A Democrat Congressman from New York compared former vice president and 2020 presidential candidate Joseph R. Biden Jr. to an aging Muhammad Ali after Thursday night’s Democratic Primary debate.
“I thought of Muhammad Ali to be quite honest with you, who I loved dearly,”said Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.). “I thought of his career. He wasn’t the same at the end of his career than he was at the beginning of his career.”
Meeks joined CNN’s Poppy Harlow on “CNN Newsroom” Friday morning, where Harlow asked him what he thought about Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) calling Biden out for praising segregationist Senators on the debate stage.
“Clearly, the first round has gone to Kamala Harris and there’s going to be a second round,” Meeks continued. “Is [Biden] going to come back or not? The second round will become tremendously important.”
After Biden’s performance Thursday night, rumors have swirled about turmoil within his campaign.
Big League Politics reported:
According to a New York Magazine correspondent who spoke with a source “close to the Biden campaign” towards the end of last night’s Democratic Party primary debate, Biden’s staff was not pleased with his poor performance.
“A source close to the Biden campaign tells me his staff is ‘freaking out’ about his poor performance tonight,” Olivia Nuzzi reported on Twitter. “The source said that internally, field staff says the campaign-organized debate watch parties in early voting states have been ‘awkward’ and that Biden isn’t playing well to those who attended.”
.@RepGregoryMeeks on the moment when Sen. Harris took on Biden during the debate.
"I thought of Muhammad Ali… he wasn't the same at the end of his career than he was at the beginning of his career. … Clearly the first round has gone to Kamala Harris." https://t.co/fJNNF64ftZ pic.twitter.com/ilZOKhCT9D
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Republican Voter Registration is Surging in Florida, Arizona, and Pennsylvania in the Runup to the November Election
This is even more important than polls.
The Republican Party is handily registering more voters than Democrats in the critical swing states of Florida, Arizona, and Pennsylvania in the advance of the 2020 presidential election, a strong sign for the GOP in the competitive states.
Republicans have registered more than 135,000 voters to their party than Democrats have since 2016, a handy lead in a state in which the margin of victory was 44,000. Pennsylvania is probably the most critical state in the 2020 election.
Republicans have registered a strong plurality of the new voters to register in Arizona since August, with 43% of these voters aligning as Republican. 26% have registered as Democrats, and 29% registered with no party affiliation or with another political party.
Did some further number crunching on the newly registered 57,000 voters in Maricopa, including those from #VoterRegistrationDay that have been input in the system. So far, good news for GOP.
GOP: +24,753 (43%)
DEM: +14,815 (26%)
Other: +16,966 (29%)
— The AZ – abc15 – Data Guru (@Garrett_Archer) September 24, 2020
President Trump won the southwestern state by 4.5% in 2016, with rapid population growth and immigration turning Arizona into a purple state.
Republicans appear to be crushing Democrats in decisive fashion in the voter registration struggle in Florida, registering a whopping 41% more voters than the Democrat Party is in the state. The GOP registered 58,000 new Republican voters in August alone, a 91% increase when compared to August of 2016. Leading Democrats have even been sounding the alarm in the state, having lost it in 2016 with a far greater numerical voting lead then they’ll have this time.
The Joe Biden campaign has largely refrained from traditional political activism and door-knocking in the state, preferring to let their candidate speak through appearances on Sunday shows and softball interviews.
If the President wins these three states, he’s in an extremely strong position for victory, even if Biden wins Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. He’d need to hold North Carolina and Ohio to end up with 274 electoral college votes in this scenario.
These statistics are more pertinent than polls with highly questionable methodologies and flawed participant selection methods.
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