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Biden on Russian bounties story: Trump doesn't seem to be "cognitively aware" of what's going on

Added 06-30-20 04:50:02pm EST - “"I can hardly wait to compare my cognitive ability with the cognitive ability of the man I am running against."” - Hotair.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Hotair.com: “Biden on Russian bounties story: Trump doesn't seem to be "cognitively aware" of what's going on”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

“I can hardly wait to compare my cognitive ability with the cognitive ability of the man I am running against,” he said today at a press conference, his first in three months.

There’s no avoiding the issue of mental competence in this campaign, as you know if you saw the Rasmussen poll last night. The public has suspicions about Biden, especially the cohort of senior citizens that seems interested in voting Democratic this year but might need some persuading. Biden’s evidently decided that, if this fight is coming, he might as well go on offense.

Asked about reports of Russian bounties, Biden says, "[Trump] talks about cognitive capability. He doesn't seem to be cognitively aware of what's going on." pic.twitter.com/dG4H0w20iA

“The idea that somehow he didn’t know or isn’t being briefed, it is a dereliction of duty if that’s the case,” he went on to say of Trump and the intelligence on Russian bounties targeting U.S. troops. “And if he was briefed and nothing was done about this, that’s a dereliction of duty.”

This reminds me a bit of Team Bush’s strategy against Kerry in 2004, which was to take Kerry’s core strength — his military service — and turn it into a weakness via the Swift Boat stuff. Biden’s strategy looks to be a twist on that, to take his own core weakness — the doubts about his acuity — and try to make it Trump’s. The president, after all, doesn’t always have “the best words” during interviews. He relies heavily on verbal tics like “strongly” and “powerfully.” He’s never been a stickler about the finer details of policy, which frequently leaves him filibustering in interviews when he gets a question about specifics. Biden has material to work with. And the advantage he has is that he doesn’t need to convince the public that Trump’s “lost a step.” All he needs to do is convince them that acuity is an issue for both of them to some extent, which makes it a wash. He’s trying to neutralize the subject of cognitive decline on Election Day, not hang it around Trump’s neck.

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