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It’s Getting Late Early for the Trump Re-Election Effort

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It’s Getting Late Early for the Trump Re-Election Effort

The Wall Street Journal July 29, 2020
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If he wants a second term, he needs to convince voters that he’s the best choice to oversee the recovery.

Trump supporters don’t like to hear this, but with just over three months to go before Election Day, their guy is playing catch-up.

Yes, some pollsters were off four years ago, but that merely confirms that polls (and pundits) are fallible, not that they’re always wrong and should be ignored. The president often derides polls that show him trailing, but if he didn’t take them seriously he wouldn’t have replaced his campaign manager earlier this month.

Mr. Trump preferred to run against a Democrat from the progressive wing of the party. But Joe Biden spoiled those plans, and the Covid-19 response stamped out the president’s best argument for re-election: a growing economy with low unemployment and rising wages among broad swaths of workers. What’s left is a White House in search of a consistent campaign message.

Continue reading the entire piece here at The Wall Street Journal (paywall)

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Jason L. Riley is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a columnist at The Wall Street Journal, and a Fox News commentator. Follow him on Twitter here.

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