The TAKE with Rick Klein
It could go down as a pivotal weekend in the Democratic primary race, and it featured a pivot of sorts from the polling leader.
Notably, Biden said he wants voters to look forward. But he is still talking about a certain portion of his recent past.
"I say let's talk about the future instead of talking about the past," he said during a campaign stop in Charleston, South Carolina, on Sunday.
But his campaign stops in the Palmetto State were peppered with callbacks to the Obama-Biden years.
"As Barack says," he said at one point, and he issued a promise to protect "the jewel of President Obama's legacy" -- a reference to Obamacare.
A new ABC News/Washington Post poll showed Trump at his high-water mark of 44%, in terms of his approval rating. But 53% of voters still disapprove of his presidency, along with 65% who view the president's conduct as "unpresidential."
But also topping Trump numerically are Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in addition to South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg -- meaning the ability to beat the president is not the exclusive terrain of Biden at this moment.
The RUNDOWN with MaryAlice Parks
President Donald Trump’s polling numbers on his signature issue -- immigration -- tell a complicated story.
Only 40% of Americans approve of his handling of the issue, a foreboding fact as he heads into a reelection campaign, continuing tough talk and new levels of extreme enforcement on the border.
More and more, Americans say the issue will factor heavily into their 2020 decision, meaning if the president doubles down, he could in fact accelerate his own decline in popularity.
But, of course, approvals and disapprovals do not always correlate to actual votes. People pull levers in the ballot box for a whole host of reasons, and elections are not won or lost on national numbers. Though he may be underwater on immigration across the board, Republicans have his back -- 86% say they support him as he maintains his hardline.
The TIP with Briana Stewart
While Beto O’Rourke’s campaign motto may be "go everywhere, listen to everyone," he has been undoubtedly fine-tuning his message to black voters in recent weeks, specifically aiming to galvanize black women ahead of 2020. During his keynote address at the 25th annual Essence Festival this past weekend, the Democratic presidential candidate highlighted the political voting power of African American women, calling them the "heart and soul of the Democratic Party."
Amid his stubbornly low national poll numbers, O’Rourke’s increased African American outreach may be crucial for him to regain traction in the presidential election. His appeal to black women may in fact be an intentional effort to put them at the center of his campaign, a strategy that worked well during his Senate race. "Here I am with the leaders of the country. Literally, African American women have produced every major electoral victory for the Democratic Party and it’s not just the people they have put in office, it’s the policies that follow," O’Rourke told ABC News in a one-on-one interview backstage following his keynote address.
Over the last three months, O’Rourke has visited less-traveled historically black communities, hosting roundtables often led by black female voices on the issues of criminal justice reform, climate change and voter suppression in communities like Atlanta, the 9th Ward of New Orleans and the Gullah Geechee Nation in Beaufort, South Carolina -- infusing what he learns about the issues plaguing the black communities into his larger campaign message.
ABC News' "Start Here" podcast. Monday morning's episode features ABC News Deputy Political Director MaryAlice Parks, who breaks down the latest polling on President Donald Trump's approval rating and how it could play out on the campaign trail. We also examine former Vice President Joe Biden’s apology for citing segregationist senators he once worked with as an example of his ability to work with others. http://apple.co/2HPocUL
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