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According to an anonymous aide, United States President Donald Trump has announced that their campaign will spend a minimum of US$10 million on nationwide ads.
Recent polls have shown a tight race between the two, despite the coronavirus pandemic which has hit the US the hardest, with over 1.2 million confirmed cases and 76,938 deaths as of May 8. In a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted earlier this week, 45% of Americans said Trump would be more successful at creating jobs, compared with 32% who feel Biden would fare better.
According to two advertising companies – Advertising Analytics and Cross Screen Media – a predicted US$1.7 billion is expected to be spent on ads in the 2020 Trump-Biden race.
Blame against China for the global coronavirus pandemic is one message that seemingly resonates with many Trump supporters and constituents. In one ad, the Trump campaign suggests that Biden is opposed to travel restrictions on foreign nationals coming from China.
In response, a spokesperson for the Biden campaign, Andrew Bates, accused Trump of having “horrifically mismanaged the worst public health crisis in over 100 years.” Bates also stated that Trump’s accusation was contradictory to the praise he initially had for China over their handling of the outbreak.