EXCLUSIVE: The Trump 2020 campaign launched on Wednesday – after a brief pause during Democratic and Republican conventions – new ads in five major states with early voting, again focusing on President Trump’s law and order message amid urban unrest across the board Land lay.
A senior Trump campaign official told Fox News that the campaign paused television advertising in battlefield states during the conventions and said they saw “no point in spending buckets of donor money” when they felt it was “free” advertising from the congress programming. However, the campaign ads stayed on national cable news via conventions.
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The new ads will run in five states with early voting: Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.
“That’s why we’re doing this,” the official told Fox News. “It’s a new approach because we expect the overwhelming number of people to vote ahead of time. That’s why we’re focusing on these states.”
The ads, which will air in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina, will define Democratic candidate Joe Biden as a “tool of the radical left,” the official said.
But the ads in Wisconsin and Minnesota will speak directly to those who “felt the effects of the violent mobs” amid the unrest in their cities.
The Wisconsin ad, broadcast by Fox News, focuses on the riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin, that sparked after 29-year-old Jacob Blake, a black man, was up close and personal with a city police officer who left him partially paralyzed.
“Outlaw criminals are terrorizing Kenosha,” the ad said. “Joe Biden kneels down. The weak response from Biden and the radical left has led to chaos and violence. “
The ad goes on slamming Democrats and “their demands to defuse the police”, saying that “would make it worse”.
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“President Trump is making it stop,” the ad continued. “Deployment of the National Guard and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies to Protect Wisconsin Families.”
The ad concludes, “Communities, not criminals. Jobs, not mobs. Strong leadership when America needs it most. “
A similar ad is scheduled to run in Minnesota, focusing on the Minneapolis chaos, and began in May after George Floyd died in police custody.
“Joe Biden is too weak and cannot call the radical left rioters what they are because he is under the control of the anti-police extremists in the Democratic Party,” said Tim Murtaugh, communications director for the Trump campaign Fox News. “The rioters are running amok in democratically controlled cities and only President Trump stands for law and order.”
However, Biden has repeatedly condemned urban violence during the campaign. Biden condemned the violence in Kenosha last week and the violence in Portland, Oregon in July while calling for the prosecution of “arsonists and anarchists.”
Biden previously condemned similar violence in Minneapolis after Floyd died in custody at that city’s police department.
But Trump campaign officials this week are visiting Minnesota, a state that has not won a Republican presidential candidate in decades.
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“Democrats elected in the Iron Range in Minnesota appreciate what the president has done for the economy there, and we believe Minnesota is ripe to be on the presidential column,” a Trump campaign official told the Trump campaign Fox News. “With all of the violent unrest that started in Minnesota, this was the first time people began to see violent left-wing mobs running amok in democratically controlled cities.”
The official was referring to a group of six Democratic Minnesota mayors who last month voted for the president for re-election after claiming Biden had not done enough to help working-class Americans.
“Today we do not recognize the Democratic Party,” wrote the mayors in the letter. “It has been shifted so far to the left that it can no longer claim to be a working class advocate. The hardworking Minnesotans who built their lives and supported their families here on the Range have been abandoned by radical Democrats. We didn’t choose to leave the Democratic Party, the party left us. “
“Lifelong politicians like Joe Biden have no contact with the working class, no contact with the needs of the country, and no contact with those of us here on the iron chain and in small towns like ours across our country,” the mayor wrote.
Also this week Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien praised the performance of the president in Minnesota and said the state was “culturally changing our path”.
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Trump and Vice President Pence recently visited Minnesota, where campaign officials say Biden is “definitely on the defense.”
“For Joe Biden to go to Minnesota as soon as he makes his first foray above ground, that means he knows he’s in the defense,” a campaign official told Fox News.
Jenn Ridder, National States director of the Biden campaign, told Fox News that they are “well positioned to win Minnesota”.
“We have built a sophisticated organization connected to voters in every corner of the state who know Trump’s incompetent response to the pandemic has killed too many Minnesotans, destroyed their jobs and fueled the strong economy that Trump has inherited from Obama – Improve the management of a cliff, “Ridder said in a statement. “Minnesota voters recognize that Joe Biden will unite our country, fight for working families, and help our economy rebuild better – and that’s why they’re joining our campaign to win the North Star State in November.”
According to the RealClearPolitics average, Biden is 5.3 points ahead of Trump in Minnesota.
The president is in the polls below at this point in both national and most battlefield states where he would have to beat Biden in November – but poll averages show that Trump may actually be in better shape than in his race against Biden He was at the same stage in 2016 against Hillary Clinton.
According to the RealClearPolitics average, Biden is only 2.7 points ahead in Wisconsin, a state won by the president in 2016. Biden is 4.7 points ahead in Pennsylvania and just 2.6 points in Michigan.
Trump has the benefit of tenure but has a controversial record to defend, particularly with regards to the coronavirus pandemic. Overall, however, the numbers show that Trump remains competitive for the electoral college in several of the top states.
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Meanwhile, Biden said he would resume personal campaigning after Labor Day and stop in some of the key battlefield states of the general election.
Biden said he plans to hold in-person events after Labor Day “without compromising or violating state rules about how many people can actually gather”.
“One of the things we’re thinking about is that I’m going to Wisconsin and Minnesota to spend time in Pennsylvania and Arizona,” Biden said. “I will travel the country where I can do it in accordance with state rules on how many people can be gathered.”
According to the national average from RealClearPolitics, Biden is 6.2 points ahead of Trump.
Fox News’ Tyler Olson contributed to this report.