Chad’s Morning Brief: Perry and Cruz Again Split on Trump and Joe Biden Jumps in the Polls
Where exactly former Gov. Rick Perry stands on Trump's birthright citizenship position was unclear Wednesday. But over the past few days, Perry has voiced increasing skepticism of scuttling birthright citizenship, setting up a sharp contrast — at least in tone — with his home-state senator.
Asked about getting rid of birthright citizenship in a radio interview Wednesday, Ted Cruz was explicit in his support for Trump's stance: "Absolutely. We should end granting automatic birthright citizenship to the children of those who are here illegally."
More broadly, Cruz boasted he has spearheaded Senate legislation that addresses "virtually every element" of Trump's plan, including tripling the size of the U.S. Border Patrol. On birthright citizenship, Cruz said he has been pushing to end it "from my very first days running for the Senate" in 2011.
What is interesting to see is that Perry has put the gloves back on where Trump is concerned. I think Team Perry saw that attacking Donald Trump right now wasn't having the desired impact. The downside of Perry not attacking Trump is that he isn't in the news at all.
Polls Favorable for Biden
Will Joe Biden run for President? According to FOX News, a new poll shows that he would do just as well, if not better than Hillary Clinton in certain swing states.
Vice President Joe Biden runs as well or better than Hillary Clinton against top-tier Republicans in a new Quinnipiac swing-state poll. Among general election voters in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida, Biden looks like a better bet. The veep beats Donald Trump by a commanding 10 points in Ohio, double Clinton’s margin in the same matchup. Biden also wins against former Gov. Jeb Bush, R-Fla., and comes within shot of Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., in Biden’s native Pennsylvania. Overall, the poll shows Biden in a similar position to Clinton and could be just as strong a contender for Democrats. Even better news for Biden? His trustworthiness rating hangs around 60 percent in the three states… about the same percent of voters who do not trust Clinton.
But Clinton still holds a dominant lead among Democratic primary voters, with 45 percent or more. Second place finisher Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., falls nearly twenty points behind her, and Biden even further down. Biden’s seemingly strong general election performance, however, could turn a few more primary voters’ heads in his direction as Democrats seek a challenge to Clinton.
Biden doing just as well or even better than Hillary Clinton is not good news for Hillary. It shows that she is weak and that any Democrat could run in her place.
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