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Biden, Obama discuss healthcare and Trump in new campaign video

July 23, 2020: The Biden campaign is releasing “President Obama and Vice President Biden: A Socially Distanced Conversation” on Thursday. Jo Jorgensen released a digital campaign ad focused on foreign policy.

Campaign Ad Comparison

"Truth" - Joe Biden, campaign ad

"Break In" - Donald Trump, campaign ad

Notable Quote of the Day

“Polls show a tight race for president in Georgia, forcing Trump to start airing ads in the state over the summer. And Republican-aligned groups are pouring more than $21 million into TV campaigns backing GOP candidates for Georgia’s two U.S. Senate seats on the ballot. But Biden’s campaign still has little organizational footprint in Georgia, relying instead on the state Democratic Party and surrogates to promote his campaign and drive outreach efforts. The state party shifted its organizing apparatus to focus on vote-by-mail, resulting in more than 1.6 million voter contacts revolving around absentee ballots this year.”

– Greg Bluestein, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Election Updates

  • Joe Biden is releasing a video on Thursday featuring Biden and Barack Obama talking about the presidency, the coronavirus pandemic, healthcare, and other issues. The campaign titled the video “President Obama and Vice President Biden: A Socially Distanced Conversation.”
  • During a virtual town hall organized by the Service Employees International Union, Biden called Donald Trump the first racist president of the United States. Trump responded, “I’ve done more for Black Americans than anybody with the possible exception of Abraham Lincoln. Nobody has even been close.”
  • draft of the Democratic Party platform mentions Medicare for All for the first time, Politico reported on Wednesday. The Democratic National Committee’s Platform Committee will consider the document on July 27.
  • The Trump campaign has made 3 million voter contacts in North Carolina, according to a spokeswoman from the Republican National Committee. The campaign has more than 120 staffers in the state.
  • Howie Hawkins shared a blog post he wrote about non-voters, describing them as alienated rather than apathetic. He highlighted turnout rates among working-class voters.
  • Jo Jorgensen released a digital campaign ad, “War Is Over,” focused on foreign policy and national security. “We need to have a strong military defending our shores, but there’s no reason for us to be defending the rest of the world. It only makes things worse. We’ve got to come home,” Jorgensen says in the clip.

What We’re Reading

Flashback: July 23, 2016

The Democratic Rules Committee voted to establish a Unity Commission tasked with making recommendations on the primary process.

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Trump raises $20 million during virtual fundraiser

July 22, 2020: Donald Trump raised $20 million during the campaign’s first virtual fundraiser. Joe Biden launched a $15 million advertising campaign across six battleground states.

Facebook Spending, July 13-19, 2020

Notable Quote of the Day

“Most concerning are the deep fakes that could occur around the 2020 presidential campaign and election, particularly as voting patterns shift due to COVID restrictions. Messages about polling places, voting methods (mail-in, etc.) and whom to vote for are already ripe for disinformation campaigns from our adversaries looking to sew chaos. But imagine a deep fake campaign in which the voices Americans trust – governors, state officials, prominent community leaders, faith leaders, veteran journalists – are hijacked and swapped out for alternative messages. A campaign to trick voters into casting their ballots incorrectly – or at the wrong place or time – could disenfranchise large numbers of Americans.”

– Jeremy Bash, managing director at Beacon Global Strategies, and Michael Steed, founder of Paladin Capital Group

Election Updates

  • Joe Biden said Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was still in contention to be his running mate on Tuesday.
  • The Biden campaign launched a $15 million advertising campaign across digital, radio, and print in Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. The campaign, which includes English- and Spanish-language ads, will run for a week.
  • Biden hired new senior directors and 114 additional staff members in North Carolina, including Kate Hendrickson as state political director. Hendrickson previously worked as the North Carolina political director for Mike Bloomberg’s 2020 presidential campaign.
  • Donald Trump raised $20 million from 300,000 donors during the campaign’s first virtual fundraiser. Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle, the national chair of the Trump Victory Finance Committee, hosted the event.
  • The Trump campaign released a Spanish-language ad in the Miami media market focused on criticizing the Goya Foods boycott and comparing Biden to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.
  • Newsweek interviewed Howie Hawkins and Jo Jorgensen in an article about Green and Libertarian inclusion in general election polls.
  • Kanye West filed to appear on the Illinois ballot as an independent presidential candidate on Monday.

What We’re Reading

Flashback: July 22, 2016

Hillary Clinton announced that she had chosen Sen. Tim Kaine as her vice presidential running mate.

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Biden launches $15 million ad campaign in battleground states

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June 18, 2020: Joe Biden launched a $15 million ad campaign in battleground states. The Lincoln Project released an ad questioning Donald Trump’s health.

Notable Quote of the Day

“One might argue our digital age is immune to history’s lessons, or suggest that Biden’s low-key campaign is little match for his opponent’s ability to drive news cycles. Those still scarred by Hillary Clinton’s surprising defeat might additionally desire that Biden offer the bold agenda voters perceived her front-running campaign lacked. Bold stances invite critique, however. Bold stances also mean nothing until one takes power. The lesson offered by Washington, Lincoln and Roosevelt is that quiet amid cacophony is what it takes to win the presidency during dire times. Avoiding hysteria or potentially divisive details of possible recovery plans will also enable maximum freedom of action once in office.”

Jeffrey Engel, director of Southern Methodist University’s Center for Presidential History

Election Updates

  • Joe Biden is launching a $15 million ad campaign featuring digital, radio, and print ads in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Florida, Arizona, and North Carolina. In two different clips, Biden speaks about racial injustice and the middle class. The campaign includes $1 million in Spanish-language ads in Florida and Arizona.
  • Several Massachusetts Democrats, including former state party chair Phil Johnston and Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III, have said they will not attend the Democratic National Convention due to concerns with the coronavirus pandemic. “In 40 years plus I’ve only missed two conventions, and there’s no way I’m going to go. Most people I talked to do not intend to go,” said Johnston. 
  • The Trump Victory Finance Committee launched the Senate Captains program to encourage Republican senators to act as volunteer fundraisers for Donald Trump’s campaign.
  • Matt Borges, a former chairman of the Ohio Republican Party, founded an anti-Trump group called Right Side PAC, which will target voters in battleground states. Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci is part of the group.
  • The Lincoln Project released an ad questioning Trump’s physical health. A second ad from the group criticizes the upcoming rally in Tulsa.
  • Former national security adviser John Bolton said Trump prioritized his re-election over the national interest in The Room Where It Happened, a new book set to be published next week. Trump called Bolton a liar and said that “everybody in the White House hated John Bolton.” The Justice Department filed a lawsuit against Bolton for breach of contract and is seeking to establish a constructive trust from Bolton’s book advance and royalties.
  • More than 50 Trump campaign surrogates will attend the Tulsa rally on Saturday, including Sens. Jim Inhofe, James Lankford, and Tom Cotton. Multiple camera crews will also be at the event, which Axios described as “a giant commercial for Trump’s re-election campaign, an answer to protests outside the White House and a trial run for Republican National Convention events in Jacksonville this August.”

What We’re Reading

Flashback: June 18, 2016

Apple announced it would not provide funding or support for the 2016 Republican National Convention. The company previously contributed money and tech supplies to both Democrats and Republicans in previous conventions.

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Biden crosses delegate threshold for Democratic nomination

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June 8, 2020: Biden crossed the delegate threshold necessary to win the Democratic presidential nomination. America First Action began an ad campaign criticizing Biden on economics.

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Notable Quote of the Day

“Joe Biden is suddenly a clear favorite in the general election battle against President Trump given rising poll numbers nationally and in key swing states, meaning he must now figure out how to run as a front-runner.

It’s no easy task, especially against an opponent in Trump who is comfortable running as an underdog and who has the presidential bully pulpit and a healthy campaign war chest to throw at his opponent. … 

The quandary for Biden and Democrats is how to win while ahead and retain the momentum Biden has won over the last few months — momentum that has come more from Trump’s own problems and news events than actions by Biden.”

— Amie Parnes, The Hill

Election Updates

  • The Associated Press reported on June 5 that Joe Biden had crossed the delegate threshold necessary to win the Democratic presidential nomination, with the tabulation of election results from the June 2 primaries putting him over 1,991 delegates. Biden wrote, “It was an honor to compete alongside one of the most talented groups of candidates the Democratic party has ever fielded — and I am proud to say that we are going into this general election a united party.”
  • Biden won Democratic caucuses in Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands on June 6.
  • Biden spoke at the Texas Democratic Party’s virtual convention on June 6. He said, “We have to keep the House of Representatives. We have to win over the United States Senate. We have to flip the Texas House. We have to lead and deliver meaningful change for people who are hurting all across this nation.”
  • Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who served in George W. Bush’s administration, said he planned to vote for Biden.
  • Donald Trump responded to Powell, “Somebody please tell highly overrated Colin Powell that I will have gotten almost 300 Federal Judges approved (a record), Two Great Supreme Court Justices, rebuilt our once depleted Military, Choice for Vets, Biggest Ever Tax & Regulation Cuts, Saved Healthcare & 2A, & much more!”
  • Trump tweeted, “CNN Polls are as Fake as their Reporting. Same numbers, and worse, against Crooked Hillary. The Dems would destroy America!”
  • On June 5, America First Action began an ad campaign criticizing Biden on economics in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. The super PAC is spending $7.5 million through July 4 on TV, digital, and mail ads in the three states.

What We’re Reading

Flashback: June 8, 2016

Following primaries in California and five other states the night before, the Associated Press reported, “Hillary Clinton has reached another delegate milestone: She’s now won a majority of delegates from primaries and caucuses. … Based on primaries to date, Clinton now has 2,203 delegates — or more than half of the 4,051 total pledged delegates — following Tuesday’s contests, in which she also won New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota. Sanders has 1,828.”

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Biden will give keynote address at Minn. DFL convention Sunday

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May 29, 2020: Biden is scheduled to give the keynote address at Minnesota’s DFL convention on Sunday. Republican National Committee leaders asked North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper for a response on expectations for the Republican National Convention by June 3.

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Ballotpedia's Daily Presidential News Briefing, Staffer SpotlightBallotpedia's Daily Presidential News Briefing, Staffer Spotlight - Cole Blocker

Cole Blocker is a Republican staffer with experience in fundraising and campaign finance. Blocker graduated from Southern Methodist University with a bachelor’s degree in management science and operations research.

Previous campaign work:

  • 2016 Donald Trump presidential campaign, aide to vice chairman for finance Woody Johnson
  • 2016 Jeb Bush presidential campaign, aide to national finance chairman Woody Johnson

Other experience:

  • 2017-2019: White House Visitors Office, deputy director
  • 2015-2017: Grigsby Applegate, LLC, project consultant

Notable Quotes of the Day

“Just about every poll we’ve seen on this issue demonstrates bipartisan support for expanding vote-by-mail systems and offering Americans safe voting options this year. If rejecting vote-by-mail is part of a Republican strategy to win in November, it’s a short-sighted one. Old-line opposition to voting reform is only alienating GOP voters at a time when many Republican Senate candidates are lagging behind Democrats in fundraising and polling. The same Hart Research Associates poll showed that 40 percent of Republicans would react unfavorably toward a GOP senator who opposed diversifying options for voting. The data are clear: Voters of both parties don’t want their access to the ballot to be limited. My party should listen to the voters.”

Michael SteeleNational Review

“The Democratic Party is pushing mail-in voting as the safest way to cast ballots amid the coronavirus pandemic. But the party is struggling to persuade a bedrock constituency: African Americans. … During the most recent national elections, the 2018 congressional midterms, only about 11% of black voters cast their ballots by mail, according to Census figures. That’s the lowest percentage of any measured ethnic group, and it’s just under half the rate of white voters. There are a variety of reasons. For African Americans such as Fason, striding to the polls is a powerful act, both symbolic and substantive. Some black voters fear their mail ballots might get lost or rejected. African Americans are more transient than other racial groups and have high rates of homelessness, government statistics show, major barriers to mail voting.”

John WhitesidesReuters

Election Updates

  • U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and Whoopi Goldberg hosted a virtual fundraiser for Joe Biden that featured performances by musicians Sheryl Crow, Rufus Wainwright, Jimmy Buffett, Joe Walsh, and David Crosby.
  • Biden appeared in a Washington Post TikTok video skit encouraging people to wear masks.
  • Biden is scheduled to give a virtual keynote address at the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party’s convention on Sunday.
  • The new organization Republican Voters Against Trump is spending $10 million on an ad campaign attempting to persuade Republican voters to vote for Biden.
  • Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Brad Parscale, issued a statement on Trump’s “Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship.” Parscale said, “We have known for a long time that social media companies have it in for conservatives in general and President Trump specifically. … Since social media companies have not appropriately self-regulated to stop the bias on their own, President Trump has stepped in to make sure Silicon Valley is held accountable for trying to manipulate the American people.”
  • The Trump Make America Great Again Committee is running digital ads on Facebook picturing Joe Biden wearing a mask in front of a Chinese flag and Trump not wearing a mask in front of an American flag.
  • Republican National Committee leaders sent North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) an outline of their planned safety precautions for the Republican National Convention. The letter said, “If there are any additional guidelines to what is outlined above that we will be expected to meet, you need to let us know by Wednesday, June 3.”

What We’re Reading

Flashback: May 29, 2016

Trump gave a speech at the Lincoln Memorial to participants in the Memorial Day weekend Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally. He said, “When you think of the great General Patton and all our generals, they are spinning in their graves when they watch we can’t beat ISIS. … We are going to knock the hell out of them.”

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Daily Presidential News Briefing for April 29th, 2020: Amash launches exploratory committee for Libertarian nomination

April 29, 2020: Justin Amash launches an exploratory committee for the Libertarian presidential nomination. Former senior Bernie Sanders aides form a pro-Joe Biden super PAC. 

Ballotpedia is monitoring changes made to election dates and procedures in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Notable Quote of the Day

“Normally, polling places would be secured. Orders for printing ballots would be put in. Machines need to be procured; it’s a little too early to program them. It’s a little early to start hiring for poll workers. But all of the activity that takes place before the election would happen, except in those states that are still going to run primaries.

Preparations need to happen right now. If you’re expecting five times the number of absentee-ballot applications — like Wisconsin saw — you’re going to need to have a printer set up for that, and you’re gonna need to have a procedure set up to mail those ballots out. And if people have to apply for absentee ballots individually, those are all going to have to be processed. Lots needs to happen now that wouldn’t ordinarily have to happen quite so early.”

–  Rick Hasen, professor at University of California, Irvine

Election Updates

  • Justin Amash announced on Tuesday that he was launching an exploratory committee for the Libertarian presidential nomination. He said, “We’re ready for a presidency that will restore respect for our Constitution and bring people together. I’m excited and honored to be taking these first steps toward serving Americans of every background as president.”
  • During a virtual town hall on women and COVID-19, Hillary Clinton endorsed Biden.
  • Jeff Weaver and other former senior aides to Bernie Sanders have formed a new group, Future to Believe In, to promote progressive support for Biden.
  • Donald Trump discussed testing capacity, the possibility of community spread in states that are reopening, and the Payroll Protection Program during a press briefing on Tuesday afternoon.
  • Priorities USA is airing an ad in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania attacking Trump on his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. The narrator says in the clip, “Donald Trump said he would put America first, and now he has. The United States leads the world in coronavirus cases.”
  • Andrew Yang and seven of his New York delegates filed a lawsuit against New York after the board of elections removed Yang’s name from the ballot and canceled the Democratic primary.

What We’re Reading

Flashback: April 29, 2016

Mike Pence said he was voting for Ted Cruz in the Indiana Republican primary. He added, “Let me be very clear on this race: Whoever wins the Republican nation for president of the United States, I’m going to work my heart out to get elected this fall.”