Americans are still grappling with a global pandemic that has claimed more than 800,000 lives worldwide and nearly 180,000 in the U.S. alone. States are engulfed in debates over whether it’s safe to reopen schools this fall. And anti-racism protests have continued unabated in some U.S. cities.
But America First Action, the largest super PAC supporting President Donald Trump’s reelection, is about to go all-in on the economy.
Even as voters cope with the ongoing blows from Covid-19, the group is betting that most Americans will still vote their pocketbooks this November — supporting the candidate they believe is best equipped to rebuild an economy that has been devastated by coronavirus-related shutdowns and faltering consumer confidence. Next week, the PAC will launch an $18.6 million ad buy across North Carolina, Florida, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania questioning Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s plan to fix the economy.
It’s a significant bet at a time when polls have shown slippage in the president’s economic edge over Biden, who said over the weekend he would reshutter businesses if health experts recommended such a move as necessary to prevent further infections. A Reuters/Ipsos poll released last week showed Trump and Biden tied at 47 percent approval for their handling of the economy, while TheEconomist/YouGov gave the president a 6-point edge over Biden in a survey this month.