Michael Taylor is the Republican mayor of Sterling Heights, Michigan, a key swing state in the 2020 race for the White House, and he says he’s sick and tired of President Donald Trump and voting for Democratic front-runner and former Vice President Joe Biden.
Speaking with Greg Sargent of the Washington Post, Taylor made it clear that he’s been a loyal member of the GOP for years. He voted for John McCain in 2008 and Mitt Romney in 2012. Sargent asked Taylor why he chose to vote for Biden in today’s Democratic primary and will do the same in November. Taylor replied:
“Biden more closely aligns with my values. Fundamentally the American economy is strong and our system of capitalism is the best to help the most people. I don’t want to see the types of wholesale changes that Bernie Sanders is proposing. I generally try to find the candidate who would be best for Sterling Heights. I think Biden is that candidate.”
And Taylor also predicted that many who cast a ballot for Donald Trump in 2016 are going to go Democratic in 2020:
“The most likely are the suburban, middle-class families like mine with children. Those are the sorts of people who maybe grew up in a Republican household. They might have always been Republican. But now that they’ve seen Trump, they’re going to switch to Biden.”
Why would such people vote for a Democrat like Joe Biden? Sargent asked. Taylor responded:
“Sanity and adult leadership in the White House. We have a president who, in the middle of what could be a global pandemic, is really more concerned about his reelection than coming up with a plan.
“People want to get back to some sense of normalcy. They’ll look to Biden and say, ‘Things are going to go back to the way they were before.'”
Donald Trump won Michigan by 10,700 votes four years ago. If a small percentage of those who voted for Trump pull the lever for Joe Biden in November, Biden will win the Wolverine State. A similar result in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin would all but guarantee Biden is the next president.
Granted, it’s a long way to November, but at the moment things are not looking good for Trump.
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