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DeSantis dumps campaign manager as momentum collapses

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Republican Ron DeSantis, seeking to reverse his campaign’s declining momentum, has replaced his campaign manager in a bid to rejuvenate his challenge against front-runner Donald Trump for the 2024 Republican nomination.

Generra Peck, who had been the campaign chief since DeSantis launched his candidacy in May, has been replaced by James Uthmeier, a close adviser, according to Andrew Romeo, the campaign’s communications director.

In July, the campaign had already made significant personnel changes, including the termination of nearly 40 employees and reorganization of certain higher-level positions.

However, there is a sense of unease among donors, and some remaining staff members are expressing frustration with what they perceive as a directionless campaign lacking a clear vision, sources close to the campaign revealed on the condition of anonymity.

Prominent Republican donor Dan Eberhart commented that the move appears insufficiently bold, as both Peck and Uthmeier are essentially shifting from one senior campaign role to another similar role. Peck will continue as the chief strategist within the campaign team.

Eberhart emphasized that Governor DeSantis needs to alter the dynamics significantly, given the evident need for change. He viewed this as a realignment rather than a true reset, since both individuals were already in senior advisory positions.

Currently, DeSantis holds the second position in the race for the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic President Joe Biden in the November 2024 election. However, his standing in public opinion polls has been steadily declining for several months. The most recent Reuters/Ipsos poll indicates his national support at just 13%, far behind former President Trump’s 47%.

Uthmeier, a staunch conservative, has limited experience with campaigns and electoral politics in general. It remains unclear whether he will pursue a more moderate ideological approach, as suggested by some donors.

Having previously served as a senior adviser for Wilbur Ross, the secretary of commerce under the Trump administration, Uthmeier has held positions as general counsel for DeSantis and, most recently, as his chief of staff.

Romeo, the communications director, issued a statement asserting that James Uthmeier, a longstanding top adviser to Governor DeSantis, is crucially positioned to collaborate closely with Generra Peck and the rest of the team. Their objective is to position the governor favorably to secure victory in the primary and subsequently challenge Joe Biden.

The recent removal of Peck from her role follows an announcement by Robert Bigelow, a prominent individual donor supporting DeSantis’ candidacy. Bigelow stated that he would withhold further donations unless the governor alters his approach, citing the ineffectiveness of extremism in gaining electoral success. Bigelow regarded Peck as a competent campaign manager but urged DeSantis to adopt a more moderate stance.

Regarding the looming Republican debate on August 23 in Milwaukee, DeSantis faces a pivotal moment. With Trump’s intention to skip the debate, DeSantis could become the target of criticism from other candidates.

David Polyansky, a key figure in the main outside spending group supporting DeSantis, is reportedly joining the campaign as a senior adviser, according to an anonymous source familiar with the matter.

This recent shakeup aligns with a pattern seen in DeSantis’ previous campaigns, according to Whit Ayres, a Republican operative who served as DeSantis’ pollster during his 2018 Florida gubernatorial campaign.

 

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Ford’s all-electric plan for Europe proves too challenging to achieve by 2030

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Ford has revised its plan to go fully electric in Europe by 2030, admitting it was too ambitious.

Originally aiming to transition entirely to electric vehicles, the automaker now plans to continue producing some internal combustion engine vehicles alongside electric ones.

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Democrats scramble to rally behind Harris as Trump allies launch next phase of campaign

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Biden Withdraws: President Joe Biden Ends Reelection Bid, Endorses Kamala Harris.

 

After weeks of battling to salvage his political career – claiming he wouldn’t be stepping down after a disastrous debate performance – the president’s sudden change of course was not announced through an Oval Office address or a campaign speech. Instead, it was revealed in a letter posted to social media while he was recovering from Covid-19 at his beach house in Delaware.

“And while it has been my intention to seek reelection, I believe it is in the best interest of my party and the country for me to stand down and to focus solely on fulfilling my duties as President for the remainder of my term,” Biden wrote in a letter posted to X.

Harris expressed her gratitude for Biden’s endorsement, stating she is “honoured” and committed to “earning and winning” the nomination. Should she secure the nomination, Harris would make history as the first Black woman and first Asian American to lead the ticket of a major political party. To facilitate her candidacy, the Biden-Harris campaign has updated its filings with the Federal Election Commission, renaming its principal committee to reflect Harris’s new status as a presidential candidate.

Despite Biden’s support, the path forward remains uncertain. It is unclear whether Harris will automatically become the nominee or what alternative processes the Democratic Party might consider. Additionally, sources suggest that Senator Joe Manchin, an independent from West Virginia, is contemplating re-registering as a Democrat to enter the presidential race.

In response to Biden’s withdrawal, former President Donald Trump criticised Biden as “the worst president by far in the history of our country” during a call with CNN. Trump has also launched a fundraising appeal to rally his supporters.

 

 

 

 

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Trump allies launch campaign against Kamala Harris as he boasts an easier victory

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Donald Trump has said he thinks Kamala Harris will be easier to beat than Joe Biden.

With Biden out, Trump’s campaign will now adjust its strategy, focusing on attacking Harris and any other possible Democratic candidates. They aim to convince voters that Harris would be just as ineffective as Biden.

Biden faced growing doubts about his ability to win re-election, especially after a weak debate performance against Trump. Some Democrats also lost confidence in his leadership, leading him to step down.

Donald Trump said he thinks Kamala Harris will be easier to defeat than Biden. Trump and his team quickly began attacking both Biden and Harris online, claiming that Biden was not fit to be president and that Harris would be just as bad.

Allies of former President Donald Trump quickly launched their campaign against Vice President Kamala Harris on Sunday afternoon, preparing a series of anti-Harris ads and planning their strategies for attacking her.

“I call her laughing Kamala,” Trump told the crowd, during his nearly two-hour appearance. “You can tell a lot by a laugh. She’s crazy. She’s nuts.”

 

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