Aug 21, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Democrats plan "chaos presidency" events around RNC

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The Democratic National Committee (DNC) will host daily events next week focused on different crises they say President Trump's "chaos has created or made worse," featuring high-profile Democrats like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Why it matters: These events will serve as Democrats' counter-programming around the Republican National Convention, which starts Monday.

What we're hearing: The Biden campaign and the DNC are increasingly leaning into "chaos" as an argument against Trump.

  • Several speakers, including Michelle Obama, Bill Clinton and Kamala Harris used that word during their remarks at the Democrats' own convention this week.

Details: Democrats said they'll offer a video press briefing during each day of the RNC, anchored by specific themes and surrogates:

  • On Monday, Rep. Val Demings of Florida will talk about families in crisis dealing with everything from childcare to seniors and Social Security.
  • On Tuesday, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey are addressing the economy.
  • On Wednesday, Speaker Pelosi will talk about health care.
  • On Thursday, Pete Buttigieg will discuss challenges facing the country.

Between the lines: Democrats aren't looking to Biden to be the central voice of their counter-programming in the way that Trump was during the DNC, tweeting or doing cable news call-in interviews.

  • The DNC War Room, which acts as their Trump research department, will release digital and TV ads in battleground states focused on similar themes.
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