Distinguished Republicans have begun to openly distance themselves from the president as they worry about what Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse called a possible “blue tsunami” where Democrats could retain the U.S. House while taking control of the U.S. Senate. of the White House.
Desperate to change the course of the contest, Trump’s advisers begged him to take a less militant approach on Thursday than in the first debate when he created an almost unobtrusive event by repeatedly interrupting Biden and concluding his remarks with personal remarks. against the former vice president and his son, Hunter.
To prevent a repeat of this chaotic event, the Presidential Debates Committee took the unprecedented step of changing the rules: the candidate’s microphones will be cut off, while his opponent will answer the first question in each of the six sections. The topics of the discussion, which will be moderated by Kristen Welker, are “Fighting Covid-19”, “American Families”, “Race in America”, “Change Change”, “National Security” and “Leadership”. The 90-minute discussion begins at 9 p.m. ET.
The two candidates will be separated by large plexiglass dams at the Curb Event Center in Nashville. The hurdles were suggested by medical advisers from the Cleveland Clinic, according to Frank Fahrenkopf, chairman of the Presidential Debates Committee.
The second discussion scheduled between the two men was canceled after Trump tested positive for coronavirus and refused to participate in a virtual discussion.
Both men face tough checks as they face an audience of tens of millions of people for the last time. Biden is trying to improve his margin with Hispanic voters, in part to concentrate his numbers in the states of Florida and Arizona at a time when he is performing worse with these voters than Clinton did.
Trump is struggling with women voters, who are gaining ground in Biden. And he also needs to tighten his grip on one of his key constituencies, the white college-educated voters. Trump beat those voters by 30 points in 2016, but currently holds only a 19-point margin in that demographic, according to an analysis by CNN’s Harry Eden. Biden, who was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, has proven to be a formidable opponent of Clinton over those voters – one of the reasons he has a better run in the Midwestern states than the 2016 Democratic nominee.
To bolster his stance, Trump advisers hope he will focus on the laser in the economy, an area where he has traditionally had a clear advantage over Biden. But Trump has shown little message discipline even in the final days of this fight.
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