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Priorities USA Action, leading Dem super PAC, moves into Arizona with TV campaign

Priorities USA Action, a leading Democratic super PAC, on Tuesday announced plans to expand its ongoing TV ad campaign against President Trump into Arizona, where recent polling has indicated Mr. Trump is vulnerable. The group said Mr. Trump is increasingly nervous about his chances in Arizona, which could be vital for the president’s chances at…

Priorities USA Action, leading Dem super PAC, moves into Arizona with TV campaign

Priorities USA Action, a leading Democratic super PAC, on Tuesday announced plans to expand its ongoing TV ad campaign against President Trump into Arizona, where recent polling has indicated Mr. Trump is vulnerable.

The group said Mr. Trump is increasingly nervous about his chances in Arizona, which could be vital for the president’s chances at reelection.

A new TV ad from the group that hits the president for his response to the coronavirus crisis and the ongoing protests in the wake of George Floyd’s killing in Minneapolis is set to run on TV in Arizona, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan.

“Think of the damage that’s been done, and imagine what four more years might look like,” a narrator says in the ad over images of police confronting protesters and Mr. Trump’s holding up a Bible outside of St. John’s Episcopal Church last week.

The group had also announced in March it was briefly expanding a previous TV buy into Arizona.

The March announcement came after the Trump campaign had petitioned some TV stations in other battleground states to stop airing an ad from the group, saying it mischaracterized Mr. Trump’s comments on the coronavirus pandemic.

Outside of former President Bill Clinton’s carrying the state in 1996, it’s been close to 70 years since Arizona has broken for a Democratic presidential candidate.

But some recent polling has shown presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joseph R. Biden leading Mr. Trump in the state. Mr. Biden leads Mr. Trump by about 3 points, according to the latest Real Clear Politics average of public polling.In 2018, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, Arizona Democrat, also became the first Democrat in 30 years to win a U.S. Senate seat in the state.

Ms. Sinema defeated GOP Sen. Martha McSally, who was later appointed to fill the seat of the late Sen. John McCain and who has been lagging behind Democrat Mark Kelly in public polling on her race this year.

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Trump says his action stops low-income housing from ‘bothering’ suburbs

President Trump made a class-based appeal Wednesday to voters in the suburbs, where he trails presumptive Democratic nominee Joseph R. Biden, saying he’s ensured they won’t be “bothered” by low-income housing. “I am happy to inform all of the people living their Suburban Lifestyle Dream that you will no longer be bothered or financially hurt…

Trump says his action stops low-income housing from ‘bothering’ suburbs

President Trump made a class-based appeal Wednesday to voters in the suburbs, where he trails presumptive Democratic nominee Joseph R. Biden, saying he’s ensured they won’t be “bothered” by low-income housing.

“I am happy to inform all of the people living their Suburban Lifestyle Dream that you will no longer be bothered or financially hurt by having low income housing built in your neighborhood,” the president tweeted. “Your housing prices will go up based on the market, and crime will go down. I have rescinded the Obama-Biden AFFH Rule. Enjoy!”

At a stop later Wednesday in Midland, Texas, the president brought up the topic again to applause.

“People fight all of their lives to get into the suburbs and have a beautiful home,” Mr. Trump said. “There will be no more low-income housing forced into the suburbs.  I … just rescinded the rule. I’ve seen conflict for years. It’s been hell for suburbia. We rescinded the rule three days ago, so enjoy your life, ladies and gentlemen, enjoy.”

Mr. Trump, who trails Mr. Biden by 11 points among suburban voters in the latest Fox News poll, this week took action to repeal the Obama administration’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule. The 2015 regulation was an update to the 1968 Fair Housing Act, and sought to enforce desegregation in housing.

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson said the Obama rule was “complicated, costly and ineffective.”

“We found it to be unworkable and ultimately a waste of time for localities to comply with, too often resulting in funds being steered away from communities that need them most,” Mr. Carson said in a statement.

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, called the president’s tweet “disgusting.”

“President Trump is actively working to gut fair housing laws and legalize housing discrimination,” Mr. Schumer tweeted. “EVERY American deserves access to the American dream. We will fight this.”

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