President Donald Trump could face "real headwinds" in his race against former Vice President Joe Biden if the election becomes a referendum on him, and he needs to go back to drawing contrasts between himself and his Democratic challenger, former acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said Tuesday.
"If it ends up being a popularity contest, or worse, a referendum on President Trump, I think he's got some real headwinds to face," Mulvaney told Fox Business' Maria Bartiromo. “If the president can go back to drawing those contrasts between him and Joe Biden, that becomes a race between Trump and Biden, (and) I think the president does extraordinarily well, and he shows people, ‘Look, if you hire me, this is what you get. If you hire him, you end up with no jobs.’”
Bartiromo noted that Trump's supporters are starting to urge Trump to stick to his message, including fixing the economy and bringing back law and order.
"You have already seen some indications of growth," said Mulvaney. "Maybe that's what he should be talking about. I think it's just over 7 million jobs in the last two months. Retail sales are up, home sales in May I think set a record, so there's good news there. How do you take that and turn that into a message that gets you reelected?"
Trump should point out to people that if he made America great in his first term, he can do it again, Mulvaney added, because "if Joe Biden has a history of anything, it's not being able to get the country out of a slow economy."
The comments come at a time when Biden's polling numbers show the president trailing him by high margins, including in the swing states Trump carried in 2016. Further, according to a Gallup Poll published Monday, Trump's job approval is at 38%.
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