Trump resumes campaign ads in battleground states

Ballotpedia's Daily Presidential News Briefing
August 3, 2020: Donald Trump will resume airing ads on Monday with a focus on early voting states. Portions of the Republican National Convention could be closed to the press.

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Notable Quote of the Day

“How the new VP candidate is rolled out is also an important test. Even if you believe my theory that the VP pick only matters for a few days, those few days are very important. Developing a showcase announcement tour that highlights the strengths of the candidate and how they both complement and reinforce each other is both a messaging challenge and a cultural test of how well the running mates and their respective staff members can work together. McCain and his staff had significant problems dealing with Palin and her staff. On the flip side, the bus tour out of the Democratic convention in 1992 cemented the generational change both Clinton and Gore were aiming to convey.”

– Joe Lockhart, CNN

Election Updates

  • Joe Biden hired his first staffers in Texas for the general election, including Rebecca Acuña as state director and Jennifer Longoria as deputy state director. Longoria previously worked on Elizabeth Warren’s presidential primary campaign in the state.
  • Biden spoke virtually at the Ohio Democratic Party’s state convention on Saturday.
  • Portions of the Republican National Convention could be closed to the press. A spokesman said on Saturday, “Given the health restrictions and limitations in place within the state of North Carolina, we are planning for the Charlotte activities to be closed press Friday, August 21 – Monday, August 24.” On Sunday, RNC communications director Michael Ahrens said that no final decision had been made regarding press coverage.
  • Donald Trump will resume airing ads on Monday with a focus on early voting states. The campaign did not specify which states, but likely targets based on the election calendar are Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. Trump also tweeted, “We are doing a new ad campaign on Sleepy Joe Biden that will be out on Monday. He has been brought even further LEFT than Crazy Bernie Sanders ever thought possible.”

What We’re Reading

Flashback: August 3, 2016

Hillary Clinton placed campaign chair John Podesta and senior adviser Minyon Moore in charge of her White House transition operation.

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