DNC Battleground Brief
November 1, 2019
This is the DNC’s Battleground Brief — a weekly wrap-up of Trump’s broken promises and everything you need to know across the path to 270.
365 DAYS. MULTIPLE PATHWAYS TO 270. ONE TEAM. We are nearly one year out from November 3, 2020, and this morning, DNC Chair Tom Perez, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, and DNC Communications Director Xochitl Hinojosa held a press call to discuss Trump’s headwinds in battleground states — and how we plan to beat him in 2020. More on that HERE.
- Florida Politics reports on the call: Democrats preparing for presidential campaign on pocketbook issues. “Democrats are preparing to make the 2020 presidential election in battleground states about pocketbook issues such as Medicare and Social Security in Florida, dairy farmers in Wisconsin, and factory closings in Michigan and Ohio, the effects of Republican tax cuts in Arizona.”
U-N-I-T-Y FIND OUT WHAT IT MEANS TO ME. Today, the DNC also announced a new initiative to ensure Democrats enter the general election unified behind our eventual nominee and ready to defeat Trump and Republicans up and down the ballot in 2020. The unity program will help ensure that the eventual nominee has the full support of all elements of the party and facilitate the transition of primary campaigns’ infrastructure into supporting Democrats’ general election efforts. MORE HERE: AP HEADLINE: DEMOCRATS PUSH CANDIDATES TO FULLY COMMIT TO 2020 NOMINEE.
***THIS SUNDAY JOIN THE DNC & PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGNS IN OUR ONE-YEAR-OUT COORDINATED SOCIAL MEDIA UNITY CAMPAIGN WITH #ONEYEARONETEAM***
ONE YEAR OUT, ON THE GROUND IN THE BATTLEGROUNDS:
- Wall Street Journal: Wisconsin Democrats Make Early Push to Take On Trump “Roughly 2,500 volunteers are expected to knock on about 50,000 doors this weekend to engage infrequent voters, independents and some people who voted for Mr. Trump. The number of doors is intentional: It is roughly twice the president’s 2016 margin of victory in Wisconsin.”
- Wisconsin Democrats: Democratic Party Volunteers to Knock Tens of Thousands of Doors Across State for #1Year2Win. “On November 2 and 3, one year out from the 2020 presidential election, volunteers for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin will knock on tens of thousands of doors and talk to potential voters all across the state in preparation for what is certain to be a close race in Wisconsin to win the presidency.”
- Ohio Democrats: On the Road Again … Meeting 2019 Main Street Candidates “We criss-crossed the state, kicking things off in Hamilton County on Monday morning, heading up to northeast Ohio, zipping across the Ohio Turnpike to Toledo and wrapping up our three-day tour with stops in Mansfield and Wilmington. Our program to support local candidates is called the Main Street Initiative — and it’s all about building a bench of great public servants at every level, whether it be for school board, city council or mayor. The state party provided training and support for nearly 500 local candidates this year.”
- Florida Politics: Florida Democrats outline strategy to take down Donald Trump in Florida. “Now about one year out from the 2020 election, Democrats have already been hard at work investing in organizing staff and volunteers, registering voters, protecting voting rights and reaching out to voters in core constituencies.”
- FDP MEMO: One-year from Election Day, Florida Democratic Party Creating Robust Operation, Growing Electorate for Eventual Nominee
- FDP has already raised $5.2 million for the campaign to defeat Trump — with more than a year to election day.
- With more than a year to the election, FDP has a massive campaign operation and is on pace to register 200,000 voters by July 2020.
SPEAKING OF FLORIDA… HOT FIRE FROM FDP CHAIR TERRIE RIZZO:
ELECTION DAY IN VA IS FAST APPROACHING… DNC Chair Tom Perez will join Democrats in Virginia this weekend to help Get Out The Vote and join local campaigns to launch canvasses throughout the state ahead of Election Day this Tuesday.
BREAKING FROM WAPO: DEMOCRATS CHALLENGE BALLOT ORDER STATUTES IN THREE BATTLEGROUND STATES.
More: “The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Democratic National Committee and Priorities USA today challenged laws in three battleground states that provide Republican candidates with an arbitrary and unconstitutional advantage in their placement on general election ballots. The lawsuits target statutes in Arizona, Georgia and Texas that require that ballots list Republicans first, giving them a substantial and unfair advantage in the 2020 elections.”
WHILE YOU’RE WAITING FOR DINNER IN DES MOINES — DNC ANNOUNCES NEW IOWA FIELD ORGANIZERS, FROM THE QUAD CITY TIMES:
“A Democratic National Committee spokesman said the national party is working with Iowa Democrats not only to build successful and more accessible caucuses in February but also to build general election infrastructure and relationships with key constituencies with an eye toward the November 2020.
The national party has boosted its monthly funding to help Iowa’s organization by 33 percent over the 2016 cycle, and also is using a fund for state party innovation that was not available during the previous cycle, the spokesman said.
That work will be overseen by two new state-level positions: caucus accessibility directors and organizers, who will work to make the caucuses more accessible; and community engagement directors, who will conduct outreach and mobilization efforts in the labor movement and minority communities.
‘We’re excited to partner with the Iowa Democratic Party to ensure that Democrats across Iowa are engaged with the caucus process and the 2020 campaign,’ national party chairman Tom Perez said in a statement. ‘By working now to maximize participation and mobilize Iowans from every background, these organizers will help ensure a fantastic caucus experience for participants, while building the general election organizing infrastructure our eventual nominee will need to defeat Donald Trump in 2020.’”
WHEREVER TRUMP GOES, DEMOCRATS ARE HOLDING HIM ACCOUNTABLE:
IN ILLINOIS: Chicago Sun-Times: Trump slams Supt. Johnson for skipping his speech to police chiefs “‘Because undermining the Constitution and endangering the world aren’t enough, Trump has abandoned working families in Illinois and across the country and attacked Chicago along the way,’ said Mary Morrissey, executive director of the Democratic Party of Illinois. ‘It’s beyond time to say enough and let the president know if he plans to come to Illinois with hate and divisiveness, we will counter it with positivity and action. And in 2020, we will send him packing.’”
IN TEXAS: FOX7: “In a statement party chairman Gilberto Hinojosa said: ‘When it comes to the Trump administration’s commitment to the military, look no further than Trump’s plan to divert $38.5 million in important military funds for a useless wall that Texans do not want.’”
WASHINGTON MONTHLY ON ORGANIZING CORPS 2020 — “IT WILL CREATE A MODEL FOR DEMOCRATS TO HAVE SUBSTANTIAL PRESENCE IN SWING STATES FOR DECADES TO COME.” “Organizing Corps 2020 is not only building an infrastructure for Democrats to increase turnout where it’s most needed, but are developing a ‘college-to-career pipeline’ in which progressive students can hone the skills of voter registration, data analysis, and digital mobilization, and then put them to use in places where they are already locally oriented. If all goes according to plan, this won’t just help get Donald Trump out of the White House. It will create a model for Democrats to have a substantial presence in swing states for decades to come.”
**TRUMP’S TERRIBLE ECONOMIC HEADLINES**
BLOOMBERG: U.S. Farm Bankruptcies Surge 24% on Strain From Trump Trade War
DISPATCH: Will Trump’s fading Rust Belt revival weigh on Ohio voters in 2020?
ASSOCIATED PRESS: Trump’s Rust Belt revival is fading. Will it matter in 2020?
WASHINGTON POST: In manufacturing Midwest, signs of trouble amid good times
YAHOO: 67% of Americans say finances haven’t improved since 2016 election
NEW DAY: Wisconsin industrial jobs are in peril as the trade war continues
We were deeply saddened about the passing of Kay Hagan and John Conyers — two passionate public servants and fierce advocate for their constituents. They will be missed.
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The DNC Comms Team