The race for the White House is still on – is anyone paying attention?April 4, 20202 min read
No matter what, this is an election year. In fact, despite a crisis of any proportion, according to the U.S. Constitution, the end of term for any sitting President happens this January.
But as the Democrats try and figure out what is left of their primary and President Trump is embroiled in the COVID-19 pandemic, what remains of the campaigns on either side of the aisle is anyone's guess.
Journalists and pollsters are still paying attention, and no doubt the campaigns are keeping close watch, but how the candidates move forward without rallies, the requisite handshaking and the whistle-stop events may force a new approach to engaging voters and getting messages across for November.
How each candidate behaves, reacts and endures during this crisis may also be critical to swaying voters about competence and leadership.
Biden, who does not currently hold office, has been struggling to stay in the public eye as the coronavirus forced millions of Americans inside their homes. While Trump has held daily televised briefings about the virus, Biden has had to shut down fundraisers and other campaign events, and election officials in many states have postponed their nominating contests.
Still, the poll found that the number of people who approve of Trump in general, and also those who like the way he has handled the U.S. coronavirus response, has changed very little over the past few weeks. About 44% said they approved of Trump's overall performance, and 48% said they liked the way he had responded to the coronavirus outbreak. April 01 - Reuters
The election is going to happen this November - but how it is done and which campaign masters the new normal of politics is still unknown.
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