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Fox News host Jesse Watters explained why he believes there has been a “momentum shift” in the race between President Donald Trump and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

As Biden continues to lead handily in national polls, Watters pointed to several recent actions undertaken by Trump along with a recent poll showing the race tightening in battleground states, making the topic of “the Trump turnaround” the subject of Saturday night’s “Watters’ Words.


“You can feel the momentum shift in the presidential race,” Watters said. “It showed up in the polls in key battleground states.”

The Fox News host showed the breakdown of CNBC’s latest polling that showed Trump gaining ground in the battleground states of Pennsylvania, Arizona, Florida, Michigan and Wisconsin, although Biden still leads in all and has gained ground in North Carolina.

Battleground States (Watters World screengrab)

“Forget about the national polls,” Watters contended. “It’s all about the battlegrounds anyway. Most pollsters are undersampling Republicans as high as 10 points. They do that just to depress turnout. Don’t fall for it.”

For “perspective,” Watters pointed out that former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was “beating Trump in every single battleground state going into the 2016 election.”

“What happened? Hillary lost every single battleground state,” he said. “In addition, national polls showed Hillary crushing Trump.” (RELATED: Michael Moore: ‘Do Not Underestimate The Evil Genius That Is Donald J. Trump’)

“National polls showed John Kerry crushing Bush,” Watters added. “National polls showed Dukakis crushing Bush’s dad, 41. And only two insurgent candidates knocked off incumbents in the last 40 years. Rockstar Ronald Reagan and the politically gifted Bill Clinton with a little help from Ross Perot.”

“Biden, he doesn’t have anywhere near that talent, and that’s why he’s hiding,” Watters said.

The Fox News host argued that Trump “has been a lot more focused” over the last few weeks.

“He’s brought back the coronavirus briefings, addressing the nation six times from the briefing room. The tone is more serious, realistic, and steady,” he concluded.

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Kamala Harris and Joe Biden beefs: Two times the running mates clashed

Nobody knows better than Joe Biden that his veep pick Kamala Harris can be a pit bull — she regularly went after him while still vying for the top spot on the Democratic presidential ticket.

Harris — whom the Democratic presidential candidate picked as his running mate Tuesday — famously pounced on him during a 2019 primary-race debate over his opposition to US Department of Education-ordered busing in the 1970s.

The former top California prosecutor-turned-US senator first publicly grilled Biden over why he has boasted about working well with former US Sens. James Eastland and Herman Talmadge, who were known segregationists at the time.

“I do not believe you are racist,” Harris told Biden. “But I also believe, and it is personal — it was hurtful to hear you talk about the reputations of two United States senators who built their reputations and careers on the segregation of race in this country.

“It is not only that, but you also worked with them to oppose busing,” she said — noting that she was part of the second class to integrate her public school growing up in California and was bussed.

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August 11, 2020

Biden angrily fired back that Harris was making a “mischaracterization of my position across the board.

“I did not praise racists,” he insisted. “That is not true. No. 1. No. 2 — if we want to have this campaign litigated on who supports civil rights and whether I did or not, I’m happy to do that.

“I did not oppose busing in America,’’ added Biden — who served as vice president under the country’s first black president, Barack Obama.

“What I opposed is busing ordered by the Department of Education, that’s what I opposed.’’

A few months earlier, Harris — who dropped out of the Democratic presidential race in December — also said she believed the women who have stepped forward to say Biden made them uncomfortable with unwanted touching.

“I believe them, and I respect them being able to tell their story and having the courage to do it,” Harris said.

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