Trump Strategy Is To Label Biden A 'Socialist.' Will It Work In Florida?

President Donald Trump has a clear message for voters in November: a vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris is a vote for the “radical far-left,” “anarchy” and inevitable "socialism." 

Trump has repeatedly called Biden a “puppet” for the “socialist” agenda of Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Nancy Pelosi. In fact, Trump has tossed around the term socialism so much that it can be difficult to find a rallying cry from his base that does not seize on it.

Florida-based Republican strategist and former presidential campaign operative Ford O’Connell said it's rooted in a common and effective strategy: Define your opponent as something voters are against.

In Florida, that something is socialism.

“I think that is a good strategy,” O'Connell said. “A lot of people know ofJoe Biden, but they don't know Joe Biden. They know he was Barack Obama’s vice president, but they don’t know what he stands for or everything else.”

In Florida, O’Connell said, you can chalk up that strategy to two things: seniors and Hispanics. 

“They have a very different view of socialism than those under 40,” he said of Florida's legions of retiree voters. “And then you have the Cubans and Venezuelans — to them, socialism is what they just escaped from.”

Read more from Wendy Rhodes at The Palm Beach Post

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published this page in In The News 2020-09-04 17:02:02 -0400
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