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Biden Up 45-40 in New Poll, Big Biden Democracy Speech Today, Virginia Event Tue 10/3
Gavin Newsom Shined Last Night At The GOP Debate
Friends, got a few things for you today:
New Economist/YouGov Poll Has Biden Up 45-40 - One of the highest quality tracking polls has Biden up this week by 5 points over Trump, 45-40. The new large sample, high-quality CNN poll of New Hampshire has Biden up 12, 52-40. A new national Hispanic poll has us within striking distance of where we need to be. We keep winning races all across the US this year, some by remarkable margins. A new Virginia poll has us up 3 - another good sign.
Overall, I think we are in good shape. Would much rather be winning elections across the US than losing. Joe Biden is a good President and has a strong case to make for his re-election. They have Trump. Do we have a lot of work to do? Of course. But when it counts, and people vote, we just keep winning.
My New Political Briefing - Hosted the Hopium community Tuesday night for our monthly look at the national political landscape. If you haven’t watched yet here’s a link. I opened with 20 minutes of comments and then took questions for another 40 minutes. The bottom line - as we head to 2024 I would much rather be us than them!
Big Biden Democracy Speech Today - Encouraging stuff from the AP just now:
President Joe Biden is ready to argue “there is something dangerous happening in America” during a speech in Arizona on Thursday as he revives his warnings that Donald Trump and his allies represent an existential threat to the country’s democratic institutions.
“There is an extremist movement that does not share the basic beliefs of our democracy. The MAGA movement,” Biden says in excerpts of the speech released in advance by the White House, referring Trump’s Make America Great Again slogan…
The location for Thursday’s speech, as was the case for the others, was chosen for effect. It will be near Arizona State University, which houses the McCain Institute, named after the late Arizona Sen. John McCain — a friend of Biden and the 2008 Republican presidential nominee who spent his public life denouncing autocrats around the globe.
What are we seeing this week? Breaking of their budget agreement with the President of the United States negotiated just a few months ago. Draconian budget cuts (again). Historic levels of dysfunction and chaos in the Congress. Unprecedented and savage efforts to undermine our military and end our support of Ukraine. Ongoing denigration of Zelenskyy. A ridiculous inquiry into Biden. It’s all beyond anything Putin could have asked for.
Watch this interview with outgoing Joint Chiefs Chair Mark Milley to understand where we are now, and why this Biden speech is so important. MAGA represents an unprecedented threat to American democracy, and it is essential we say so, and keep fighting.
Virginia Briefing and Call to Action Next Tuesday at 7pm ET - A reminder that on Tuesday Hopium and Network NOVA are hosting a deep dive on the all-important Virginia elections with Delegate Dan Helmer and others. RSVP here, learn about ways to get involved and donate here. All hands on deck here for the good people of Virginia. A new poll has us up there 40-37. Encouraging, but there are clearly a lot of undecideds right now which is why our work is so important in the coming days. Let’s do this people!!!!!!!
Governor Newsom Makes Us Proud - Our good friend Governor Newsom was the Biden/Dem spokesperson at the GOP debate last night, and by all accounts, did a terrific job. Here’s a clip I found of one of his many TV appearances. Hopium regulars may recognize some of the stats! So great to see this remarkably talented and accomplished Governor out there on the national stage, and yes I am really looking forward to his coming debate with Ron DeSantis!
Keep working hard all - Simon