Hillary Clinton has chosen to keep herself out of the public in the week leading up to her first head-to-head debate with Donald Trump. According to Trump mouthpiece Breitbart, Clinton canceled a fundraiser in North Carolina.
“The event was billed as ‘lunch with Hillary Rodham Clinton’ and costs ranged from $2,700 to $100,000,” Breitbart reported. It’s no surprise that Hillary is keeping a low profile this week, although it may be a mistake.
Two of the three latest national polls show Trump ahead, with the LA Times giving Trump a 5 point, outside the MOE lead. The RCP average has the two candidates in a statistical tie, made even closer when a 4-way race is considered.
Neither Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson nor Green Party candidate Jill Stein have made the cut for the first debate in Hempstead, New York, to be held Monday.
Donald Trump, on the other hand, has a full schedule, mostly focused on battleground states North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Trump is tied in N.C., but trending up, and ahead in the last two polls. Clinton maintains a 6+ point lead in Pennsylvania, but Trump has pulled ahead in Ohio.
While Clinton spends her days in debate prep, Trump has no desire to talk about policy–his debate prep is being ahead in polls. He will certainly bludgeon Clinton with this–and why it may hurt Hillary to stay off the road. It lends credence to “she has no stamina” (that’s becoming more obvious), and it gives Trump a chance to keep dominating the headlines, despite all the liberal media cheerleading for Hillary.
Debates are important. They can either stop momentum or add to it. Trump is counting on a good performance. Clinton very well might play the underdog if she can’t break through Trump’s attacks on health, terrorism, and of course, citing his own “terrific” poll numbers.