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Kevin McCarthy: ‘If the election was today, yes, you’re concerned’

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Friday said President Trump’s sagging poll numbers are a concern for the immediate future but predicted Mr. Trump will ultimately be reelected once a clear contrast with Joseph R. Biden develops. “Look, if the election was today yes, you’re concerned,” Mr. McCarthy, California Republican, said on Fox News. “Can…

Kevin McCarthy: ‘If the election was today, yes, you’re concerned’

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Friday said President Trump’s sagging poll numbers are a concern for the immediate future but predicted Mr. Trump will ultimately be reelected once a clear contrast with Joseph R. Biden develops.

“Look, if the election was today yes, you’re concerned,” Mr. McCarthy, California Republican, said on Fox News. “Can we do better? Yes, we can.”

Mr. McCarthy was asked about concerns that Mr. Trump’s sagging popularity in public polling could be dragging down GOP senators up for reelection in states like North Carolina and Georgia.

Mr. McCarthy, one of the president’s most steadfast allies in Congress, nevertheless predicted a Trump victory in November.

“Joe Biden hasn’t really been out of the basement yet,” he said of the likely Democratic presidential nominee. “I think when you have that contrast going, I think President Trump will get reelected.

“Who’s the best to articulate what the future is? To me, who’s best to rebuild, renew and restore America? Who’s best to rebuild this economy?” Mr. McCarthy said. “Is it going to be Joe Biden? Does anyone know what Joe Biden’s policies are?”

He pointed out that GOP Rep. Mike Garcia won a recent special election in California during the pandemic in a race to replace former Democratic Rep. Katie Hill.

“So yes, polling would say one thing but the outcome said something much different,” Mr. McCarthy said. “This is going to be a competitive race and it should be about ideas, though.”

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