Experts say Biden's campaign will flourish, Trump's will slow down after COVID-19 diagnosis

President Donald Trump and his family have postponed all events after both he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus. Vice President Mike Pence will continue campaigning.

News 12 Staff

Oct 3, 2020, 12:58 AM

Updated 1,349 days ago

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President Donald Trump and his family have postponed all events after both he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus. Vice President Mike Pence will continue campaigning.
The debate scheduled for two weeks from now is likely to get canceled, according to Southern Connecticut State University political science professor Tess Marchant-Shapiro.
Gary Rose, a political science professor at Sacred Heart University, says the president's positive diagnosis may make it more difficult to defend his leadership in regard to the coronavirus.
"I believe that the Democrats are going to use everything they can either explicitly or implicitly to suggest that this is just more evidence that we have not turned the corner as the president has been claiming and that the virus, now that it's afflicted him and his wife, it's more evidence of the fact that the virus is still with us and that the president's claims that the virus is under control are false," said Rose. "So I think it' going to hurt his campaign quite substantially."
The diagnosis also means the Trump campaign has to slow down while the Biden campaign can keep the momentum going.
"After the debate, it was looking like polls were surging in favor of Biden and he started the tours with trains which invigorates his campaign," said Marchant-Shapiro. "At the same time, Trump's campaign is not moving anywhere because he's not there to rally his forces."


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