Republican strategists and allies are saying that if President Trump wants to shift poll numbers around, he’s got to be dedicated to ensuring that the narrative of the election doesn’t revolve around being a referendum of his record in office.
Instead, these political insiders say that Trump needs to utilize the Republican National Convention by making the hot topic of discussion be Joe Biden and his lengthy career in Washington, rather than hogging the spotlight for himself.
Check out the details from The Washington Examiner:
Republican strategist Ron Bonjean, a former Senate GOP leadership aide, said they had to present voters with a choice between two visions of the country.
“They need to be realistically upbeat about the future of the country while showcasing the president’s record and contrasting it with Biden’s failure to lead over the past 47 years he’s been in Washington,” he said.
A former White House official said the best way would be to present an upbeat tone to contrast with the Democratic convention’s air of doom.
“I think it’s important to define Biden and contrast him with the president, but because of the general depressing and dour tone of the Democrat convention, I think it’s extra important for Republicans to paint a positive message of hope next week,” the man said.
The Republican Party does have a few things going for it in its favor heading into the RNC event. For one, Biden has such a long career they can pull material from that blasting him for inconsistencies and horrifically bad policies is really very easy.
Secondly, the Democratic Party went first. They made a lot of mistakes doing their convention in the middle of a pandemic and making it a virtual event. The Republican Party needs to learn from those mistakes and do better.
The stories they tell this week at the RNC need to be powerful. It needs to be an event that blows people’s minds. If not, they risk falling right in lockstep with the DNC event and not capitalizing on the huge failure it was.