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During the all-important post Labor Day stretch, Biden plans to hit the road, as he has started to do in recent days, traveling to key swing states to hammer home those arguments.
They also want to underscore a message casting Trump as a reprehensible president unfit to lead the country or command the troops, something Biden signaled at a press conference Friday.
Biden campaign aides and allies say their ticket hit its stride in August.
They believe they made a solid pick for Biden’s running mate in Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisCelebrities recording personalized Cameo messages in Biden fundraising effort Sarah Jessica Parker helps launch ‘Moms for Biden’ in Ohio The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden visits Kenosha | Trump’s double-voting suggestion draws fire | Facebook clamps down on election ads MORE (D-Calif.), and they’ve been bolstered by staggering fundraising numbers. They also feel confident in polls that show Biden with a solid national lead.
While there is some evidence of a tightening race in key swing states, Mike Donilon, Biden’s chief campaign strategist and longtime adviser, said it was “imperative” for Trump to move his numbers more following the Republican National Convention.
“And that didn’t happen,” Donilon told reporters on a Zoom call Friday.
Another Biden ally close to the campaign put it this way: “Our message is working. We are systematically addressing the biggest problems on people’s minds,” including the pandemic, the economy and racial inequality.
“The polls are stable because the support is real,” the ally said.
Trump has spent recent weeks hammering his message of “law and order,” blasting Democrats for their lack of leadership in cities where he says demonstrations are out of control.
An ABC-Ipsos poll released Friday found that 55 percent trusted Biden to keep the country safe.
The poll also showed Biden leading Trump 56-42 percent on the issue of keeping families safe. Fifty-nine percent said they believed Biden would reduce violence in the country, compared to 39 percent for Trump.
“This is something we will keep highlighting over and over again,” said another longtime Biden ally. “We need to keep saying ‘Look at Trump’s America. Look what’s happened during his time in office.’ This isn’t some