Republicans say President TrumpDonald John Trump: Trump rally triggers quarantine of dozens of Republican Secret Service agents: Trump needs new plan Trump faces ObamaCare court deadline as political terrain changes MORE he should make a course correction and change his strategy after a series of sad polls misrepresented him following the presumed Democratic presidential candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenGOP: Trump needs a new plan to distract Trump, fuels right-wing violence Biden to accept nomination in Milwaukee amid reduced convention MORE.
Republican senators thought Trump was sailing for re-election just a few months ago, but now they are concerned that his relentless focus on speeding up his party’s base is hurting his chances, as well as theirs of maintaining control of the upper house.
“I think right now, obviously, Trump has a problem with the middle of the electorate, with the independents, and it’s the people who are going to decide a national election,” Whip said. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneGOP: Trump Needs New Plan Police Reform in Limbo After Senate Setback Hillicon Valley: Justice Department Announces Substitute Indictment Against Assange From WikiLeaks | Facebook ad boycott gains momentum | FBI Sees Rise in Coronavirus-Related Cyber Threats | Boston city government bans facial recognition technology MORE (RS.D.) said on Wednesday.
“I think you can get them back, but it will probably require not only a message that addresses substance and politics, but I think a message that conveys perhaps a different tone,” he added.
When asked if the poll that shows Trump far behind Biden is a wake-up call, Thune said it is a “message” that the White House needs to change its strategy.
“These polls are a snapshot in time and the electorate, as we know, can be very fluid, but I think it is a message that there certainly should be a change in strategy probably in regards to the White House messages.” , said. .
A New York Times-Siena College poll released Wednesday showed Biden leading Trump by 14 points in a national poll of 1,337 registered voters. Biden’s advantage was greater among some key groups. He had a 21-point advantage among independents, a 22-point advantage among women, and a 28-point advantage among white college-educated voters.
That’s a problem for Senate Republicans, who see women and college-educated voters in the suburbs as critical of keeping their majority.
Senator Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoGOP: Trump Needs New Night Energy Plan: Senate Passes Major Land Conservation Bill | Mnuchin ordered to give Native American tribes full stimulus funds | Key Republican jeopardizes Trump’s nomination for consumer safety Key Republican jeopardizes Trump’s nomination for consumer safety selection MORE (W.Va.), a leadership adviser to the Republican Senate Party, said Trump’s luck has changed with the coronavirus pandemic.
“Pre-COVID … I thought the president could spend the day with women and college-educated voters,” she said, noting the nation’s low unemployment and rising wages at the time.
“With high unemployment and the economy shattered by COVID, I needed to adjust its message,” he said. “That’s where the slide probably started.”
“I am an American woman, I have three children and seven grandchildren. I want a message of optimism and hope and that is the measure that I think people are looking for, “he added. “That is not your A-1 message.”
Capito also said the president should focus on “reinforcing the people we’ve made great progress with,” such as “improving economic conditions, more women in the workforce” and “funding for universities and colleges.”
Other Senate Republicans acknowledge that Trump polls raise red flags.
“Cause concern? Of course. You always have to understand and recognize the current situation, “said the senator. Mike CrapoMichael (Mike) Dean CrapoGOP: Trump needs a new plan On The Money: America exceeds 100,000 deaths from coronavirus with no end in sight | How ties to lawmakers helped shape the Fed President’s COVID-19 response | Tenants Fear Mass Evictions Republican Senators Urge Trump Not To Restrict Visas For Guest Workers MORE (R-Idaho).
When asked if Trump needs to review his political strategy, Crapo replied: “I am not going to give the president advice on this.”
He also said that the political image could change.
“Surveys are always, whether good or bad, always instructive, but I have learned that a survey is taking a pulse in a specific time frame and they change,” he said.
Leader of the Senate majority Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP: Trump Needs New Plan Police reform in limbo after Senate setback Does Trump’s fidelity to Big Oil jeopardize Republican control in the Senate? PLUS (R-Ky.) Identified college educated women and voters early in the election cycle as the key to preserving the majority of the Republican Senate. She said last year that Republicans lost the House in the 2018 midterms because they “crushed us in the suburbs.”
“We lost college graduates and women in the suburbs, leading to House losses in the Kansas City suburbs; Oklahoma City; Houston; Dallas Atlanta Charleston, SC, ”the Republican leader told reporters last April. “We are determined not to lose women, certainly not by 19 points, and college graduates in our Senate careers. And I don’t think we will.
Polls released Wednesday show that Democrats could again have a massive advantage between women and college graduates in an election year where the Republican Party is defending 23 seats in the Senate, while Democrats only have to protect 12.
Other polls have contributed to the sadness of the Republican Party. A Fox News poll earlier this month found Biden leading Trump by 12 points, 50 percent to 38 percent.
A Reuters-Ipsos poll released Wednesday showed that only 37 percent of Americans said they approved of the way Trump handled the coronavirus crisis, the lowest percentage on record since the poll began asking the question in March. That poll found that 58 percent of respondents disapprove of Trump’s pandemic response.
Thune said Wednesday that the electoral numbers are likely to improve once the elections are framed more as an election between Trump and Biden than simply as a referendum on Trump, who is gaining significantly more media coverage than the alleged Democratic candidate. .
“Right now, Biden is getting the benefit of not being covered at all because he is not out there at all,” he said.
“And really, right now it’s Trump vs. Trump. I don’t think that’s the choice the White House is likely to want the American people to make. I think they want it to be a choice between Biden and Trump and that means they will have to commit more, “he added.
A Senate Republican who requested anonymity to discuss the President’s political position agreed that Trump needs to do more to reach college-educated independents, women, and voters.
“Politics is about adding and multiplying. You have to reach people, “said the legislator.
The senator echoed Thune’s advice that the president needs to frame the presidential race as an election between Trump and Biden and not a referendum on Trump.
“If the choice is on you, you lose. If the choice is over the other guy, you win, “said the legislator.
But the senator questioned whether Trump has the discipline to stay focused on Biden and Democratic Party policies, saying Trump “may not have the personality for that to happen.”