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Politics 'It's Trump vs. not-Trump:' After conventions, Biden looks to excite his base while Trump tries to expand his

14:20  01 september  2020
14:20  01 september  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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WASHINGTON – Hours before Donald Trump formally accepted the Republican nomination in front of 1,500 supporters on the South Lawn of the White House, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden told Illinois trial lawyers at a virtual fundraiser that he's going to start campaigning in person again.

Trump as impresario of a glitzy spectacle and Biden as participant of an online discussion served not only to highlight a contrast in styles but also provided a window into their differing strategies to win the Nov. 3 election.

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The president's speech capped a four-day convention that touched on the themes independent analysts and political allies say he will need to emphasize over the next nine weeks: a heightened response to the COVID-19 pandemic, tightening law and order amid growing unrest across the nation and portraying Biden as beholden to the  "radical left."

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In announcing campaign road trips that began Monday with a visit to Pittsburgh, Biden is hoping he can motivate more supporters while reaching out to swing voters who want to hear directly from a candidate whom Trump has derided as "hiding" in his Delaware home.

Now that the conventions are over, what must the two candidates do – or not do – to win on Nov. 3? For Biden it's exciting supporters, for Trump it's expanding his base.

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Trump failed to condemn accused Kenosha killer Kyle Rittenhouse, as Biden warned that the president ‘sows chaos’. Instead, the president suggested he was acting in self-defence, saying videos showed that Rittenhouse was “ trying to get away” having been “very violently attacked”.

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Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics, said he doesn't think the former vice president has to worry about enthusiasm as much as other political prognosticators think.

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"It's Trump vs. not-Trump, and the onus is on Trump to break up the current reality, which is that Biden is well ahead," he said, referring to national polls and those in battleground states showing the former vice president ahead but not as much as he once was.

"But the president's actually in the place he likes to be, which isn't the frontrunner but the underdog," Sabato added. "Most people understand he's got an uphill battle and all things considered you'd rather be Biden than Trump, but Trump is in the position he likes to be in."

Return to 'normalcy'

The Election Day sprint comes after another tumultuous week in America.

Violence erupted on the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin, following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man who was shot seven times in the back as he walked toward the front of his car.

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Coronavirus deaths in the U.S. surged past 180,000 – by far the highest toll on the planet.

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Trump , as well as his campaign, immediately hit back. Moments after Biden ' s speech ended, the president accused him of "blaming the Police far more "He was trying to get away from them I guess it looks like. And he fell, and then they very violently attacked him. And it was something that we're

Trump may have gotten a small bump out of his convention , but he still clearly trails former Vice President Joe Biden . If later polling data confirms this The new ABC News/Ipsos poll is especially harsh for Trump . Although it did not poll the horse race, it did poll the candidates' favorability ratings.

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GOP and Democratic allies say the candidate likeliest to win is the one who can convince the majority of voters that they're the better choice to bring a sense of "normalcy" to a politically fractured, pandemic-battered, racially divided nation exhausted by continuous strife.

That will be a hard sell for the president, said Steve Schale, the director of United The Country, a pro-Biden super PAC targeting voters in upper Midwest states which propelled Trump to victory in 2016.

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“For Trump to get to a win, he has to convince a lot of groups of voters that have basically decided he’s not a good president, starting with seniors, suburban women, non- college educated women, and African American voters," he said.

Schale said his group's job is to explain to the voters why change is better for everybody, adding that Trump must "convince people after three and a half years why he should be re-elected after crashing the economy and leading a virus response that let 180,000 people die.”

A recent Biden ad, which accused Trump of failing to contain the COVID-19 pandemic and leaving "America on the sidelines," shows empty football stadiums in Wisconsin and Michigan – key battleground states – that would have been full on autumn Saturdays had the Big Ten college football season not been canceled.

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President Donald Trump claimed on Twitter that he would knock former Vice President Joe Biden “out cold.” A high school and collegiate footballer, Biden also played baseball, though it is unknown if he ever engaged in any physical altercations on or off the field during his time as an athlete.

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GOP strategist Ford O'Connell, however, said he believes an increasing number of key voters, such as seniors and suburbanites, are beginning to view Trump as the candidate best suited to restore normalcy, especially as civil unrest continues to spark violence in places such as Kenosha where he plans to visit Tuesday.

“The arc that he’s on, I think he’s going to win," O'Connell said.

"But he has to continue driving this (message) home that: 'you have a lot to lose. I’m front and center on (COVID). It’s about safety and security. And, by the way, Biden's a figurehead for the far left and he’s promising to bring back the sun except he’s been in Washington for nearly 50 years and hasn’t done it yet," he said.

Trump targets suburbs

Trump and the Republicans are targeting the suburbs as they try to expand their vote by warning how a Democratic win this November will bring unrest to all American's doorsteps.

A new political ad released on Friday the Republican National Committee stitches footage of protesters aggressively confronting lawmakers, such as GOP Sen. Rand Paul, of Kentucky, on the streets with sound effects from "The Purge" a 2013 film about an America where lawlessness is allowed one day a year.

The digital spot warns viewers of how "violent radicals" have overtaken U.S. cities and want to "purge the police" from the streets.

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"This is the America Democrats are fighting for," the Aug. 28 tweet said, "violence, chaos, and no rule of law."

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., who was shot by a left-wing gunman during a congressional baseball practice in 2017, is among those promoting the president's narrative.

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"These are the images the left, the media, and Joe Biden don't want you to see," Scalise said in an Aug. 30 tweet. "They want to silence anyone who exposes the violence and destruction they've been labeling as 'peaceful protests' for months."

Underneath the message was a more than one-minute long video mixing footage of different protests, acts of violence and Democratic officials, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calling Trump and the GOP "domestic enemies" of the country.

Pelosi was referring to efforts to suppress the vote and criticizing mail-in voting.

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Trump's outreach to suburban white women, in particular, comes less than two years after Democrats took back the House by flipping more than 40 seats, many representing cities and counties surrounding big cities.

But if the president wanted to reach out to political moderates in the suburbs, his convention made that job tougher, said Terry Madonna, director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

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"Well, we saw the Trump convention. Advocates against gun control. What else did we see? Climate change and the environment (being minimized)," Madonna said. "That raises a serious problem with college-educated suburban women who do want gun control, who are concerned about climate change, and who, on cultural issues, are liberal.”

A Washington Post/ABC poll conducted Aug. 12-15 found Biden ahead of Trump among registered suburban voters, 51% to 43%, with an even greater lead among suburban women, 54% to 41%.

Biden walks COVID campaign tightrope

Biden's appearance Monday in Pittsburgh was in keeping with his call for socially distant and medically cautious conduct during the pandemic.

He spoke for roughly 24 minutes, reading from a teleprompter but ad-libbing at times. There was no cheering crowd that could elevate the moment or convey excitement – just a group of reporters seated with social distancing guidelines in place.

Further campaign stops are likely to mimic the format, particularly because Biden has made Trump's failure to control the virus the central plank of his argument.

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Sarah Audelo, executive director for Alliance for Youth Action, said Democrats are going to have a harder task navigating traditional campaigning during the coronavirus crisis because they take the virus more seriously. She said for political candidates and nonpartisan groups the work is better done in the field, but that keeping people safe takes precedent.

"How the vice president is getting out there is something we all need to watch very closely," Audelo said.

The Pew Research Center found in July that 85% Democrats and those who lean toward the party view the coronavirus as a major threat.

Schale, the Biden super PAC leader, said the former vice president is "respecting the (federal) guidelines on this freaking virus."

"I don’t think you're going to see Joe Biden holding super spreader events around the country like the president," he added.

During Thursday's acceptance speech by Trump at the White House, hundreds of attendees sat on the South Lawn nearly shoulder to shoulder without wearing masks.

On the Republican side, Pew Research found in July, 45% of the GOP and its leaners said they see the contagion as a major public health threat. That is about even with the 46% of Republicans who said they see COVID-10 as a minor threat.

Trump is already resuming campaign stops, having visited New Hampshire Friday and planning a robust schedule for this fall.

O'Connell, the GOP pollster, said that's a key for his re-election because rallies help the enthusiasm of his base.

"What people don’t realize is, yes, (rallies) energize him, but they also energize his supporters and his supporters in key places, whether its New Hampshire or the I-4 corridor in Florida," he said. "They become like evangelists for him.”

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 'It's Trump vs. not-Trump:' After conventions, Biden looks to excite his base while Trump tries to expand his

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