NEW YORK – Presidential politics move fast. What we’re watching heading into a new week on the 2020 campaign:
Days to general election: 29
Days to next presidential debate: 8
President Donald Trump spent the weekend in the hospital after testing positive for COVID-19, a development that added a new layer of chaos to an already turbulent 2020 contest just one month before Election Day. No first-term president has suffered such a serious health setback so close to an election.
Trump's hospitalization has refocused the election right where Democrat Joe Biden wants it: on Trump's uneven leadership throughout the pandemic. The Republican president has struggled to manage the nation's response to the health crisis. After ignoring his own health experts' recommendations for several months, now he and several senior Republicans, not to mention first lady Melania Trump, are infected.
The revelation came days after an ugly debate performance that already had Trump's allies on the defensive. While things certainly seem to be trending in Biden's direction, 29 days is plenty of time for another October surprise. Or three.