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Were Julia Manchester, Max Greenwood and Jonathan Easley. Heres what were 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 MnuchinOn The Money: Recipients of PPP loans face big decision | Fed chair: US economy will rebound from coronavirus, but not by end of 2020 | White House adviser says fourth stimulus package may not be necessaryOvernight Health Care: Trump says he’s been taking hydroxychloroquine despite safety concerns | US coronavirus death toll tops 90,000 | Moderna reports ‘positive’ results from early data on coronavirus vaccine Treasury to deliver millions of coronavirus relief payments by prepaid debit cardMORE joins Editor-in-Chief Bob CusackRobert (Bob) CusackOvernight Health Care: Trump says he’s been taking hydroxychloroquine despite safety concerns | US coronavirus death toll tops 90,000 | Moderna reports ‘positive’ results from early data on coronavirus vaccine Overnight Defense: State Dept. watchdog was investigating emergency Saudi arms sales before ouster | Pompeo says he requested watchdog be fired for ‘undermining’ department | Pensacola naval base shooter had ‘significant ties’ to al Qaeda, Barr saysOvernight Energy: Biden campaign says he would revoke Keystone XL permit | EPA emails reveal talks between Trump officials, chemical group before 2017 settlement | Tensions emerge on Natural Resources panel over virtual meetingsMORE 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 BidenOvernight Energy: Biden campaign says he would revoke Keystone XL permit | EPA emails reveal talks between Trump officials, chemical group before 2017 settlement | Tensions emerge on Natural Resources panel over virtual meetingsThe Hill’s Campaign Report: DOJ, intel to be major issues in 2020Obama’s Trump attacks electrify Democrats, anger GOPMORE leading President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump slams Fox after hydroxychloroquine warning: ‘Looking for a new outlet’Trump threatens permanent freeze on WHO funding without ‘major’ reforms within 30 daysSchumer: Trump’s statements on hydroxychloroquine ‘is reckless, reckless, reckless’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. Trumps 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 Bidens 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 PennPoll: Two-thirds of voters say the economy is on the wrong trackMajority say they support decision to drop case against Flynn: poll Poll: Majority of US voters want country to remain closed for nowMORE 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. Trumps campaign launched a true-crime style website dubbed Truth Over Facts on Monday, hitting Biden over what the presidents 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 NBCs 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. Thats 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 Bidens 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 HarrisHarris urges GOP chairman to focus on coronavirus ahead of Biden-Burisma subpoena voteTrump and Biden signal bitter general election with latest attack adsObama addresses racial disparities, Ahmaud Arbery killing in speech to HBCU graduatesMOREs presidential campaign. Jonathan Easley reports.
FROM CONGRESS & THE STATES:
Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenTreasury has not disbursed B in airline support: oversight panelWarren says death of brother from COVID-19 ‘feels like something that didn’t have to happen’Biden, Warren team up in new video to surprise supporters with personal callsMORE (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 CornynThis week: McConnell tees up nominations ahead of Memorial DayOn The Money: Hopes fade for coronavirus relief deal this month | Burr problem grows for GOP | Layoffs hit record high of 11 million in MarchHouse Republican introduces bill to give meatpacking plants liability shieldMORE (R-Texas), in addition to endorsing former Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, who is challenging Rep. Chip RoyCharles (Chip) Eugene RoyBipartisan lawmakers introduce bill to make changes to Paycheck Protection ProgramHouse GOP urge Trump against supporting additional funding for state and local governmentsTrump steps up effort to blame China for coronavirusMORE (R). Warren also endorsed a number of Democratic House incumbents, including Reps. Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroDemocrats call for probe into ouster of State Dept. watchdogHispanic leaders warn census could undercount minority communities amid pandemicHillicon Valley: Experts raise security concerns about online voting | Musk finds supporter in Trump | Officials warn that Chinese hackers targeting COVID-19 research groupsMORE (Texas), Lucy McBathLucia (Lucy) Kay McBathHow the GOP hopes to overcome steep odds in House battleThe Hill’s Campaign Report: 200 days to Election Day 2020Ava DuVernay-produced documentary highlighting rising female politicians of color to air in June MORE (Ga.) and Matt CartwrightMatthew (Matt) Alton CartwrightHuman Rights Campaign rolls out congressional endorsements on Equality Act anniversary The Hill’s Campaign Report: Trump inflames red state-blue state coronavirus divideOvernight Energy: Coal industry seeks fee rollbacks amid coronavirus | Ex-lawyer for trophy hunting group joins Trump agency | EPA sued over reapproval of Roundup chemicalMORE (Pa.). The Hills Zack Budryk reports.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezThe Hill’s Campaign Report: DOJ, intel to be major issues in 2020Liberals embrace super PACs they once shunnedProgressives to buck party by voting against T coronavirus relief billMORE (D-N.Y.) endorsed progressive Georgia House candidate Nabilah Islam in the states Democratic primary on Tuesday. Islam, who is seeking the open seat in Georgias 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 Hills 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.)
Oregon, Idaho primaries
Hawaii Democratic primary
District of Columbia primaries
New Mexico primaries
Rhode Island primaries
South Dakota primaries
West Virginia primaries
New Jersey primaries
Alabama Republican Senate primary runoff
Democratic National Convention
Republican National Convention
ONE HOPEFUL THING
Actor and noted Springfield, Missouri native, Brad Pitt, paid homage to his hometown in a video to Missouri State Universitys 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.
It must be very strange doing this in these trying times, but know were rooting for you, our moneys 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 ObamaBarack Obama joins Michelle Obama to read children’s book for PBSMajority say they support decision to drop case against Flynn: poll James Woods defends Trump: He ‘loves America more than any president in my lifetime’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.
Well see you tomorrow for the latest campaign news and updates!