Trump And Pence Try To Push Biden And Harris Into The Arms Of The Left

President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence took very different debate approaches but had one strategy in common: seeing how far to the left the Democratic ticket of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris was willing to go.

Pence regularly hammered Harris, a California Democrat who was rated the most liberal senator, on the Green New Deal. Trump tried to draw Biden out on defunding the police and other “law and order” themes. Both Republicans sought to get their opponents to admit they would “pack” the Supreme Court, a proposal with little support in a recent Washington Examiner/YouGov poll.

The strategy was to present the Democrats as far more radical, and much less centrist, than advertised. Failing that, Pence, and especially Trump, hoped to drive a wedge between Biden and his most left-wing supporters. In 2016, some Bernie Sanders voters stayed home, voted for third-party candidates like Green Party nominee Jill Stein, or even cast ballots for Trump.

“When the queen of the Green New Deal, AOC, thumps you on Twitter just after Vice President Pence calls you out for being all over the map on the issue of fracking, it was just not a good night for Harris,” said Republican strategist Ford O’Connell. “It was the type of moment that sows distrust with the voters who will decide this election.”

Others hope the Democrats are being too clever by half. “It is just not logically compatible for someone to say they like the Green New Deal as much as Harris does and be so strongly in favor of green energy in every sector of America’s economy, and yet still also be in favor of fracking,” O’Connell said. “These two positions are flat-out incompatible, and that was clear to anyone watching or listening.”

Read more from W. James Antle III at the Washington Examiner

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