Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, warned of a possible “bloodbath” for Republicans in next month’s election if voters are stressed about the economy because of the pandemic — which would certainly explain why House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is holding up a new round of pandemic related stimulus and direct payments to Americans.
Cruz appeared on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” and said the election is extremely “volatile,” but that President Donald Trump could still get reelected by a “big margin” if voters are feeling positive about the future.
Not only would the president win big, but the senator said we could even see the Republican Party retake the House.
“If people are going back to work, if they’re optimistic, if they’re positive about the future, we could see a fantastic election: the president getting reelected with a big margin, Republicans winning both Houses of Congress,” Cruz said.
Otherwise, America could see a similar occurrence as in 1976, when scandal weary voters elected Jimmy Carter — Carter being an apt comparison to what a Joe Biden presidency may deliver.
“But I also think if on Election Day, people are angry and they’ve given up hope and they’re depressed, which is what Pelosi and [Senate Majority Leader Chuck] Schumer want them to be, I think it could be a terrible election,” Cruz opined. “I think we could lose the White House and both houses of Congress, that it could be a bloodbath of Watergate proportions.”
On that note, Republicans can feel good about a new Gallup survey showing that 56% of Americans say they are better off now than they were four years ago — and this is right smack in the middle of the pandemic.
As Gallup noted, this “has served as a key standard that sitting presidents running for reelection have been held to” since 1980, when Ronald Reagan asked Americans, “Are you better off today than you were four years ago?”
President Trump was quick to seize on the good news, as he mocked his Democratic opponent by calling him “OBiden,” a play on the Obama-Biden administration.
He tweeted: “The Gallup Poll has just come out with the incredible finding that 56% of you say that you are better off today, during a pandemic, than you were four years ago (OBiden). Highest number on record! Pretty amazing!”
The Gallup Poll has just come out with the incredible finding that 56% of you say that you are better off today, during a pandemic, than you were four years ago (OBiden). Highest number on record! Pretty amazing!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 9, 2020
What’s more, not only are Americans feeling good about where they are, the numbers leading up to the 2020 election are the highest ever recorded this close to an election.
% of Americans who say they are better off now than they were 4 years ago
Sept 2020: 56 percent
Dec 2012: 45 percent
Oct 2004: 47 percent
Oct 1992: 38 percent
— Rob Henderson (@robkhenderson) October 8, 2020
Interestingly, while more voters saw Biden having presidential qualities than Trump, the same number said they agree more with the president’s policies.
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