Political consultant Karl Rove suggested Tuesday that President Donald Trump use large video screens at his remaining rallies ahead of the Nov. 3 election to play clips of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris flip-flopping on issues like fracking, an important industry in battleground states like Pennsylvania.
“He’s a showman,” Rove said of Trump in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity. “He needs to figure out how to do this.”
“Why not get one of those big screens and when he’s talking about how Biden’s not shooting straight with you like on fracking — go to Pennsylvania, be in front of one of those chemical plants that’s there, they’ve got the natural gas revolution occurring there,” Rove, who was credited with successfully helping George W. Bush win his two elections, continued.
“Talk about the jobs, talk about the high-paying construction running the plant, and then say, now [Biden] says…here’s what he was saying during the primary, let’s go to the video,” Rove said.
The political adviser said the Trump campaign should then feature video clips of previous comments Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, and running mate Harris have made in which they said they would ban fracking, short for hydraulic fracturing, a revolutionary oil and gas extraction technique that is credited with an energy boom in the upper Midwest.
After the clips of Biden talking down fracking played, Rove said Trump should go on to point out the difference between the previous statements and the Biden-Harris claims now that they won’t ban the technique.
“Say [Biden] he’s not shootin’ straight with ya, go to the videotape,” Rove added.
“That’ll become the equivalent of the Karl Rove whiteboard,” Hannity responded, in reference to the consultant’s frequent use of a dry-erase board during interviews as a visual aid to make his points.
Earlier, the two discussed Biden’s seeming dismissal — and insult — of the majority of Americans in a recent Gallup poll who said they are better off now than they were four years ago, following eight years of Obama-Biden policies.
In that survey, 56 percent of respondents said they’re better off now than before, an important economic metric that political analysts say matters a great deal to voters. But in an interview with a local media outlet Monday, Biden said Americans who feel that way “probably shouldn’t” vote for him before claiming they have “memory” problems.
“They think — 54 percent of the American people believe they’re better off economically today than they were under our administration? Well, their memory is not very good, quite frankly,” he added, citing the wrong statistic.
Rove noted that is a significant finding given that the country has been suffering economic malaise for months, including mass unemployment, due to COVID-19-mandated business closures and restrictions.
“Why do 56 percent say [they’re better off]?” Rove asked. “I think they say it because in 2017, 2018, 2019 and through February of this year, they realized they were enjoying better prosperity than they had been enjoying for years and they gave President Trump credit for it.”
Meanwhile, Rove noted, 45 percent of Americans said as much in 2012 — President Obama’s reelection year — while in 2004 as Bush ran for reelection, 47 percent of Americans surveyed said they were better off than they were four years earlier.
And, of course, both presidents were reelected.
“Today, even with all the difficulties we’ve got, it shows the strength of the economic issue, the issue of who can better restart the economy is one that Donald Trump can beat Joe Biden on,” Rove said.