Politics Perez on Biden's poll leads: Democrats 'take nothing for granted'
Biden leads Trump by 12 points nationally, president trails on pandemic trust, in new poll
Biden's 12-point lead in Sunday's ABC News/Washington Post poll was the latest in a series of surveys to find the president down by double digits.The poll, conducted Oct. 6-9, has Biden up 53%-41% against Trump among registered voters and 54%-42% among likely voters.
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez said on Sunday that the party is taking "nothing for granted" even though presidential nominee Joe Biden leads in several recent national and swing state polls.
When questioning Perez on "Face The Nation," CBS's Margaret Brennan cited the that show Biden with an edge over President Trump in Wisconsin and Arizona, adding that the election results are "going to be dependent on turnout."
"Do you think the Democratic Party has done enough in the midst of this pandemic to drive up either easy balloting or ability to go to the poll?" Brennan asked.
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Read the full transcript of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's ABC News town hall, Thursday at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. © Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images Democratic Presidential candidate and former US Vice President Joe Biden and moderator George Stephanopoulos participate in an ABC News town hall event at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Oct. 15, 2020. Please note: This is a rush transcript that may not be in its final form, and may be updated.
"Well, I always caution people, never to go on the 'poll-er-coaster,'" Perez responded. "We take nothing for granted."
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Perez's remarks align with the for voters not to "become complacent" because of the national and battleground state polls showing Biden leads.
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"We cannot become complacent because the very searing truth is that Donald Trump can still win this race, and every indication we have shows that this thing is going to come down to the wire," Biden's campaign manager, Jen O'Malley Dillon, wrote in a memo obtained by The Hill on Saturday.
Impatient Democrats want Biden to do more in Texas
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The whispers about Texas are picking up again. Polls are unusually tight. Political money is piling up. Millions of new voters are on the rolls, and Jill Biden flew in this week for an 800-mile campaign swing that stretched from El Paso to Houston. Taken together, all signs point toward November's election being the closest in America's biggest red state in decades. But that is no high bar given a long trail of blowouts. And with early voting already underway, the surprise of Democrat Joe Biden appearing viable in Texas so late in the game is making some party leaders and supporters impatient for the former vice president to go all in.
"While we see robust leads at the national level, in the states we're counting on to carry us to victory like Arizona and North Carolina we're only up by three points." Dillon said in the memo. "We also know that even the best polling can be wrong, and that variables like turnout mean that in a number of critical states we are functionally tied - and that we need to campaign like we're trailing."
Democratic leaders, including Dillon, have pointed to the 2016 election, in which former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lost the election, even though she won the popular vote and many polls predicted she would win the election ahead of time.
But Perez emphasized voter "enthusiasm" in his interview with "Face The Nation," citing early vote totals in Wisconsin, where he said more than 25 percent of people have voted, and in Florida, where he said 2.4 million people have voted.
"And what's really interesting is the Democrats are overwhelmingly turning in their ballots and 350,000 of the Democrats that have turned in their ballots haven't voted in the last two elections," he said.
"So it's not just people who are voting for convenience," he added. "It's people who haven't turned out, and that shows the enthusiasm for Joe Biden and [Sen.] Kamala Harris [(D-Calif.)]," referring to the former vice president's running mate
The Democratic chairman said Biden was "uniquely qualified to bring people together," but acknowledged "we have more work to do, and folks gotta get out there and vote."
Two national polls released last week - an NPR-PBS NewsHour-Marist poll and an NBC-Wall Street Journal poll - found the president trailing Biden nationally by 11 percentage points.
Battleground polls overall have shown Biden with an edge over Trump.
Majority of voters say Biden won second debate, poll finds .
Sixty-five percent of voters said the candidates were mostly respectful of each other's time, as opposed to 10% who said that after the first debate.Fifty-four percent of voters who watched the Thursday debate said Biden performed the best, while 39% said that Trump did. Eight percent of voters who watched weren’t sure or had no opinion on who did best.