Why didnít the candidates talk about immigration, trade, or guns more?

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darklordoftech:
Why didnít Biden run against ďkids in cagesĒ? Why didnít Trump run against ďMexico sending their rapistsĒ? Why didnít Trump attack Biden for voting for NAFTA and the WTO or for writing gun laws?

TML:
In terms of Biden, I suspect that the kids in cages issue seemed far less pressing than the Covid pandemic and Trump's response to it.

In terms of Trump, it seems that he got so caught up in the culture wars that he essentially forgot how he really won against Hillary (i.e. by attacking her on the issue of free trade - if he had focused on Biden's support of free trade, he might have won the same way he did against Hillary).

Pres Mike:
Biden did talk about immigration but he did so skill fully. I remember seeing commercials about "kids in cages". BUT Biden knew illegal immigration is very unpopular. Democrats do not win when defending illegal immigration (even with second or third generation Americans).

In the 2019 debate the moderators asked about decriminlzing border crossings, I rolled my eyes. You would have thought Trump asked that questions as a "gotcha" moment

Same with guns. Guns haven't been a winning issue for Democrats (historically) so Biden avoided it.

darklordoftech:
Quote from: Pres Mike on September 12, 2022, 05:55:30 PM

Same with guns. Guns haven't been a winning issue for Democrats (historically) so Biden avoided it.


I was asking why Trump didnít talk about guns, not why Biden didnít talk about guns.

Pres Mike:
Quote from: darklordoftech on September 12, 2022, 06:01:02 PM

Quote from: Pres Mike on September 12, 2022, 05:55:30 PM

Same with guns. Guns haven't been a winning issue for Democrats (historically) so Biden avoided it.


I was asking why Trump didnít talk about guns, not why Biden didnít talk about guns.


Talking about guns only works for Republicans when Democrats talk about guns

Democrat: Hell yeah we want to take your guns
Republican: We support 2nd amendment

Winner: Republican

Republican: Democrats want to take your guns
Democrats: No we don't. Thats just NRA talking points.

Winner: Democrats

See? Neither party benefits by bringing up the issue. Hence it not being an issue in 2020.

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