The Campaign Report – April 16, 2020

“Joe Biden’s week-long rollout of endorsements from a series of boldfaced political names is intended to emphatically place him as the leader of a Democratic Party whose factions are newly allied against a common opponent: President Trump,” the Washington Post reports.

“The endorsements have been meticulously spaced out and delivered through prerecorded video, tweets and live-streamed discussions that have replaced rallies and town halls in the campaign-curbing era of the coronavirus.”

Endorsement coming soon: Hillary Clinton

Sen. Elizabeth Warren told MSNBC that she would accept an offer from Joe Biden to be his running mate.

“A leading pro-Trump super PAC is testing a new ad campaign to paint Joe Biden as soft on China and redirect criticism of President Trump’s coronavirus response,” Axios reports.

“Beginning Friday, America First Action will spend $10 million in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania — which yielded pivotal but bare victories for Trump in 2016 — to brand the presumptive Democratic nominee as ‘Beijing Biden’ and see what sticks.”

“These states all have been impacted economically by China in terms of jobs, manufacturing or steel.”

“Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Sara Gideon raised $7.1 million during the first quarter of 2020, surpassing Republican Sen. Susan Collins after the incumbent had already set a record for the most fundraising during a Maine campaign,” the Bangor Daily News reports.

Kentucky’s Republican-controlled legislature overrode a veto of a new voter ID law by Gov. Andy Beshear (D), setting the stage for the requirement to be enacted for the November general election, the Washington Post reports.

Vox: “Meanwhile, if a Kentucky voter heads to the state’s webpage hoping to learn how to obtain such an ID, they will encounter a message telling them ID-issuing offices are closed.”

“The State Election Board voted unanimously Wednesday to allow Georgia voters to turn in their absentee ballots at drop boxes, an option that avoids human contact during the coronavirus pandemic,” the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

“The addition of ballot drop boxes is another accommodation for running an election while trying to preserve public health.”

A new Pew Research poll finds 49% of Americans say the Bible should have at least “some” influence on U.S. laws, including 23% who say it should have “a great deal” of influence.

Among Christians, 68% want the Bible to influence U.S. laws at least some, and among white evangelical Protestants, this figure rises to 89%.

“Joe Biden’s presidential campaign signaled Wednesday that it favors a Democratic super PAC established during the Obama era over another group formed last year as the party prepares for a general-election battle against President Trump,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

“The signal that Priorities USA, which was founded in 2011, is the campaign’s preferred political-action committee sends a message to top donors about where they should give money and is a key step as Mr. Biden takes charge of the Democratic fundraising infrastructure.”

First Read: “The 12-minute video that Barack Obama released Tuesday was one part endorsement of Biden, another part praising Bernie Sanders, and a third part blasting Trump (though not by name) and the GOP.”

“But what maybe stood out to us the most was how Obama lumped Trump and the GOP together.”

“That’s a significant departure from 2016, when Democrats — including Obama — tried to separate Trump from the GOP at large.”

A new Civiqs poll finds 45% of people who frequently watch Fox News believe that fewer Americans have been killed by the coronavirus than the official count indicates, 23% say the count is accurate, and only 12% say that more have died than officially reported.

President Trump told aides last month he wanted a daily radio show running two hours a day where he would take unscreened calls from ordinary Americans on the coronavirus pandemic, the New York Timesreports.

He ultimately decided against it so as not to risk encroaching on Rush Limbaugh’s own radio show.

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1 comment on “The Campaign Report – April 16, 2020

  1. Can HRC please endorse Trump? I think that would do more for BIden than endorsing him.
    BIden has to be the candidate of learning from past mistakes and instead embrace the party of Warren and Obama. not the party of Clinton, Weinstein and pre 2008 Trump.

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