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Biden, Trump speak on American values in July 4 speeches

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July 7, 2020: Joe Biden and Donald Trump spoke about American values and history in July 4 speeches. Kanye West announced he is running for president. blank    blankblank   


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Notable Quote of the Day

“If [Kanye] West were serious about this, he would have had to have started a long time ago [to get on the ballot]. … Some [states] allow payment of a filing fee, but most require petitions, which can involve thousands of signatures. That’s a lot of door to door and shopping center parking lots. He’d better get busy!”

– John Mark Hansen, political science professor at the University of Chicago

Election Updates

  • Joe Biden posted a video on Independence Day that featured images from protests throughout U.S. history and references to the Black Lives Matter movement. Along with the video, Biden tweeted, “Our nation was founded on a simple idea: We’re all created equal. We’ve never lived up to it — but we’ve never stopped trying. This Independence Day, let’s not just celebrate those words, let’s commit to finally fulfill them.”

  • Biden also made an appearance on Saturday at the ESSENCE Festival of Culture where he discussed his economic plans for the Black community.

  • On July 3, Biden spoke at the National Education Association’s annual assembly via webcam. He said his administration would have “a teacher-oriented Department of Education.”

  • Donald Trump delivered a speech at Mount Rushmore on July 3, where he condemned what he called a “left-wing cultural revolution.” He said, “And yet, as we meet here tonight, there is a growing danger that threatens every blessing. Our ancestors fought so hard for, struggled, they bled, and the nation is witnessing a merciless campaign to wipe out the history, defame our heroes, erase our values and indoctrinate our children.”

  • Trump hosted a Fourth of July celebration in Washington, D.C., on Saturday. His speech on the White House’s South Lawn reprised the themes of his Mount Rushmore event.

  • Trump will hold an outdoor rally at Portsmouth International Airport in New Hampshire on July 11.

  • The Republican National Convention’s Jacksonville Host Committee announced convention attendees will receive a temperature check and COVID-19 test daily.

  • Rapper and entrepreneur Kanye West tweeted on July 4 that he was running for president of the United States. As of Tuesday morning, West has not filed his candidacy with the Federal Election Commission.

Flashback: July 7, 2016

FBI Director James Comey testified before the House Oversight Committee for more than four hours on his agency’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server use and the recommendation that no charges be brought against her.

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Weekly Presidential News Briefing – July 2, 2020

 

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Race ratings

Sabato’s Crystal Ball updated its race ratings on Jun. 25:

  • Florida moved from Leans Republican to Toss Up.

  • Pennsylvania moved from Toss Up to Leans Democrat.

Notable Quotes of the Week

“Biden shouldn’t worry about the campaign narrative. Or about unproven and unlikely effects on voter turnout. Or about how his pick contrasts with Donald Trump or Mike Pence. And certainly not about which potential running mate would annoy Trump the most. None of that is likely to matter during the campaign because running mates usually don’t matter. Mainly, Biden should just try to avoid disaster or harming the party.

And remember: If Biden does well, two weeks after the convention we’ll rarely think about his running mate for the rest of the campaign. No matter how strong a selection she is.”

Jonathan Bernstein, Bloomberg

“The vice presidency in 2020 is more consequential than it has ever been before. We are in a moment when the Black Lives Matter movement and demands for racial equality are at the forefront of the public discourse. Biden would be wise to seize on that and choose a woman of color for balance. He is an older white man who seems well aware of the opportunity to name a woman like Sen. Harris or Rep. Demings and give them a real shot at succeeding him as president one day.

That is the single most important role of any vice president, the ability to step into the president’s shoes.

Kate Andersen Brower, author of First in Line: Presidents, Vice Presidents, and the Pursuit of Power


Week in Review

Biden, DNC outraise Trump and RNC in June

The Joe Biden campaign and Democratic National Committee raised $141 million in June. Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee brought in $131 million over the same time period. Both campaigns had record months. This is the second consecutive month that Biden outraised Trump.

Biden veep announcement coming in early August, progressive groups call for Warren

While speaking at a campaign event in Wilmington on Tuesday, Joe Biden said he planned to announce his running mate in early August and that he could not guarantee a previously stated target date of Aug. 1.

“There are a number of women of color. There are Latino women. There are Asian. There are — across the board. And we’re just underway now in the hard vet of going into the deep background checks that take anywhere from six to eight weeks to be done,” Biden said.

Progressive Democrats of America and RootsAction.org—which together represent 1.2 million activists—published an open letter to Biden calling for him to select Sen. Elizabeth Warren as his running mate.

“Biden-Warren would represent a unity ticket, one capable of generating enthusiasm from across the Democratic Party and beyond – and defeating Donald Trump in November,” they wrote.

Trump, RNC adjust plans in response to coronavirus pandemic

The Donald Trump campaign postponed several events with Mike Pence in Texas, Arizona, and Florida this week due to concerns with the coronavirus pandemic. Pence spoke at the First Baptist Church in Dallas on Sunday.

The campaign also canceled a rally planned for next week in Alabama to support Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville.

Jacksonville, where most of the Republican National Convention is taking place, adopted a face mask requirement on Monday for public and indoor locations. Republican press secretary Mandi Merritt said, “The event is still two months away, and we are planning to offer health precautions including but not limited to temperature checks, available PPE, aggressive sanitizing protocols, and available Covid-19 testing.”

General election ad buys this week

The Donald Trump campaign made a $95 million ad buy across several battleground states—Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin—starting in September for the two months leading up to the general election.

The pro-Joe Biden Priorities USA is increasing its July ad buy in Arizona by $831,000, bringing the total to over $1 million. The group said in a press release, “In recent tracking, Arizona has shown more movement than any other battleground state.”

Biden, Trump release diversity data

The Joe Biden campaign released diversity data on Saturday showing 36% of senior staff are people of color and 58% are women. The Donald Trump campaign also reported on its diversity with 25% of senior staff being people of color and 56% women.

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Flashback: 2016

June 29, 2016: The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund released its first ad in the 2016 presidential race supporting Donald Trump.

June 30, 2016: The Washington Post reported that Chris Christie, Bob Corker, Newt Gingrich, Mike Pence, and Jeff Sessions were on Donald Trump’s shortlist for vice president.

July 1, 2016: In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein described her campaign as a landing spot for disaffected Bernie Sanders supporters.

July 2, 2016: Hillary Clinton participated in a voluntary interview with the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding the private email server she used while secretary of state.

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Biden, DNC outraise Trump and RNC for second consecutive month

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July 2, 2020: The Biden campaign and Democratic National Committee raised $141 million in June. A group of approximately 200 George W. Bush administration officials formed a super PAC, 43 Alumni for Biden. blank    blankblank   


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Notable Quote of the Day

“After the 2012 election, the GOP ‘autopsy’ argued that Republicans simply could not win in the future if they were an all-white party; they had to find ways to reach out to racial minorities and young people to assure them that they were welcome in the GOP. In 2016, Trump essentially said ‘To hell with that,’ realizing there was a strong appetite within the party for a reactionary campaign built on anger and resentment at precisely the diversification of the country to which other Republicans wanted to adapt.

It worked — but only once. And if Trump does lose this time, the Republicans may finally take the advice Trump forced them to reject four years ago, and put the Southern Strategy in the past.”

– Paul Waldman, The New York Times

Election Updates

  • The Joe Biden campaign and Democratic National Committee raised $141 million in June. Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee brought in $131 million over the same time period. Both campaigns had record months. This is the second consecutive month that Biden outraised Trump.

  • A group of approximately 200 George W. Bush administration officials has formed a super PAC, 43 Alumni for Biden, to support Biden’s presidential campaign. The group said they will “engage and mobilize disenchanted GOP voters.”

  • Biden criticized China’s new national security law targeting Hong Kong on Wednesday. He said he would “prohibit U.S. companies from abetting repression and supporting the Chinese Communist Party’s surveillance state” and impose economic sanctions if Beijing threatened Americans’ First Amendment rights.

  • Biden assembled a group of 600 lawyers and thousands of volunteers to prepare for potential legal issues surrounding the 2020 presidential election.

  • Trump is hosting a Fourth of July celebration on the National Mall. As many as 300,000 face masks will be available for those who want them.

Flashback: July 2, 2016

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Priorities USA increases pro-Biden Arizona ad buy to $1 million

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July 1, 2020: Priorities USA is increasing its July ad buy in Arizona by $831,000, bringing the total to over $1 million. The Donald Trump campaign replaced Michael Glassner with Jeff DeWit as chief operating officer.  blank    blankblank   


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Notable Quote of the Day

“If somebody were asking me for advice on an October surprise, I’d tell them to do it in September.”

– Doug Sosnik, Democratic strategist

Election Updates

  • While speaking at a campaign event in Wilmington on Tuesday, Joe Biden said he planned to announce his running mate in early August and that he could not guarantee a previously stated target date of Aug. 1. “There are a number of women of color. There are Latino women. There are Asian. There are — across the board. And we’re just underway now in the hard vet of going into the deep background checks that take anywhere from six to eight weeks to be done,” Biden said.

  • Biden also said that Confederate monuments should be removed from public squares and instead placed in museums.

  • When asked if he would release a list of potential Supreme Court nomineesBiden said his team was compiling a list of qualified Black women. “I am not going to release that until we go further down the line of vetting them,” he said.

  • Priorities USA is increasing its July ad buy in Arizona by $831,000, bringing the total to over $1 million. The group said in a press release, “In recent tracking, Arizona has shown more movement than any other battleground state.”

  • The Donald Trump campaign replaced Michael Glassner with Jeff DeWit as chief operating officer. Glassner will instead work on the campaign’s legal team going forward.

  • Due to concerns with the coronavirus pandemic, the Trump campaign canceled a rally planned for next week in Alabama to support Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville.

  • The Trump campaign is suing Pennsylvania and its election board in federal court over the state’s implementation of mail-in voting. Campaign legal adviser Jenna Ellis said, “from an absentee voting system to one that pushes unmonitored vote-by-mail creates opportunities for fraud, and encourages ballot harvesting where paid political operatives try to collect and deliver loose ballots,”

Flashback: July 1, 2016

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein described her campaign as a landing spot for disaffected Bernie Sanders supporters.

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Trump campaign makes $95 million ad buy in battleground states

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June 30, 2020: The Trump campaign made a $95 million ad buy across several battleground states. Progressive Democrats of America and RootsAction.org published an open letter to Joe Biden calling for him to select Sen. Elizabeth Warren as his running mate. blank    blankblank  


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Notable Quotes of the Day

“Biden shouldn’t worry about the campaign narrative. Or about unproven and unlikely effects on voter turnout. Or about how his pick contrasts with Donald Trump or Mike Pence. And certainly not about which potential running mate would annoy Trump the most. None of that is likely to matter during the campaign because running mates usually don’t matter. Mainly, Biden should just try to avoid disaster or harming the party.

And remember: If Biden does well, two weeks after the convention we’ll rarely think about his running mate for the rest of the campaign. No matter how strong a selection she is.”

– Jonathan BernsteinBloomberg

“The vice presidency in 2020 is more consequential than it has ever been before. We are in a moment when the Black Lives Matter movement and demands for racial equality are at the forefront of the public discourse. Biden would be wise to seize on that and choose a woman of color for balance. He is an older white man who seems well aware of the opportunity to name a woman like Sen. Harris or Rep. Demings and give them a real shot at succeeding him as president one day.

That is the single most important role of any vice president, the ability to step into the president’s shoes.

– Kate Andersen Brower, author of First in Line: Presidents, Vice Presidents, and the Pursuit of Power

Election Updates

  • Progressive Democrats of America and RootsAction.org—which together represent 1.2 million activists—published an open letter to Joe Biden on Tuesday calling for him to select Sen. Elizabeth Warren as his running mate. “Biden-Warren would represent a unity ticket, one capable of generating enthusiasm from across the Democratic Party and beyond – and defeating Donald Trump in November,” they wrote.

  • Biden hired Eric Hyers, who managed successful campaigns for Gov. Andy Beshear (Ky.) in 2019 and Gov. Steve Bullock (Mont.) in 2016, as his Michigan state director.

  • The Donald Trump campaign made a $95 million ad buy across several battleground states—Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin—starting in September for the two months leading up to the general election.

  • Twitch temporarily suspended Trump’s campaign account. A Twitch spokesperson said, “Hateful conduct is not allowed on Twitch. In line with our policies, President Trump’s channel has been issued a temporary suspension from Twitch for comments made on stream, and the offending content has been removed.”

  • Jacksonville, where the majority of the Republican National Convention is taking place, adopted a face mask requirement on Monday for public and indoor locations. Republican press secretary Mandi Merritt said, “The event is still two months away, and we are planning to offer health precautions including but not limited to temperature checks, available PPE, aggressive sanitizing protocols, and available Covid-19 testing.”

Flashback: June 30, 2016

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Biden, Trump release campaign staff diversity data

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June 29, 2020: Joe Biden and Donald Trump released diversity data about their campaign staff. Florida and Pennsylvania shifted Democratic in the latest race ratings from Sabato’s Crystal Ball.        

Sabato’s Crystal Ball updated its race ratings on Jun. 25:

  • Florida moved from Leans Republican to Toss Up.
  • Pennsylvania moved from Toss Up to Leans Democrat.

Notable Quote of the Day

“For years, Arizona was to Democrats what Lucy’s football was to Charlie Brown. Despite candidates from Barack Obama to Hillary Clinton investing in the state, no Democratic presidential candidate has carried it since Bill Clinton in 1996. In fact, no Democrat won a statewide election in Arizona on any level after 2008 until 2018, despite numerous close calls.

But Arizona is changing.

In the 2008 and 2012 presidential races, the state was 16 points and 13 points more Republican-leaning than the country as a whole, respectively. But in 2016, President Trump won Arizona by only 4 points, making the state just 6 points more Republican-leaning than the nation. And in 2018, four Democratic candidates broke through and won statewide, including Sen. Kyrsten Sinema.”

– Nathaniel Rakich, FiveThirtyEight

Election Updates

  • The Joe Biden campaign released diversity data on Saturday showing 36% of senior staff are people of color and 58% are women. The Donald Trump campaign also reported on its diversity with 25% of senior staff being people of color and 56% women.
  • When asked if he would use executive powers to mandate wearing masks in public, Biden said, “I would do everything possible to make it required that people have to wear masks in public.”
  • Film producer Jeffrey Katzenberg and his wife, Marilyn, hosted a virtual fundraiser on Saturday that raised $6 million for Biden.
  • In a tweet on Sunday, Trump praised a video clip of Trump supporters in Florida, which included a man chanting “white power.” Trump later deleted the tweet. White House spokesman Judd Deere said, “He did not hear the one statement made on the video. What he did see was tremendous enthusiasm from his many supporters.”
  • The Trump campaign postponed several events with Mike Pence in Texas, Arizona, and Florida this week due to concerns with the coronavirus pandemic. Pence spoke at the First Baptist Church in Dallas on Sunday.

What We’re Reading

Flashback: June 29, 2016

The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund released its first ad in the 2016 presidential race supporting Donald Trump.

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Ballotpedia’s Weekly Presidential News Briefing: June 20-26, 2020

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Every weekday, Ballotpedia tracks the news, events, and results of the 2020 presidential election.

      The Cook Political Report updated its race ratings on Jun. 19:

  • Michigan moved from Toss Up to Lean Democrat.
  • Iowa moved from Likely Republican to Lean Republican.
  • Ohio moved from Likely Republican to Lean Republican.

Notable Quotes of the Week

“Could a Black woman help boost turnout among Black voters, which dipped in 2016 compared to 2012? Maybe. Some political science research shows that Black people vote at higher rates when a Black candidate is on the ballot, although that finding is somewhat contested, and that research is about voting for a Black candidate, not a white candidate with a Black running mate.

That said, basically the only thing that Abrams, Bottoms, Demings, Rice and Harris have in common is that they are Black, women, and reportedly being considered as running mates by the Biden campaign. It’s really hard to claim that both Demings and Rice — the latter of whom has never even run for elected office — would obviously generate an electoral boost, and that those boosts would be of similar size. If the goal is to pick someone with skill in appealing to Black voters in particular, Abrams would seem to be head and shoulders above the rest of these Black women. She ran for governor and nearly won in a state with a huge Black population, in an election that saw a surge in Black voter turnout that was likely the result of her campaign.”

– Perry Bacon Jr.FiveThirtyEight

“This mythology that because Trump did it once he can do it again ignores the fact that Hillary Clinton is not going to be the Democratic nominee this year, and that is quite consequential. In the late June 2016 Quinnipiac poll, 37 percent had a favorable view of Clinton and 57 percent had an unfavorable view (for a net of minus-20). …

But what about this year? In the new Quinnipiac survey, 42 percent had a favorable view of Biden, 46 percent unfavorable (minus-4). In the five polls so far this year, Biden has averaged 44 percent favorable and the same unfavorable. …

While I believe this election will be almost exclusively a referendum on Trump, Biden’s favorables compared to Clinton’s at this time four years ago argue forcefully that what was going on in 2016 is hardly the case this year. Partisans on either side can continue to believe what they want, but this time is different.”

– Charlie CookThe Cook Political Report

Week in Review

Second presidential debate moves from Michigan to Miami due to coronavirus concerns

The Commission on Presidential Debates announced on Tuesday that the second presidential debate, scheduled for Oct. 15, is moving from the University of Michigan to the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami due to concerns with the coronavirus pandemic.

University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel said, “Given the scale and complexity of the work we are undertaking to help assure a safe and healthy fall for our students, faculty and staff and limited visitors — and in consideration of the public health guidelines in our state as well as advice from our own experts — we feel it is not feasible for us to safely host the presidential debate as planned.”

DNC tells delegates not to attend the 2020 Democratic National Convention

The Democratic National Committee announced on Wednesday that delegates should not attend the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee due to concerns with the coronavirus pandemic.

Joe Biden is still expected to accept the Democratic presidential nomination in-person at the event.

Biden, Obama raise $11 million in first joint virtual fundraiser

Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama raised $11 million—$7.6 million during the public portion and $3.4 million during a private event—in their first joint virtual fundraiser on Tuesday night. It was the most money the Biden campaign has raised in a single event.

Trump returns to the campaign trail, visits two battleground states

Donald Trump discussed the coronavirus pandemic, policing, race relations, and Joe Biden at his first campaign rally in months on Jun. 20 in Tulsa. An estimated 6,200 people attended the event, according to Tulsa’s fire department. The venue had capacity for 19,000. Trump campaign adviser Mercedes Schlapp said 5.3 million people watched the event online.

On Tuesday, Trump spoke in Phoenix at an event organized by Students for Trump. He also toured the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona to mark the construction of more than 200 miles of the border wall. This was Trump’s third visit to Arizona in five months.

Trump visited Wisconsin on Thursday to tour the shipbuilder Fincantieri Marinette Marine and record a town hall with Fox News host Sean Hannity.

Trump, RNC raise $74 million

Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee (RNC) raised $74 million in May, marking the first time they underperformed Joe Biden and the Democratic National Committee—who previously announced they had raised $81 million in May—in monthly fundraising. Trump and the RNC have $265 million in cash on hand.

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Staff Spotlight

Every week, we highlight a presidential candidate’s key campaign staffer.

Stephanie Alexander is a Republican staffer with experience in political organizing and finance.

Previous campaign work:

  • 2016 Donald Trump presidential campaign
    • Battleground states director
    • Midwest regional political director
    • Oklahoma and Arkansas state director
  • 2008-2014 Mike Sanders Oklahoma House of Representatives campaigns, campaign treasurer
  • 2012 Markwayne Mullin congressional campaign, finance director

Other experience:

  • 26/7 Lifestyle Management, founding partner
  • HERA Consulting, president
  • Maverick PAC, administrative director
  • Alexander Companies, vice president
  • Capitol Insight, vice president of government relations
  • Oklahoma Federation of Young Republicans, state chairman
  • Independent contractor for political finance reporting, budgeting, and bookkeeping
  • The One Oklahoma Coalition, finance director
  • Oklahoma House of Representatives, legislative assistant
  • Oklahoma Employees Credit Union, loan officer

What We’re Reading

Flashback: June 22-26, 2016

  • June 22, 2016: Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson and his running mate, Bill Weld, participated in a televised town hall on CNN.
  • June 23, 2016: Bernie Sanders delivered a speech, titled “Where We Go From Here,” to his supporters about the future of his movement.
  • June 24, 2016: Bernie Sanders said he would vote for Hillary Clinton.
  • June 25, 2016: The Democratic Platform Drafting Committee approved a final draft of the party’s platform that included calls to raise the minimum wage to $15, abolish the death penalty, more strictly regulate Wall Street, establish a multi-millionaire surtax, and review existing trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
  • June 26, 2016: Donald Trump said that former presidential rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich would not be permitted to speak at the Republican National Convention if they did not support him, The New York Times reported.  “If there’s no endorsement, then I would not invite them to speak,” he said.

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Pence promotes economy, trade policy in Ohio

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June 26, 2020: Mike Pence spoke about the Trump administration’s economic and trade policy in Ohio on Thursday. The Lincoln Project is airing a pro-Joe Biden ad in swing states.

Each Friday, we highlight a presidential candidate’s key campaign staffer.

Daily Presidential News Briefing, Staffer Spotlight - Stephanie Alexander

Stephanie Alexander is a Republican staffer with experience in political organizing and finance.

Previous campaign work:

  • 2016 Donald Trump presidential campaign
    • Battleground states director
    • Midwest regional political director
    • Oklahoma and Arkansas state director
  • 2008-2014 Mike Sanders Oklahoma House of Representatives campaigns, campaign treasurer
  • 2012 Markwayne Mullin congressional campaign, finance director

Other experience:

  • 26/7 Lifestyle Management, founding partner
  • HERA Consulting, president
  • Maverick PAC, administrative director
  • Alexander Companies, vice president
  • Capitol Insight, vice president of government relations
  • Oklahoma Federation of Young Republicans, state chairman
  • Independent contractor for political finance reporting, budgeting, and bookkeeping
  • The One Oklahoma Coalition, finance director
  • Oklahoma House of Representatives, legislative assistant
  • Oklahoma Employees Credit Union, loan officer

Notable Quote of the Day

“The non-partisan research group Morning Consult conducted surveys during the 2016 campaign and discovered that Trump ran 6% better in Internet Polls than in those done over the phone — a difference not evident for any of the other candidates tested via the two mediums.

The chief researcher, Kyle Dropp, concluded that the data suggests ‘that some polling may be understating Trump’s actual level of support.’

While it’s hard to gauge exactly how many secret Trump supporters are out there, a recent Rasmussen Reports poll shows that 15% of Republican voters are less likely to let others know how they’ll vote in the upcoming election.”

– David Brody, Texas Insider

Election Updates

  • Joe Biden spoke about healthcare during a campaign stop in Lancaster, Penn. He said Donald Trump’s two legacies were his “failure to protect the American people from coronavirus” and efforts to overturn the Affordable Care Act.
  • The Lincoln Project is airing a pro-Biden ad in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin on presidential leadership.
  • Trump is traveling to New Jersey this weekend, where there is a quarantine order in place for visitors from coronavirus hotspots. White House spokesman Judd Deere said, “The President of the United States is not a civilian. Anyone who is in close proximity to him, including staff, guests, and press are tested for COVID-19 and confirmed to be negative.”
  • Mike Pence spoke about the Trump administration’s economic and trade policy at an Ohio car factory on Thursday. “Every single promise, President Trump delivered for the people of Ohio,” Pence said.
  • The Jacksonville 2020 Host Committee said they expected 15,000 people to attend the Republican National Convention. The committee is looking for venues to host 500 other independent events.

What We’re Reading

Flashback: June 26, 2016

Donald Trump said that former presidential rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich would not be permitted to speak at the Republican National Convention if they did not support him, The New York Times reported.  “If there’s no endorsement, then I would not invite them to speak,” he said.

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DNC tells delegates not to attend national convention in Milwaukee

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June 25, 2020: The Democratic National Committee advised delegates not to attend the Democratic National Convention in August. Donald Trump is traveling to Green Bay to record a Fox News town hall.


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Notable Quote of the Day

“It’s not just Biden’s margin that stands out, either; he’s also only one of three candidates to crack the 50 percent mark at this point in the cycle. (The other two were Richard Nixon in 1972 and Ronald Reagan in 1984, both of whom were incumbents who went on to win landslide victories by 23 and 18 points, respectively.) It’s unlikely that Biden wins by that sort of margin, given our increasingly polarized politics, but it is a sign that there are fewer undecided or third-party voters for Trump to pick up to help improve his position. It also doesn’t bode well for Trump that he is in the worst position of any incumbent since Jimmy Carter in 1980.

But before you declare Biden the winner, remember his lead is not insurmountable. Polls closer to November could very well show a race that is tightening. At this point in the 1988 cycle, Michael Dukakis led nationally by almost 5 points, and in 2000, George W. Bush was up by nearly 8 points. But Dukakis ended up losing by nearly 8 points in November while Bush narrowly lost the popular vote. (He still won the Electoral College, thanks to Florida.)”

– Geoffrey Skelley, FiveThirtyEight

Election Updates

  • The Democratic National Committee announced on Wednesday that delegates should not attend the Democratic National Convention in August in Milwaukee due to concerns with the coronavirus pandemic.

  • At least two dozen Republican national security officials who served in the Reagan, Bush I, and Bush II administrations are endorsing Joe BidenReuters reported the group will publicly endorse and campaign for Biden.

  • The pro-Biden super PAC, Unite the Country, released three television and digital ads on Wednesday highlighting Biden’s economic record and response to the 2008 financial crisis.

  • Biden hired L.T. McCrimmon as North Carolina state director and Alana Mounce as Nevada state director as part of a staff build-up in the two battleground states.

  • Donald Trump is visiting Wisconsin to tour the shipbuilder Fincantieri Marinette Marine. He is also traveling to Green Bay to record a town hall with Fox News host Sean Hannity.

  • The Trump campaign is suing Priorities USA for airing an ad criticizing Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, saying it misrepresents his use of the word “hoax.”

Flashback: June 25, 2016

The Democratic Platform Drafting Committee approved a final draft of the party’s platform that included calls to raise the minimum wage to $15, abolish the death penalty, more strictly regulate Wall Street, establish a multi-millionaire surtax, and review existing trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership.blank

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University of Michigan withdraws from hosting Biden-Trump debate due to coronavirus concerns

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June 23, 2020: The Commission on Presidential Debates announced on Tuesday that the second presidential debate was being moved from Michigan to Florida. Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Karen Bass is being vetted for vice president by the Biden campaign.

Daily Presidential News Briefing, Presidential poll highlights, 2019-2020 (Saint Anselm College • New Hampshire • June 13-16, 2020)


Daily Presidential News Briefing, Presidential poll highlights, 2019-2020 (Gravis Marketing • North Carolina • June 17, 2020)

Notable Quote of the Day

“Could a Black woman help boost turnout among Black voters, which dipped in 2016 compared to 2012? Maybe. Some political science research shows that Black people vote at higher rates when a Black candidate is on the ballot, although that finding is somewhat contested, and that research is about voting for a Black candidate, not a white candidate with a Black running mate.

That said, basically the only thing that Abrams, Bottoms, Demings, Rice and Harris have in common is that they are Black, women, and reportedly being considered as running mates by the Biden campaign. It’s really hard to claim that both Demings and Rice — the latter of whom has never even run for elected office — would obviously generate an electoral boost, and that those boosts would be of similar size. If the goal is to pick someone with skill in appealing to Black voters in particular, Abrams would seem to be head and shoulders above the rest of these Black women. She ran for governor and nearly won in a state with a huge Black population, in an election that saw a surge in Black voter turnout that was likely the result of her campaign.”

– Perry Bacon Jr., FiveThirtyEight

Election Updates

  • The Commission on Presidential Debates announced on Tuesday that the second presidential debate, scheduled for Oct. 15, is moving from the University of Michigan to the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami due to concerns with the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Joe Biden is vetting Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Karen Bass (Calif.) for vice president, according to CBS News.

  • Donald Trump is speaking in Phoenix on Tuesday at an event organized by Students for Trump. This is Trump’s third visit to Arizona in five months.

  • Retweeting a Breitbart article on election fraud, Trump wrote, “This will be the Election disaster of our time. Mail-In Ballots will lead to a RIGGED ELECTION!”

Flashback: June 23, 2016

Bernie Sanders delivered a speech, titled “Where We Go From Here,” to his supporters about the future of his movement.blank

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