“Seeking a winning issue as he trails in the polls to presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, the president aggressively pushed the issue this week, calling for in-person classes and blasting federal guidelines for reopening as too onerous. His campaign portrayed Mr. Biden as beholden to teachers’ unions, while Mr. Biden’s campaign said Mr. Trump has failed to give schools the funding and guidance they need to open safely.
While the Trump campaign argues these moves will pay dividends with voters, particularly suburban women, the issue is complex. Polling shows that parents are sharply divided on the subject, with Republicans more inclined to want their children returning to school full time. But some parents are worried about sending their children back to school during a pandemic, and teachers argue there is no way to truly ensure their safety. The American Academy of Pediatrics has urged schools to reopen, citing the developmental and health benefits for children of attending class in-person.”
– Alex Leary and Catherine Lucey, The Wall Street Journal
Service Employees International Union endorsedJoe Biden on Thursday. They plan to spend $150 million on a voter engagement campaign focused on people of color in battleground states who infrequently vote.
Bidenhired two new senior staff members in Iowa: Jackie Norris as senior adviser and Lauren Dillon as campaign director. Donald Trump won Iowa in the 2016 election by 9.4 percentage points.
Biden also hired three aides to improve outreach to people of color: Pili Tobar as communications director for coalitions, Ramzey Smith as African American media director, and Jennifer Molina as Latino media director.
Donald Trump is traveling to Florida for both official and campaign business. He is meeting with the U.S. Southern Command to discuss its counternarcotics operations and attending a fundraiser in Hillsboro Beach.
On Saturday, Trump is holding an outdoor rally in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He last visited the state on Feb. 10.