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White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany defended President Trump in response to a recent stretch of national and battleground-state polling that shows him down badly to Joe Biden, telling reporters at a briefing Thursday: "His historic COVID response speaks for itself."

Driving the news: Trump demoted campaign manager Brad Parscale and replaced him with his deputy, hours after a brutal new round of polls showed Trump losing five of six swing states — and sinking into a double-digit hole nationally.

  • A Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday found that 62% of registered voters say Trump is hurting efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus, compared to 31% who say he's helping.
  • The poll found Joe Biden with a 15% advantage nationally over Trump, widening his lead from last month by 7 points.
  • In an NBC News/WSJ poll also out Wednesday, voters favored Biden over Trump 51% to 40%.

What she's saying: "We believe this president has great approval in this country. His historic COVID response speaks for itself, with delivering on ventilators and testing," McEnany said.

  • "Leading the world in the amount of testing we've provided, therapeutics, 13 vaccine candidates, the Moderna example that I pointed out to you. This president's response has been historic and we believe his support in this country reflects that."

Go deeper: Trump's summer campaign shakeup shows he knows he's losing

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The final debate

Trump and Biden at the first debate. Morry Gash-Pool/Getty Image

Watch for President Trump to address Joe Biden as “the big guy” or “the chairman” at tonight's debate as a way of dramatizing the Hunter Biden emails. Hunter's former business partner Tony Bobulinski is expected to be a Trump debate guest.

The big picture: Trump's advisers universally view the first debate as a catastrophe — evidenced by a sharp plunge in Trump’s public and (more convincingly for them) private polling immediately following the debate.

Mike Allen, author of AM
Oct 23, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Trump-Biden venom on display during final debate

Photos: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images; Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Joe Biden twice referred to President Trump as "this guy," and Trump called the former vice president's family "like a vacuum cleaner" for foreign money.

Why it matters: The personal venom — during Thursday's final presidential debate, in Nashville — was a reminder that even during a more normal debate, nothing this year is normal.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
Oct 23, 2020 - Energy & Environment

Biden looks to stem oil "transition" furor amid GOP attacks

Former Vice President Joe Biden. ANGELA WEISS / Getty Images

Joe Biden's campaign is looking to blunt attacks in response to his comments in Thursday night's debate about a "transition from the oil industry," as Republicans look to make the remarks a liability in the closing days of the race.

Driving the news: Biden campaign spokesperson Bill Russo, in comments circulated to reporters Friday afternoon, said the former VP "would not get rid of fossil fuels," but wants to end subsidies.

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