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No Labels Weekly Talking Points June 10-14

By Emma Petasis
June 14, 2019 | Blog

These are some of the talking points No Labels is sending to members this week.

  1. Be wary of misleading data regarding support for impeachment.
  • Some recent polls may be exaggerating Democratic voters’ support for impeaching President Trump. This could complicate Nancy Pelosi’s efforts to hold down impeachment fever.
  • It’s important to note a poll’s exact wording to determine its value. For instance, a recent CNN poll generated headlines by saying 76 percent of America’s Democrats favor impeachment. But a Marist/NPR/PBS poll concluded that only 36 percent of Democrats favor impeachment.
  • People who strongly dislike Trump are likely to jump at any chance to say he should be “removed from office.” But many people do not know the current Republican-controlled Senate would not convict and remove Trump even if the House impeached him. In fact, the Senate vote wouldn’t come close to the required two-thirds majority.
  • Trump could use a Senate acquittal to claim “vindication” and “witch hunt” in his 2020 re-election campaign. Pelosi knows this, which is why she’s trying to quell impeachment talk.
  • A more telling and useful poll would have asked something like: “Would you favor the House impeaching Trump even if it’s highly likely the Senate would acquit him, and he’d remain in office”?

Bottom line: Thus far, most House Democrats are sticking with Pelosi. But headlines from polls such as CNN’s serve to muddy the waters, confuse the public, and complicate her efforts.

 2.DEBATE OVER RARE-EARTH METALS MAY BECOME LESS RARE.

Bottom line: This is something to keep an eye on.

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