President Donald Trump quickly put the economic focus back on himself Thursday morning, after Wednesday night’s vice presidential debate, which covered more economic issues than his barb-trading battle with Democratic candidate Joe Biden.
“Our numbers are going to be great, our numbers for the third quarter are going to be through the roof, retail sales, employment, all of these numbers are going to be great,” Trump told Fox Business Network in a phone-in interview.
The president said he had shut down stimulus talks because both sides were haggling over terms and “it wasn’t going anywhere,” he said. “I don’t want to play games. And then we reopened, and I see the markets are doing well but I think we have a really good chance of doing something.”
Wednesday’s debate brought a more civil tone atop simmering tensions between the two candidates and covered, albeit briefly in the two-minute response allotment, more economic issues.
With permanent layoffs rising and recovery slowing, money is very much on the mind for many households.
“The American economy — the American comeback — is on the ballot,” Vice President Mike Pence said.
Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., made it clear that economic recovery can’t happen without organized coronavirus relief and response, said John Hudak, senior fellow for governance studies at The Brookings Institution, a left-leaning think tank.
Pence came out to make the “tough argument” that he and President Trump will rebuild the economy back to where it was before Covid-19, Hudak said. But that line of discussion is challenging to uphold because part of that recovery is predicated on further relief — which is currently in limbo after Trump called off stimulus talks.
“Both tickets have weaknesses on the economy and opposing candidates worked to exploit those,” Hudak said.
Conservative economists praised Pence’s performance on