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Kellyanne Conway. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Kellyanne Conway on Friday said she expects to be stationed at the White House throughout President Trump's reelection bid, but will likely step in for debate prep, saying, "I want to be where my best and highest use is for the president," Politico reports.

Why it matters: Trump has recently shaken up his 2020 campaign staff, including booting former campaign manager Brad Parscale. The personnel changes come as Trump has fallen behind in polls against former Vice President Joe Biden less than four months ahead of the election.

  • Conway replaced Paul Manafort as Trump's campaign manager in August 2016 at a make-or-break moment for the now-president's candidacy.
  • She's continued as one of the president's most loyal and visible defenders during his administration.

What she's saying: Conway noted that she was the "only woman in the debate prep most of the time" in the 2016 campaign, and she anticipates resuming debate-prep work in 2020.

  • "I would expect that even if I have to take vacation time, I will be there as well, because that's going to be must-see TV," she added.

Conway added that the White House is "where the president wants [her] to be," saying, "I still believe that a president running for reelection, those fortunes rise and fall mostly on what is done where he is, in this building."

Go deeper

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."

Oct 25, 2020 - Health

Ex-FDA chief: Pence campaigning after COVID exposure puts others at risk

Former FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said "the short answer is yes" when asked whether Vice President Mike Pence is putting others at risk by continuing to campaign after several aides tested positive for COVID-19, stressing that the White House needs to be "very explicit about the risks that they're taking."

Why it matters: The New York Times reports that at least five members of Pence's inner circle, including his chief of staff Marc Short and outside adviser Marty Obst, have tested positive for the virus. Pence tested negative on Sunday morning, according to the VP's office, and he'll continue to travel for the final stretch of the 2020 campaign.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
Oct 26, 2020 - Energy & Environment

Trump reaches for oil lifeline

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

President Trump's campaign is making energy policy a prominent part of its closing swing state attacks against Joe Biden — especially in Pennsylvania, a state critical to Trump's reelection effort where he's trailing in the polls.

Driving the news: Trump's efforts include a new ad in Pennsylvania alleging that his Democratic presidential rival would crush the state's gas industry, and his campaign has aggressively deployed surrogates talking about energy in recent days.

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