Chuck Kennedy

Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow joined this morning's Axios roundtable event on the economy with Chuck Todd and NBC News. Though, unsurprisingly, the conversation largely revolved around governing in the age of Trump:

  • The #1 request she gets in Michigan: "Professional technical jobs, building construction jobs — folks that can actually make things and do things."
  • Trump's messages: "It sounds like a Democrat, it sounded like me. You can take one of my trade speeches...and his, and go, 'Oh, they're from the same party.'"
  • How Democrats can succeed: "It is going to our core. We are the party that are willing to take risks to make things better...We believe in our core in an economy that actually works for everybody. That is how you grow America."
  • On Russia: "I've stopped going, 'Oh my gosh, I can't believe this happened.'"

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SurveyMonkey poll: Trump improves, but not enough

Trump and Biden during the final debate. Photo: Xinhua/Liu Jie via Getty Images

President Trump's final debate performance exceeded Americans' expectations, but it wasn't enough to shift the dynamics that left him trailing Joe Biden across most measures, according to a new Axios-SurveyMonkey poll.

What they're saying: "Liar" was the word used most by debate watchers to describe Trump's performance, followed by "lies," "strong," "presidential" and "childish." "Presidential" was the word used most to describe Biden's performance, followed by "liar," "weak," "expected" and "honest."

Hunter Biden saga dominates online debate

Data: NewsWhip; Table: Axios Visuals

The mainstream media turned away. But online, President Trump's charges about Hunter Biden were by far the dominant storyline about the final presidential debate, according to exclusive NewsWhip data provided to Axios.

  • Coverage of business dealings by Joe Biden's son — and pre-debate allegations by one of his former business associates, Tony Bobulinski — garnered more than twice as much online activity (likes, comments, shares) as the runner-up.