comments 'didn't work' Conway says even more 'hidden, undercover' Trump voters will help him win reelection MORE in November. The new group, Republicans & Independents for Biden, is led by former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman (R) and said that its "sole mission is to defeat Donald Trump and elect...
    Washington (CNN)A number of prominent Republicans have endorsed Joe Biden's presidential bid, handing the former vice president potentially useful support as he looks to win over dissatisfied members of the party. Among the list of GOP supporters are several figures who spoke during the first night of the Democratic National Convention on Monday, making the case that Biden can usher in a new era of political unity following four years of President Donald Trump. Visit CNN's Election Center for full coverage of the 2020 raceWhile the endorsements offer a symbolic boost to Biden as he seeks to win over persuadable voters, Trump is still overwhelmingly popular among Republicans.Here are some of the high-profile Republicans who have endorsed Biden:Read MoreFormer Ohio...
    (CNN)Elle Kalisz watched both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions over the past two weeks as a person without a party.A senior at American University, Kalisz, 21, grew up in a small freight town on the border of Illinois and Wisconsin, where she was taught to "work for what you have," but to "love your neighbor," she said. She considers herself a young conservative, but for a while now, Kalisz said she has been unable to associate with either party and was disappointed with what she described as "harmful and hateful rhetoric" and the notion of "fear" perpetuated during the RNC. Meanwhile, she said watching the DNC was also upsetting; it's hard for her to watch the Democrats describe themselves...
    A coalition of Republican attorneys general hit out Wednesday at what they called “100 days of lawlessness” in Democratic-run cities, demanding state and local officials push back against the rioting and looting that has roiled the country throughout the summer. “Unfortunately over the last 100 days, we have seen the threads of our democracy being ripped apart through violence, paid professional riots, tearing at the culture that makes America great,” Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said in a call with reporters. BIDEN CONDEMNS RIOTING, BLASTS TRUMP'S RESPONSE IN FIERY POST-CONVENTION SPEECH  “What we have seen over the past 100 days... is rioting, violence, the visual we have seen is extremely unsettling,” Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr said. Republicans at both...
    President Donald Trump is closing in on Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in Pennsylvania, according to a new Monmouth University survey, while Republican congressional candidates in the state are performing even better. Among registered voters in Pennsylvania, Monmouth found Biden leading Trump by 49 percent to 45 percent, with an even tighter race among likely voters. Authors said Biden received support from between 48 to 49 percent of that group, depending on voter turnout, while Trump’s support stood between 46 and 47 percent. Trump won the state in 2016 with 48.2 percent of the vote, compared to 47.5 percent for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Republicans last won the state in a presidential election in 1988. The numbers were...
    Washington (CNN)Voters are more stressed than ever before and Democrats are responding to that by promising one thing: If we win the presidency in November, you won't have to think about us every day.The latest example of this is an ad from the Biden campaign that opens with a direct question: "Remember when you didn't have to think about the President every single day?""And instead there was someone in that office who thought about you," a narrator continues in the ad, which is part of a national cable ad campaign targeting black voters as part the campaign's $26 million investment around the Republican convention. "He will bring back that: Joe Biden."But the message extends beyond just this ad, with both...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden voiced his support for law enforcement as much of his party is torn over a push to "defund the police" during a local news interview after his speech in Pittsburgh on Monday. "Let's get the facts straight, I not only don't want to defund the police. I want to add $300 million to their local budgets to deal with community policing to get police and communities back together again," Biden told KDKA. SEATTLE CITY COUNCIL APPROVES PLAN TO DEFUND POLICE DEPARTMENT, SLASHES JOBS AND SALARIES "The only person defunding the police is the president," he continued. "Look at his budget. He calls for a half a billion dollar cut in local law enforcement. This president, they just flat lie." With many people calling...
    By Donie O’Sullivan and Daniel Dale, CNN Business (CNN) — A series of deceptively edited and misleading videos shared by prominent Republicans have run up millions of views across Facebook and Twitter in just the past few days. And while both companies have pledged to combat misinformation, their responses to these videos followed a familiar pattern: often they act too late, do too little, or don’t anything at all. On Sunday and Monday, high-profile Republicans, including President Donald Trump, shared at least four misleading videos online. Three of the four were eventually labeled “manipulated media” by Twitter.  The manipulated media label is just that, however — a label appearing below the video when people look at the specific tweet...
    A Republican group, with the help of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s top political strategist, is working on a campaign called “Project Orange Crush” in the battleground state to back Joe Biden over President Trump this election, according to a report. Officials with the national super PAC Republicans Voting Against Trump said they would target moderate voters in the Sunshine State to support the former vice president and flip that state, which went with Trump in 2016, the Miami Herald reported on Monday. The group has enlisted the help of Mike Murphy, who was behind Bush’s two gubernatorial wins, to lead the campaign as well as David Hill, a former Bush pollster. The campaign is expected to spend as much as...
    (CNN Business)A series of deceptively edited and misleading videos shared by prominent Republicans have run up millions of views across Facebook and Twitter in just the past few days. And while both companies have pledged to combat misinformation, their responses to these videos followed a familiar pattern: often they act too late, do too little, or don't anything at all. Between Sunday and Monday, high-profile Republicans, including President Donald Trump, shared at least four misleading videos online. One that circulated widely was a false video about Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden posted to the Twitter account of House Minority Whip Steve Scalise. After an outcry, including from a person in the video who had words put in his mouth in...
    Absentee ballots begin hitting Wisconsin mailboxes in 16 days, just in time for President Trump to capitalize on civil unrest roiling Kenosha and engineer a comeback in this key Midwestern swing state. That is what Republicans are hoping for, at least, ahead of Trump’s scheduled Tuesday visit to Kenosha, a modest city of 100,000 situated along Lake Michigan in southeastern Wisconsin. But they are not yet certain it will secure a repeat of his 2016 win in the state. Trump spent a summer of rising coronavirus infections on defense against Democratic nominee Joe Biden. But rioting in Kenosha late last month after a black man was shot by a white police officer shifted attention from Trump’s unpopular pandemic leadership to...
    Top Republican donor Adelson still hasn't seen anything in Trump he can't support. The Trump campaign has begun its final election push: A fascist disinformation campaign featuring an array of outright hoaxes and faked videos. It will have widespread Republican support and, once again, the support of ultra-rich Republican donors whose cash reserves are doing just fine during an uncontrolled nationwide pandemic and who do not give a damn about any of Trump's sabotages of government as long as he lowers their taxes yet again. Politico reports that the newest Republican donor weapon will be a super PAC white supremace-ly named "Preserve America." It will be headed by Swift Boat propagandist Chris LaCivita, one of the Republican strategists who pushed hardest into...
    The Republican and Democratic National Conventions put the spotlight on President Trump and nominee Joe Biden but pollster Frank Luntz told Fox News’ “MediaBuzz” that neither party did enough to address future policy. “It's very easy to define what the Republicans are against,” he said. “And you can say that they're for freedom, for personal responsibility, for accountability. But that's not specifics.” Luntz said during the DNC, Biden did not speak about policy at all, and at the RNC, Trump only spoke about policy over the last four years. POLLSTER: BIDEN DENOUNCES KENOSHA VIOLENCE AFTER CAMPAIGN 'MISJUDGED HOW IMPORTANT IT WAS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE' “They did not do an effective job at explaining what Donald Trump is going to do if he's awarded...
    A new ABC News-Ipsos poll found that Donald Trump’s favorability decreased among Republicans after the Republican National Convention when he took aim at the Democratic Party and its purported failures. In particular, the poll found that the real estate mogul’s favorability dipped among Republicans by 4 points since last week. As for Trump’s opponent, presidential nominee Joe Biden, his favorability rating has remained higher than his unfavorability. In the current iteration of the ABC News poll, 46 percent of Americans viewed Biden favorably, while 40 percent viewed him unfavorably. “Among Democrats, too, Biden’s favorability climbed seven points after his convention — showing signs that he’s solidified support among his base,” the report read. “But Trump’s favorability dipped slightly — by...
    The 2020 Democratic National Convention (DNC) has come to an end, but concerns linger about presidential nominee Joe Biden and the party’s ability to build a winning coalition given what some have pointed to as prioritizing Republicans over communities of color during the main stage program. “When the Democratic Convention was announcing the speakers, I definitely noticed immediately like the lack of Muslim representation, especially when there are so many prominent Muslim leaders to choose from now,” said Iram Ali, a political strategist and former Warren for President campaign staffer. In response to criticism about making space for Republicans, Biden’s national campaign co-chair Rep. Cedric Richmond said the inclusion of prominent Republicans, including former Ohio Gov. John Kasich...
    Some Republican strategists in New Hampshire believe the state is the perfect battleground for President Trump to drive his “law and order” message against Democratic nominee Joe Biden, saying many communities there are similar to Kenosha, Wisconsin. The Trump campaign selected New Hampshire for the president’s first post-convention rally. He appeared at an event in Manchester Friday. The decision to go back was made before a white police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin, shot Jacob Blake, a black man, and protests set the city’s downtown businesses ablaze. But New Hampshire Republicans say Kenosha is a facsimile of the sort of modest towns and employers that proliferate throughout their swing state, opening the possibility that voters will respond favorably to Trump’s...
    Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump's reelection campaign, the Republican National Committee and their joint fundraising committees raised $76 million over the party's four-day convention this week, a spokesman for the campaign told CNN on Friday.The haul -- which was brought in by Trump Victory, the Trump Make America Great Again Committee and the Republican National Committee -- edges out the $70 million that Democratic nominee Joe Biden's campaign says it raised during the Democratic National Convention last week.RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel told CNN in a statement that the convention had succeeded in communicating "real stories from real Americans who have been empowered and lifted up by President Trump's pro-growth, pro-opportunity, pro-American policies -- and clearly it resonated.""There has never been a...
    House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., told "Your World" Friday that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden "won't stand up" against violent left-wing mobs terrorizing American cities. "Some of these mobs, when you see them out there throwing bricks at police, they are injuring people and killing some police and they've blinded some police and yet they keep doing it, Scalise told host Neil Cavuto. "You have seen President Trump [be] very vocal [in] saying that we have to stand up against it. For whatever reason, Joe Biden won’t stand up against it." SEN. RAND PAUL: MY WIFE AND I WERE ATTACKED BY A MOB -- DEMS WOULD WORSEN PROBLEM BY BOWING TO RIOTERS VideoScalise, who barely survived being shot by a left-wing activist in 2017, added that when he...
    Night 2 saw Democrats get 14.5 million viewers to Republicans' 12.4. Night 3 — when Kamala Harris accepted the vice presidential nomination — saw Democrats get 16.2 million viewers compared to the GOP's 10.5 million. And Night 4, when both Trump and Biden accepted their respective party's nominations, saw Democrats get 17.5 million viewers compared to the 14.1 million for Republicans. According to TV Line, which reports on television news, "the 2020 Republican National Convention's grand finale did not appear to enjoy any major Trump bump." The data belies Trump's claim Friday morning that his speech got "Great Ratings & Reviews." Trump, for his part, is obsessed with television ratings. The former host of "The Apprentice" has tweeted about television ratings...
    Democratic strategists are worried scenes of violence in Kenosha, Wis., and the “defund the police” debate could give Republicans and President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Memo: Trump reaches for optimism as weapon against Biden Five takeaways on GOP's norm-breaking convention Trump taunts Democrats in White House speech: 'We're here and they're not' MORE a boost with suburban voters. The issue has come back to the forefront amid new incidents of violence, property destruction and protests this week after another unarmed Black man, Jacob Blake, was shot in the back by a police officer. Some Democrats worry the continuing unrest could give Trump an opening with swing voters in Wisconsin and other key states that voted for Trump in 2016. “Republicans are...
    The Commission on Presidential Debates prepares the face to face between Joe Biden and Donald Trump, as will Kalama Harris and Mike Pence By: Marguerite Gautier August 28, 2020 The political conventions have just ended and everything indicates that voters will have to wait for the debates to establish the connection with their candidates for the presidential elections on November 3. These conventions without an audience left a feeling of distance with the voters and the question is whether all that elaboration which reality show would serve to make the voters decide. Until now, marketing experts have pondered the power of television for politicians, but without the electoral base the impact of emotionality has...
    Julia Conley August 28, 2020 10:48AM (UTC) This article originally appeared at Common Dreams. It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. Feel free to republish and share widely. Progressives are raising alarm over new poll results from CBS News out Tuesday, which suggest  the Democratic Party's courting of moderate so-called "Biden Republicans" while sidelining popular progressive proposals and voices has not so far resulted in a groundswell of support for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden from disaffected GOP voters. In a poll taken between August 20 and 22, after the Democratic National Convention wrapped up last week, CBS found that just 5% of self-identified Republicans said they plan to vote for Biden in the November election; 93%...
    If the point of a political convention is to get your party’s message out, win over voters and boost your candidate’s prospects, then make no mistake about the 2020 conventions, Republicans absolutely buried Democrats. The polling tells us so. Joe Biden got zero boost from the Democrats’ grievance-fueled slog-fest last week. The Democratic presidential nominee's polls did not move higher; in fact, they dropped, and especially in the critical swing states. REP. JEFF VAN DREW: HERE'S WHY I LEFT THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY – AND HOW THE GOP IS KEEPING US STRONG, PROSPEROUS Though it is too soon to determine how the GOP convention shifted President Trump’s standing, we do know that over the past week, his approval ratings have moved higher...
    President Donald Trump gave a nomination speech like no other - in length, in setting, in contravention of public health guidance and with raucous protests just yards away. But how was it received by voters? Using the White House grounds to make a campaign speech had already got the president into trouble. Then the sight of hundreds of people in his audience, seated close together on the South Lawn, raised questions about the risks of coronavirus transmission. In a 70-minute speech, he defended his handling of the pandemic and vowed to lead the nation out of the economic slump. But afterwards, as fireworks exploded over the National Mall, his Democratic opponents Joe Biden and Kamala Harris accused him of failing...
    Republican strategists jittery about President Trump's prospects expressed relief Thursday he largely stuck to a somewhat positive teleprompter script as he accepted renomination from the GOP for a second term in the White House. In evening remarks from the South Portico of the White House, Trump defended his record on domestic and foreign policy, vowing to crush the coronavirus and reduce the footprint of the United States military overseas. The president’s address was not as forward-looking as some Republicans would prefer, and he took dead aim through much of the speech at Democratic nominee Joe Biden. While marked with a handful of provocative statements and occasional ad-libbing, Republican operatives said Trump concluded his remarks with a minimum of the...
    Speakers at the Republican National Convention say when it comes to foreign policy, Democratic nominee Joe Biden is weak but also more likely to go to war than President Trump. It’s a consistent, if complicated, case for Trump and against Biden that has been laid out over the first three days of the GOP event and is expected to continue Thursday, as the president formally accepts renomination. Speakers have hailed Trump for eliminating the Islamic State, standing up to China and Iran, and also bringing troops home from war zones. “In four years, Donald Trump didn’t start any new wars,” said former acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell on Wednesday night. “He brought troops home. He rebuilt the...
    Republican aides who worked in the George W. Bush administration and for the late Senator John McCain and Mitt Romney vouched their support for 2020 Democratic nominee Joe Biden on Thursday, joining other GOP officials in rejecting President Trump's reelection campaign on the final day of the Republican National Convention. In separate letters released Thursday, alumni of the Bush administration, Utah Senator Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign and McCain's 2008 White House bid and congressional office announced their support for the former vice president. The Republican officials said that while they disagree with some of Biden's policy positions, they value his record of bipartisan work and believe he can offer steady leadership as the country grapples with the coronavirus pandemic,...
    Scores of Republicans who worked for the party's last pre-Trump presidential nominees - Mitt Romney, John McCain and George W. Bush - are backing Democrat Joe Biden.  They've been putting out shows of support this week in the run-up to President Donald Trump formally accepting Republican renomination, which he'll do Thursday night from the White House at the conclusion of the virtual Republican National Convention.    'What unites us now is a deep conviction that four more years of a Trump presidency will morally bankrupt this country, irreparably damage our democracy, and permanently transform the Republican Party into a toxic personality cult,' wrote members of the group Romney4Biden in a statement released Thursday.    100 ex-staffers of the late Republican Sen....
    Kevin Dietsch/CNP via ZUMA For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.As President Donald Trump prepares to formally accept the Republican Party’s nomination for his reelection contest with a speech at tonight’s convention, the last-ditch dismantling of the US Postal Service before the 2020 election lays bare his latest campaign strategy: cheating. Behind in the polls for months, a popular vote win for the president in November looks impossible. A narrow Electoral College victory, like the one that saw Trump win the White House in 2016, appears feasible, but polls show Trump behind in critical swing states. As Trump rages that Democrats are trying to steal the election with mail-in ballots, it’s now clear...
    When President Trump concludes his Republican National Convention (RNC) speech on Thursday night, a new phase of the presidential campaign will begin -- a race that started more than three years ago when John Delaney declared his ill-fated candidacy will embark on a 68-day sprint to the finish line amid riots, an economic crisis and a pandemic that will shape an election unlikely to look like any before. Republicans, coming out of the convention, hope that their efforts to frame Joe Biden as a friend of radicals and rioters will resonate with voters more than did the Democrats' message -- that Biden is the virtuous solution to an immoral Trump presidency. Some observers believe the RNC has so far been successful in that mission. "So how are Republicans using...