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Longtime GOP voters flee Trump: ‘I’m willing to pay more taxes just to be away from him’

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The New York Times has conducted a series of interviews with traditionally conservative voters who now say they’re willing to support former Vice President Joe Biden in the 2020 election, even if it means their taxes will go up.

In the interviews, many of these voters said they’ve simply had enough of President Donald Trump.

“Just the lying, just the craziness, the bullying — I’d rather pay more money than be with him for another four years,” said 56-year-old Arizona resident Lorena Burns, who couldn’t bring herself to vote for either Trump or Hillary Clinton in 2016, but who will now support Biden. “I’m willing to pay more money in taxes just to be away from him. He’s corrupting the country.”

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Longtime New Hampshire Republican Peter Spaulding, meanwhile, tells the Times that he will most likely support Biden even though he backed Libertarian Gary Johnson four years ago.

While he would normally feel reservations about backing a Democrat, Spaulding said that was not the case “when the stakes are as high as they are this year.”

And 85-year-old Barbara Hill tells the Times that she will be backing Biden after she “wasted” her vote in 2016 by backing a third-party candidate.

Read the whole profile here.


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Trump campaign dispatches Pence to shore up Mormon support — after harsh criticism from Mitt Romney and Jeff Flake: report

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The president's 2020 election campaign continues to play defense in Arizona, a once reliably-Republican state.

"President Donald Trump's reelection campaign is looking to shore up support among a specific population of Arizonans: members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints," the Arizona Republica reported Monday. "Vice President Mike Pence is coming to Mesa Tuesday to help launch a 'Latter-day Saints for Trump' coalition in what appears to be a late-in-the-game play to win over LDS voters, who tend to vote Republican but hold values that clash with some of the president's."

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Here’s how Trump created a ‘significant threat’ to his re-election by failing on coronavirus stimulus

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Politico on Monday reported on how Donald Trump may have imperiled his 2020 presidential campaign by failing to reach a deal with Congress on the next round of stimulus.

"After a spring and summer bolstered by cash infusions from the federal government of more than $3 trillion, the U.S. economy may have to sink or swim this fall with a relative trickle of support — presenting a significant threat to President Donald Trump’s standing as he heads into a compressed reelection campaign already trailing in the polls," Politico's Ben White reported.

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Nevada GOP blasted for allowing ‘dangerous lies’ by the Trump campaign about the state’s elections

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Republicans were harshly criticized by veteran Nevada reporter Jon Ralson for telling "dangerous lies" about the state's upcoming 2020 election.

Ralston, the editor of The Nevada Independent, noted a tweet by former GOP Attorney General Adam Laxalt.

"Mail in voting is to voting what a take home exam is to a proctored one! And if you have a million dollar winning lottery ticket would you mail it in to claim the prize? Or would you hand carry it? Why would we treat the sacred right to vote with any more laxity?" Laxalt asked. "Secure our vote!"

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