Biden launches new ad campaign in battleground states

Ballotpedia's Daily Presidential News Briefing
September 4, 2020: Joe Biden is airing three new ads on security, the pandemic, and unity in battleground states. Judges in Arizona and Virginia blocked Kanye West from appearing on the ballot as an independent presidential candidate.

Notable Quote of the Day

“Besides polls, there are two other places we look for evidence of what is likely to happen in November: hard fundamental factors such as incumbency and economic news, and unquantifiable soft factors such as narratives, enthusiasm, and momentum.

On the fundamental side, the economic factors are a known unknown: The situation is too unique to be reliably measured against prior-year metrics, but an elephant you can’t see is still an elephant. No previous election has featured an incumbent running amid an abrupt election-year economic collapse, stemming from noneconomic factors, along with a strong stock market. That’s before we factor in a possible sharp recovery (or reversal) in GDP or unemployment. An October announcement of a coronavirus vaccine (all but promised by Trump in his convention speech) would be a wild card, while polls showing weakening Trump support among senior citizens amid the pandemic are a grave warning light. Voter turnout in a general election with unprecedented levels of mail-in voting is also impossible to project with more than guesswork.

Biden is also a historically unique challenger. At 77, he’s four years older than Ronald Reagan in 1984, to date the oldest candidate ever elected (Trump is 74). Every incumbent president to lose has been defeated either by a fresh face on the national stage or in a rematch with a prior opponent; a challenger like Biden has never won. He’s also the first major-party nominee from a state so small that it has only three electoral votes.”

– Dan McLaughlin, National Review

Election Updates

  • Joe Biden is speaking in Delaware on Friday about the economic effect of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • As part of a $45 million ad campaign, Biden is airing three new ads on security, the pandemic, and unity in Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

  • The Lincoln Project is launching a digital coalition on Friday to conduct outreach to persuade Republican voters to support Biden. The group has over 50,000 members on Facebook.

  • During a speech in Pennsylvania, Donald Trump reiterated his call for supporters to vote by mail and then try to vote in person to make sure their vote is counted. He said, “Sign your mail-in ballot, OK? You sign it and send it in and then you have to follow it. And if on Election Day or early voting, that is not tabulated and counted, you go vote. And if for some reason after that — it shouldn’t take that long — they’re not going to be able to tabulate it because you would have voted.”

  • The Trump campaign launched a bus tour of Texas in San Antonio on Thursday. It has stops scheduled in Granger and Bedford.

  • Judges in Arizona and Virginia blocked Kanye West from appearing on the ballot as an independent presidential candidate after finding issues with his Republican affiliation and the validity of his electors, respectively.

Flashback: September 4, 2016

Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook discussed the campaign’s strategy in Florida.blank

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