Former Obama adviser says RFK Jr. ‘trend lines’ look good for Biden

A person who led former President Obama’s re-election campaign in 2012 said that early voting in the 2024 campaign is a good sign for President Biden, and that independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is ahead of former President Trump over Biden. He said it appears to be gaining more support from the public.

Jim Messina said in an interview Tuesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that despite the close race between Biden and Trump in the polls, trends are pointing in the right direction for the president.

“I go to Washington, D.C., and I think… there’s a panic in the streets of Washington, D.C., because the Democrats are saying, ‘Oh my God, the polls are terrible.’ No, look at the trend line. Situation. Look at how it has improved,” Messina said.

Messina called attention to Kennedy, saying third-party candidates are key to understanding the race. The unconventional candidate, who initially jumped into the race as a Democrat, could steal even more votes from Trump, according to recent polls.

“I want to see the numbers keep moving and I want to see who RFK is taking votes from,” Messina said of his campaign strategy. “Now it looks like he’s taking even more votes away from Trump, and that’s no surprise.”

“It’s hard to imagine that Democrats would want to vote for an anti-choice, anti-vaxxer,” he continued. “In this situation, it is natural that more Trump supporters would focus on RFK than Biden supporters.”

A recent NBC News poll found that Republicans view Kennedy far more favorably than Democrats, and of those who choose Trump over Biden, about 15 percent would change their vote for Kennedy if given the choice. right. Only 7% of Biden voters will switch.

The poll also showed that Trump would have a 2-point lead over Biden if the two faced each other, but if third-party candidates were included, Biden would have a 2-point lead.

The Biden campaign has doubled down on its anti-Kennedy messaging in recent weeks, releasing an ad boasting support from nearly the entire Kennedy family. Mr. Kennedy is the son of former Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy and nephew of former President John F. Kennedy, but he lacks support from his politically influential family.

The focus has been on Kennedy’s stance on abortion rights, which has not been made clear, but statements from Kennedy and running mate Nicole Shanahan suggest the ticket supports some restrictions on access to abortion. suggests that it is possible.

Abortion rights group Reproductive Freedom for All launched ads Monday in battleground states Michigan and Wisconsin questioning President Kennedy’s stance on abortion.

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