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We’re Julia Manchester, Max Greenwood and Jonathan Easley. Here’s what we’re watching today on the campaign trail.
On Thursday, May 21 The Hill hosts Advancing the American Economy, a national virtual summit to discuss a responsible reopening of the US economy. Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinThe Hill’s Coronavirus Report: Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas says country needs to rethink what ‘policing’ means; US cases surpass 2 million with no end to pandemic in sight The Hill’s Morning Report – Treasury, Fed urge more spending, lending to ease COVID-19 wreckage Minnesota AG Keith Ellison says racism is a bigger problem than police behavior; 21 states see uptick in cases amid efforts to reopen MORE joins Editor-in-Chief Bob CusackRobert (Bob) CusackThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Thousands expected for George Floyd’s Houston visitation The Hill’s Morning Report – Capitol Hill weighs action on racial justice as protests carry on The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Mnuchin: More COVID-19 congressional action ahead MORE for a headline interview followed by an afternoon of discussions with leading CEOs and national health experts. Additional speakers to be announced. Register Now!
LEADING THE DAY:
A new Harvard CAPS/Harris poll shows former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE leading President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE less than six months out from the general election. Fifty-three percent of respondents said they would support Biden at the ballot box in November, while 47 percent said they would vote for Trump.
The survey, which was released exclusively to The Hill, comes as voters’ approval of Trump appears to sour amid the coronavirus pandemic. Trump’s approval rating dropped two points in the same poll to 47 percent, while voters’ approval of his handling of the coronavirus fell 5 points to 46 percent.
“[Trump] continues to lag in the national presidential horse race while Biden’s numbers have shown no change up or down. This race is far from over and both candidates have potentially winning scenarios,” Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll Director Mark PennMark PennThe Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden leads Trump by 6 points in new poll Biden leads Trump by 6 points as voters sour on pandemic response: poll Poll: Two-thirds of voters say the economy is on the wrong track MORE told The Hill.
Other surveys also show the president trailing the presumptive Democratic nominee. The RealClearPolitics polling average showed the presumptive Democratic nominee leading the president by 4.7 points on Tuesday.
The administration is facing backlash from public health officials and business leaders who say the White House does not have a national plan to handle the pandemic, instead deferring to individual states to set up their own reopening plans.
The White House has pushed back on criticism that it does not have a coordinated response. Press secretary Kayleigh McEnany touted the pandemic preparedness plan at a briefing last week.
Regardless, the race between Trump and Biden appears to be getting personal. Trump’s campaign launched a true-crime style website dubbed “Truth Over Facts” on Monday, hitting Biden over what the president’s campaign called “incomprehensible statements.” The Biden campaign, on the other hand, has continued to ding Trump on various fronts, including the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic and U.S.-China relations.
Biden leads Trump by 6 points as voters sour on pandemic response: poll, by Julia.
Brad Bannon: Klobuchar and Harris could bolster Biden in the Midwest.
Nathalie Rayes: We can engage voters and redefine elections in time of COVID-19.
FROM THE TRAIL:
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said in an interview with NBC’s “3rd Hour of Today” on Tuesday that she has had a “opening conversation” with Biden about her potential as his running mate. “I am making a little bit of time to stay connected to the campaign, but the most important thing that I have to do right now is be the governor of my home state. That’s all that matters to me in this moment,” she said. Max Greenwood reports.
Julie Chávez Rodriguez, the granddaughter of the late labor leader César Chávez, joined Biden’s campaign as senior Latino outreach adviser. Rodriguez will work with the former president of the Latino Victory Fund who manages Latino voter issues for the Biden campaign. She previously worked as the California state director for Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE’s presidential campaign. Jonathan Easley reports.
FROM CONGRESS & THE STATES:
Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) rolled out a slate of House and Senate endorsements on Tuesday. The former 2020 contender announced she was putting her support behind Air Force veteran MJ Hegar, who is challenging Sen. John CornynJohn CornynSenate headed for late night vote amid standoff over lands bill Koch-backed group launches ad campaign to support four vulnerable GOP senators Tim Scott to introduce GOP police reform bill next week MORE (R-Texas), in addition to endorsing former Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, who is challenging Rep. Chip RoyCharles (Chip) Eugene RoySmall businesses receive much-needed Paycheck Protection Program fixes House passes bill to grant flexibility for small business aid program The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Major space launch today; Trump feuds with Twitter MORE (R). Warren also endorsed a number of Democratic House incumbents, including Reps. Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroTop Hispanic Caucus members endorse Melissa Mark-Viverito in NY House primary Ousted watchdog says he told top State aides about Pompeo probe CHC says George Floyd death shows ‘tiny fraction’ of what people of color confront in their daily lives MORE (Texas), Lucy McBathLucia (Lucy) Kay McBathFloyd’s brother urges Congress to take action The Hill’s Campaign Report: Bad polling data is piling up for Trump Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE (Ga.) and Matt CartwrightMatthew (Matt) Alton CartwrightRepublican Jim Bognet to challenge Pennsylvania Rep. Matt Cartwright Key races to watch in Tuesday’s primaries The Hill’s Campaign Report: Buzz builds around Warren for VP MORE (Pa.). The Hill’s Zack Budryk reports.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezAttorney says 75-year-old man shoved by Buffalo police suffered brain injury How language is bringing down Donald Trump Highest-circulation Kentucky newspaper endorses Charles Booker in Senate race MORE (D-N.Y.) endorsed progressive Georgia House candidate Nabilah Islam in the state’s Democratic primary on Tuesday. Islam, who is seeking the open seat in Georgia’s 7th congressional district, is running on a progressive platform, including pledges to support “Medicare for All,” the Green New Deal and a $15 minimum wage. The Hill’s Rebecca Klar reports.
HARVARD CAPS/HARRIS- GENERAL PRESIDENTIAL
Biden: 53 percent
Trump: 47 percent
ROANOKE COLLEGE- VIRGINIA PRESIDENTIAL
Biden: 51 percent
Trump: 39 percent
OH PREDICTIVE INSIGHTS- ARIZONA PRESIDENTIAL
Biden: 50 percent
Trump: 43 percent
CIVIQS – GEORGIA PRESIDENTIAL
Biden: 48 percent
Trump: 47 percent
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(Keep in mind these dates could change because of the outbreak.)
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ONE HOPEFUL THING
Actor and noted Springfield, Missouri native, Brad Pitt, paid homage to his hometown in a video to Missouri State University’s 2020 graduates this week.
“Hi everyone, Brad here from quarantine, with a shout out to the graduating class of Missouri State University,” Pitt said in a video shared by the university.
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“It must be very strange doing this in these trying times, but know we’re rooting for you, our money’s on you to make this world a better place, and we wish you all the best in your future endeavors,” he continued.
Pitt is the latest famous figure to publicly offer his congratulations to the class of 2020, who have had to forgo a traditional graduation due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaHarris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Five ways America would take a hard left under Joe Biden Valerie Jarrett: ‘Democracy depends upon having law enforcement’ MORE and basketball star LeBron James joined a legion of other stars over the weekend to honor the class of 2020 in a virtual graduation ceremony dubbed “Graduate Together: America Honors The High School Class of 2020.”
Zendaya, Dua Lipa, Timothee Chalamet and Megan Rapinoe were among the other celebrities that participated in the special, which aired on more than 30 cable networks and digital platforms.
We’ll see you tomorrow for the latest campaign news and updates!