The Daily 202: Trump tries frantically to make up lost ground with seniors, promising free medicine and checks

Other polls released over the last week show Biden leading among voters 65 and older, including in the battlegrounds of Florida, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Pew’s survey was in the field from Wednesday, the day after the first presidential debate, through Monday, the day Trump checked himself out of Walter Reed after his three-night stay in the hospital. Pew’s unusually large sample size of 10,543 registered voters means smaller margins of error for subgroups, which allows for deeper analysis.

Trump and many of his top advisers see his weakness among seniors as an existential threat to his hopes for a second term, and the president is demanding that his aides use all the levers of the federal government to woo older voters who have drifted away during the final 25 days of the campaign.

The president tweeted a two-and-a-half minute video Thursday afternoon of himself speaking directly to seniors, whom

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Trump Reverses Stance on Stimulus, Asks for $1,200 Checks and Small Business Relief

Is a second stimulus check back on the table?

In recent weeks, lawmakers had actually appeared to be getting closer to a deal on another coronavirus relief bill, with leaders from both parties indicating progress had been made and they were hopeful a compromise could be found.

That’s why it came as a shock when President Donald Trump announced yesterday that he had instructed his team to halt negotiations and said he would prefer lawmakers wait until after the upcoming November election to pass a stimulus package. The president had been one of the biggest proponents of a generous stimulus bill, so his announcement came as a shock.

Late in the evening, however, the president appeared to reverse course, releasing several statements via Twitter indicating his continued support for specific stimulus relief — including a $1,200 check for most Americans.

The president is back on board with more coronavirus stimulus

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