Trump Aides Target Booker, Harris, Warren; Trump Frets About Biden

Keynote speaker former Vice President Joe Biden pauses during his speech during the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law 20th Anniversary Gala at the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. The annual event serves as the school’s principal scholarship fundraiser. (AP Photo / Las Vegas Sun, Yasmina Chavez)
FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 file photo, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law 20th Anniversary Gala at the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas. On Monday, Dec. 4, 201... FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 file photo, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law 20th Anniversary Gala at the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas. On Monday, Dec. 4, 2018, Biden said he believes that he is the most qualified person in the country to be president. (Yasmina Chavez/Las Vegas Sun via AP) MORE LESS
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February 14, 2019 8:25 a.m.

As President Donald Trump and his aides gear up for 2020, they are most concerned about different targets: Trump’s staffers are focused on gathering opposition research on Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Kamala Harris (D-CA).

Trump, on the other hand, has focused his attention on potential candidate Joe Biden, who he sees as having the greatest chance of winning a general election.

According to a Thursday Politico report, Trump’s aides have had mixed reactions while watching the start of the primaries: pleasure at the candidates’ lean to the left, shock at Harris’ impressive rollout and fear that Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Biden will enter the race and put the midwest on the table.

Trump sees Biden as most able to appeal to disparate parts of the base, while his aides see him as too centrist to survive the primary.

Trump’s staffers are pleased at the lack of a frontrunner and hope that support will be spread too thin for one dominant candidate to emerge and overcome the incumbency effect.

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