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Pennsylvania swing voters have some surprisingly positive opinions about Trump: focus group

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Former Vice President Joe Biden’s strategy to beat Trump in 2020 is to appeal to swing voters in states like Pennsylvania who went for Obama in 2012–but switched to Trump in 2016.

But according to a new focus group conducted by Engagious, partnering with Focus Pointe Global, voters who went for Trump in Pennsylvania are largely happy with the president’s performance.

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Axios described what they found.

“I would be willing to vote for someone other than Trump who would continue the initiatives he’s started” with the economy, tariffs and immigration, said Tara Biddle, a 37-year-old kindergarten teacher.

An older man who’d previously voted for Obama wished a full two terms for the president. “When I changed my vote I gave him eight years,” said 62-year-old David R.

The focus group also seemed unperturbed by the findings of the Mueller probe, which critics say were obscured by the Justice Department at the behest of William Barr.

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“You could investigate every president; they’re all shady,” another woman said. “Let’s just move on and let him do his job.”


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A historian of Nazi Germany explains why the divided opposition to Trump should terrify you

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As we witnessed in the third Democratic primary debate last week, Democratic presidential candidates are struggling to distinguish themselves from their party rivals and competing for endorsements. Their horizontal vision in these disagreements diverts their gaze from the peril we face as Donald Trump dismantles the norms that have guided our political life since 1776.

Whatever their differences, Democratic candidates must agree to broad principles related to key issues, for example, immigration, health care, and the growing wealth gap. A general consensus would leave plenty of room for healthy debates about implementation, but failure to emphasize shared ideals in relationship to two or three major questions will blunt Democrats’ offensive against a candidate whose campaign is based on slander and fear.

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Trump’s longshot bid to win New Mexico has political leaders baffled: ‘He’s a batsh*t racist’

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Despite losing New Mexico by eight points in the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump and his campaign manager Brad Pascale are making big plans to win the state in 2020 -- and that has political observers baffled.

With Trump appearing in New Mexico on Monday night, Politico reports the president has his work cut out for him in a state that saw the GOP lose the governorship and one House seat in 2018.

"The Land of Enchantment has voted for a Republican presidential candidate only once since 1992. With a considerable nonwhite voter population and all-Democratic congressional delegation, it’s not exactly fertile ground for a surprise GOP victory," the report notes before adding that Parscale feels they can make inroads this go-around.

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Why won’t the Democrats talk openly about impeachment?

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The ABC/Univision Democratic debate last week ran a bit more smoothly than the previous two, even managing to squeeze in a decent discussion on climate change and Afghanistan policy. These events are always more theater than substance, particularly with so many people on the stage. But early debates in the primary season are where engaged partisan voters outside the early states get a chance to see the larger field of candidates and develop a sense of where the party's center of gravity is in the current election cycle.

This article was originally published at Salon

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