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“Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” -Abraham Lincoln
Trump Leading Biden, Sanders in Iowa by Double Digits, Poll Says
Democratic candidates Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders may be getting lots of media attention as the battle for their party’s presidential nomination heats up, but voters in Iowaappear to be solidly behind President Trump for November.
Trump leads Biden 51 percent to 41 percent and leads Sanders 53 percent to 41 percent in Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll results released Thursday.
The same poll, conducted March 2-5, also showed Trump with a 50 percent approval rating in Iowa – the president’s highest ever in the Hawkeye State, according to the Register.
Iowans supported Barack Obama for president in both 2008 and 2012 but were all in for Trump in 2016 over Hillary Clinton, backing the New York businessman by a greater margin than traditionally conservative states such as Texas, The Hill reported.
Trump won Iowa by 9.5 percentage points over Clinton in 2016, according to the Associated Press. Republicans control the governor’s office, the Statehouse and both U.S. Senate seats there.
In the Iowa caucuses held Feb. 3, Sanders finished second, slightly behind former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, 26.2 percent-26.1 percent. Read more…
Pandemic Accelerates Push to Move Supply Chains Out of China
The coronavirus pandemic has businesses and lawmakers intensifying efforts to move their supply chains out of China.
Businesses will never pull out of China completely since it represents too large of a market in itself to ignore. But the virus has put many businesses on notice that they need to diversify their supply chains. At the same time, President Trump and members of Congress are providing additional incentives by vowing to change trade rules to discourage Chinese sources.
The trend of manufacturers rethinking China as a source began well before the virus, said Michael Dunne, director of ZoZo Go, a China-based automotive consulting group. Tariffs sparked by the Trump administration’s trade war with Beijing forced many companies to realize that they depended too much on one region and were vulnerable if the terms of trade were altered.
Many were well into a search when the year started for other places in Asia and the Pacific region to source materials or to establish manufacturing.
“Now, with the coronavirus, the urgency surrounding that has been amplified. Manufacturers and suppliers find themselves really hostage to events inside China and that, without sources outside of China, they are vulnerable,” Dunne said in a podcast hosted by the Detroit-based think tank Center for Automotive Research.
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