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WG Town Hall Debate Report

by Caitlin Peartree

Before President Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Biden face off in the final debate on Thursday, check out our report and analysis of last week’s Presidential town halls and the questions posed to each candidate.

Roll Call: If you don’t like the Supreme Court, blame Harry Reid

by Caitlin Peartree

The Winston Group’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call about court packing, the Biden campaign’s reticence to take a stance on the issue, and the political implications of doing so.

Our Sept. 26-30 Winning the Issues survey found voters opposed to expanding the court, with 33 percent in favor and 41 percent opposed. And by a 42 percent to 29 percent margin, they believed that “adding seats to the Supreme Court through court expansion would mean we begin to lose any credibility the court has.” On the issue of expanding the number of justices, liberal Democrats were more supportive (56 percent in favor, 23 percent opposed), but moderate Democrats were less so (38 percent in favor, 28 percent opposed), a major difference within the party. Independents opposed it 17 percent to 47 percent.

The Biden-Harris ticket faces a tough call — take a stand and risk alienating the progressives already suspicious of Biden’s promises, or scare moderate voters who are wary that a politically motivated change to the composition and character of the court would do irreparable damage to its credibility.

Read the full piece here.

Winston Group 2020 Vice Presidential Debate Report

by Caitlin Peartree

Interested in more debate analysis? Read our newly-updated debate report, with information and insight on candidate speaking times, question topics, and more from the October 7 Vice Presidential Debate between Senator Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence.

For the full report, click here.

Winston Group 2020 Presidential Debate Report – First Debate

by Caitlin Peartree

Before the Vice Presidential debate tomorrow night, read our analysis of the first debate between President Trump and Vice President Biden for information and insight on candidate speaking times, question topics, and more.

Read the full report here.

Winston Group Democratic Primary Debate Report – All Debates

by Caitlin Peartree

Before the first Presidential debate tomorrow night, check out our full 2020 Democratic Primary debate report, covering question topics, candidate speaking times, and more, from the first debate in Miami last June to the final debate in DC this past March.


Roll Call: “There is nothing civil about intimidation”

by Caitlin Peartree

In today’s edition of Roll Call, The Winston Group’s David Winston writes about the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her friendship with the late Justice Antonin Scalia, and their example of mutual civility and respect despite ideological differences, in contrast with the present environment for discourse.

For the country’s sake, we need leaders who will turn down the temperature, reject the irresponsible calls of Twitter celebrities and resist the temptation to exploit what is already an explosive environment or they risk setting off a chain reaction they may not be able to control.

Read the full piece here.

Roll Call: “Good riddance to the summer of 2020”

by Caitlin Peartree

In today’s column for Roll Call, The Winston Group’s David Winston assesses the state of the presidential race, how voters view the candidates’ ideologies in relation to their own, and how Republicans can get to a discussion about reopening the economy.

What the president and Republicans have to do over the next 50 days is a better job explaining the steps the administration has taken to confront the COVID-19 crisis and their plans to get the country to a transition point, from the pandemic to getting America working. What is the outlook for a vaccine? When and how will it be distributed? What about therapeutics? Can schools and businesses reopen safely and what kind of support can people expect from the federal government in the months ahead? The more detail the better.

Read the full piece here.


Today’s Unemployment Numbers in Context

by Caitlin Peartree

By David Winston and Myra Miller

Today’s jobs report showed the unemployment rate having dropped to 8.4%, which is significantly lower than the projected expectation of 9.8%. Throughout the Democratic National Convention in August, there was a significant emphasis on the Obama-Biden recovery. 

The Obama White House declared that the summer of 2010 would be the “summer of recovery.” As David Axelrod said in June 2010, “This summer will be the most active Recovery Act season yet, with thousands of highly-visible road, bridge, water and other infrastructure projects breaking ground across the country, giving the American people a first-hand look at the Recovery Act in their own backyards and making it crystal clear what the cost would have been of doing nothing.” Prior to the passage of the economic stimulus package in February 2009, leading Democratic economists Christina Romer and Jared Bernstein believed that it would keep unemployment under 8%. However, as shown in the chart below, President Obama had 30 consecutive months of 9% or greater unemployment from April 2009 through September 2011.

Despite an unprecedented economic shutdown during the past six months, today’s report is already lower than any unemployment rate during that 30 month period.

Key Findings From National Survey on Drug Price Executive Order

by Caitlin Peartree

Click here for a brief summary of key findings from a recent national survey on the executive order about drug prices (August 11-13, 1000 registered voters).

Video Summary of New Research on Drug Price Executive Order

by Caitlin Peartree

Click here for a video summary of new research on the drug price executive order.

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