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The Campaign Report – 6/17/19

A new Fox News poll finds half of American voters say the Trump administration has “gone too far” on immigration enforcement.

The 50% who say enforcement of immigration laws has “gone too far” is more than double, 24%, those who say actions haven’t gone far enough. About one in five say the measures are about right.

By a wide majority — 73% to 24% — Americans favor giving legal status to young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children, so-called Dreamers.

The same Fox News poll found that 50% of Americans believe the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian government in 2016, while 44% say it did not. 43% believe Trump should be impeached and removed from office, and an additional 7% want him impeached but not removed by the Senate, meaning there is 50% in support of impeachment. 48% say don’t impeach.

“Half of the registered voters in Texas would vote to reelect President Trump, but half of them would not,” according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

“Few of those voters were wishy-washy about it: 39% said they would ‘definitely’ vote to reelect Trump; 43% said they would ‘definitely not’ vote for him. The remaining 18% said they would ‘probably’ (11%) or ‘probably not’ (7%) vote to give Trump a second term.”

If Pete Buttigieg wins the 2020 presidential election, he told Axios that he’s “almost certain” he won’t be the first gay man to serve as president.

Said Buttigieg: “I would imagine we’ve probably had excellent presidents who were gay — we just didn’t know which ones. I mean, statistically, it’s almost certain.”

“Mayor Pete Buttigieg has stepped off the presidential campaign trail following a deadly shooting by a police officer in his city and canceled a planned appearance Monday at an LGBTQ gala in New York hosted by the Democratic National Committee,” the Washington Post reports.

Said Buttigieg: “We’ve had prior cases of use-of-force incidents and officer-involved shootings where I hesitated, frankly, to get in front of cameras because we didn’t know very much, and it was out of our hands. What I was told by people in the community is that it is important to open channels of communication to try to be clear on where the city is, even if we don’t find ourselves in a position to be able to say or do much right away.”

New York Times: “In ways big and small, Biden’s choices underscore his determination to play by his own rules in the Democratic primary, gambling that his widespread name recognition and status as early poll-leader free him to set a pace and tone sharply distinct from his competitors. And as his decades-long record in government comes under increasing criticism from his party’s left flank, Mr. Biden keeps bringing attention back to November 2020.”

“That emphasis on Mr. Trump — and brushoff of his opponents — is the right approach for Mr. Biden right now, many political veterans say. Whether he can maintain that strategy is another question, as other candidates intensify their attacks on him, and some gain ground in key early-voting states like Iowa.”

Pete Buttigieg told Axios that he believes President Trump doesn’t care about addressing the border crisis, saying he “wouldn’t put it past him to allow it to become worse in order to have it be a more divisive issue, so that he could benefit politically.

Washington Post: “Trumpworld is trying to wave a red flag in front of the president to warn him that his 2020 reelection battle is going to be a tougher fight than he’s willing to acknowledge. That’s why, people close to the campaign, said that unflattering internal poll numbers leaked about matchups with Joe Biden and other Democratic contenders in key states.”

“Trump at first denied the internal numbers existed (his campaign manager Brad Parscale confirmed they did indeed exist, but were from March) and his campaign then took action to dismiss those suspected of revealing them.”

Said one insider: “Polls are simply snapshots in time, and the election is still a year and a half away. I’m not worried about the polling numbers as much as I’m worried about the volume of damaging leaks coming from within the campaign.”

CNN: Pollster shake-up casts shadow over Trump’s big 2020 launch.

Associated Press: “Though the state has trended — by the narrowest of margins — toward Republicans in recent elections, both parties are mobilizing for a fierce and expensive battle in Florida. Democratic candidates, including early front-runner Joe Biden, have already visited the state to tap donors and connect with voters, and will descend on Miami later this month for their first round of debates. And Trump will return on Tuesday for his latest reelection announcement.”

“Pete Buttigieg’s campaign jolted its top donors with big news on a conference call last month: The upstart mayor had raised $7 million in the month of April alone, as much as Buttigieg had in his entire eye-catching first quarter in the presidential race,” Politico reports.

A new Daily Beast/Ipsos poll finds 20% of Democratic and independent men who responded to the survey said they agreed with the sentiment that women are “less effective in politics than men.”

And while 74% of respondents claimed they were personally comfortable with a female president, only 33% believed their neighbors would be comfortable with a woman in the Oval Office.

The Atlantic: “People working with her campaign acknowledge that she clearly underestimated how much her being out front in calling for Al Franken to resign from the Senate was going to haunt her—even though that was a year and a half ago, and despite the fact that all the other senators in the race called for him to go too. Among primary voters and partisan media outlets that put a premium on purity, no one is letting go of her past pro-gun or anti-immigrant positions.”

“The media spotlight she gets in New York and Washington only makes it more shocking when insiders in those cities realize she’s largely unknown to almost everyone else.”

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