Trump to visit Kennedy Space Center

Ballotpedia's Daily Presidential News Briefing
May 27, 2020: Donald Trump will visit the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral today. The AFL-CIO endorsed Biden.

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Notable Quote of the Day

“Joe Biden’s national polling lead against President Donald Trump has been relatively stable for months. But the looming question for Biden is whether he can get the right combination of voters to turn out for him on Election Day — and in the right places.

Barack Obama beat his Republican challengers in 2008 and 2012 by driving historic turnout among African American voters and winning working-class white voters in Midwestern Rust Belt states. Replicating that exact playbook may not be realistic; Trump’s hold on white working-class voters can’t be underestimated. …

The Biden campaign strategy will take a series of carefully executed plays. Cut into Trump’s margins with rural and exurban voters in states from the Upper Midwest to Florida. Make sure African American, Latino, and Asian American turnout is strong in Sun Belt and Rust Belt states alike. Appeal to a subset of voters where Democrats have been racking up big wins lately: suburban voters (especially women) who may have voted for Mitt Romney in 2012 but are wary of Trump.

And — maybe the biggest play of all — see if the campaign can win or at least significantly cut into the president’s margins with older voters, a traditionally more conservative and reliable bloc that suddenly seems to be turning away from the president.”

– Ella Nilsen, Vox

Election Updates

  • Joe Biden said after Trump retweeted an image of Biden wearing a mask, “He’s a fool, an absolute fool to talk that way. … I mean every leading doc in the world is saying you should wear a mask when you’re in a crowd, and especially when you know you’re going to be in a position where you’re going to inadvertently get closer than 12 feet to somebody.”

  • Biden’s campaign launched a program called League 46, which it describes as “a community to engage, mobilize, and empower young people to elect Joe Biden.”

  • Biden’s campaign named Rachana Desai Martin as its national director for voter protection and senior counsel.

  • The AFL-CIO endorsed Biden.

  • Donald Trump will visit the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, today to view the SpaceX rocket launch. A press secretary said, “‘Launch America’ not only restores American dominance and unlocks our entrepreneurial spirit in space, but it also symbolizes America’s ‘transition to greatness’ after an unprecedented disruption.”

  • Trump said North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) should decide within a week whether a full-scale Republican National Convention can be held in the state. Trump said, “It’s a massive expenditure, and we have to know. Yeah, I would say within a week, certainly, we’d have to know. Now if he can’t do it, if he feels he’s not going to do it, all he has to do is tell us, and then we’ll have to pick another location.”

  • According to Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel, other states have offered to host the Republican National Convention. McDaniel said, “The president is right to say to the governor, you need to assure us before we lock in all these hotel rooms and we bring all of this revenue to your state that you’re going to let us have this convention. … There’s a lot of states that are calling the president right now saying, hey, why don’t you bring that revenue to our state?”

Flashback: May 27, 2016

After telling Jimmy Kimmel that he would debate Bernie Sanders if ABC made a donation to charity, Trump issued the following statement: “[N]ow that I am the presumptive Republican nominee, it seems inappropriate that I would debate the second place finisher. … Therefore, as much as I want to debate Bernie Sanders – and it would be an easy payday – I will wait to debate the first place finisher in the Democratic Party, probably Crooked Hillary Clinton, or whoever it may be.”blank

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