Pundit: Despite polling, Dems still come up short

Thursday, August 22, 2019
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

Debate debate (three)A conservative political scientist and election analyst contends the Democratic Party doesn't have anyone who can stand up to President Donald Trump in next year's election – despite what some might consider "troublesome" poll results that show the president lagging.

A recent Fox News poll showed that four of the top potential Democratic challengers led President Trump in head-to-head matchups. Among registered voters polled August 11-13, former Vice President Joe Biden led the president 50-to-38 percent for the biggest advantage, while Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren (not pictured), and Kamala Harris also finished ahead of the president by single digits.

Dr. Charles Dunn is professor emeritus of government at Clemson University. Dunn says this is "one of those things" that happens during an election cycle.

Dunn, Charles (Regent Univ.)"We could say this is troublesome – but look at the candidates on the Democratic side," he begins. "Every one of them has some significant problem – and questions are being raised about each one of them whether they can go the distance in getting the Democratic nomination."

He cites Joe Biden as an example. "The questions continue to be raised about whether he can withstand his problem of committing serious gaffes," Dunn points out.

And Trump, says the political scientist, can point to a booming economy and several foreign policy successes as the campaign moves forward.

"Sure, we want to be concerned a little bit [about what current polls indicate] – but in terms of comparison of Democratic candidates and their ability to go the distance to get the nomination and Trump's ability to stay the course in the Republican Party?" Dunn observes. "Unless things turn seriously sour for President Trump, the Democrats do not have a candidate who can stand up to him in the general election."

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