ABC News' political analyst on President Biden's goals, progress

Matthew Dowd speaks on how President Biden will be judged by the American people based on his handling of the coronavirus economic relief package and his focus on unifying the country.
2:42 | 01/24/21

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Let's bring in political analyst, Matthew dowd, part of today's powerhouse roundtable on "This week" later this morning. Good morning. We now have a new president who's vowing to put us on a wartime footing, to defeat this virus, how is he doing thus far, do you think his progress on the virus is how he's judged ultimately by the American people? Good morning, Dan. I think so far the Biden administration, the president is doing just exactly what they need to do for the first time in months we're actually watching a leader do it by science, data and knowledge as opposed by assumptions or conspiracies. Or other fictional information. I think so far he's doing well. I think the virus and how he handles covid is table stakes for the president. President Biden has to deal with this in order to get to the point where he can deal with the other issues, so what he wants is basically to handle this in such a way that two years from now we're not talking about covid-19. This issue is related to the economy, justice issues, global international relations, he has to handle this in order for his presidency to be able to deal with a whole bunch of other Right now, he's pushing a nearly $2 trillion coronavirus relief package, early signs indicate he may not get much Republican support, do you think he should ram it through in a partisan way, rather than bipartisan, or do you think he should try to reach a compromise? Well, to me the first thing out of the box for our president that wants to bring the country together and heal a bunch of the divides, is not to have a partisan vote. And so I know he believes this, he was in the senate for 40-some-odd-plus years. I think in the end, the compromise is what the America public wants. Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good. And so I think over the next few weeks, the president I'm sure will meet with Mitch Mcconnell and they'll come up with something they can get least five, six, seven Republican votes on. Consensus and compromise is something that the American public wants not bitter partisanship. Matt, thank you very much. Great to see you on a Sunday morning. Don't forget, you can see more of Matt this morning on "This week" with George Stephanopoulos. Also on the show, George goes one-on-one with senators Amy klobuchar and Rand Paul. About the upcoming impeachment trial. And the new surgeon general nominee Dr. Vivek Murthy. Discusses the Biden administration's covid-19 response plan. That's all coming up later this morning right here on ABC on "This week."

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