Trump pauses ad spending to review messaging

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July 31, 2020: The Donald Trump campaign is pausing its ad spending to review its campaign messaging. Joe Biden is airing his first general election television ads in Ohio in a seven-figure ad buy.


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Notable Quote of the Day

“Many people have been coming out and saying that not only do we need a win, we need a big win, so there’s nothing Trump can say regarding challenging the results of the election.

We have a 50-state campaign whether Joe Biden does or not.”

– Darlene McDonald, Democratic National Committee member from Utah

Election Updates

  • Joe Biden is airing his first general election television ads in Ohio in a seven-figure ad buy. The ad, which focuses on Biden’s upbringing in a working-class neighborhood, will run in the Youngstown and Toledo markets until late August.

  • Biden was the keynote speaker at the Miami-Dade Democratic Party’s Blue Gala on Thursday night. The event was held remotely for all attendees.

  • The Donald Trump campaign is pausing its ad spending to review its campaign messaging under the leadership of new campaign manager Bill Stepien. The campaign spent no money on Wednesday or Thursday and had minimal bookings in August.

  • Trump reiterated his concerns with the general election, saying at a White House briefing on Thursday, “You’re sending out hundreds of millions of universal mail-in ballots. Hundreds of millions. Where are they going? Who are they being sent to? You don’t have to know anything about politics.”

  • Trump is traveling to Tampa on Friday night for a fundraiser. He postponed an event scheduled for Saturday at his golf resort in Doral due to Hurricane Isaias.

  • In an interview with The FrontierHowie Hawkins discussed his lawsuit against the Oklahoma State Election Board for ballot access.

  • Jo Jorgensen is launching her “Brake the Bus Tour” across Pennsylvania this weekend with stops in Pittsburgh, Erie, and other cities.

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