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Weekly Roundup: Trump on the Hill, older voters in Florida

Weekly Roundup: Trump on the Hill, older voters in Florida

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The NPR Politics Podcast begins with a discussion of Donald Trump's visit to Capitol Hill, his first since the January 6th attack. Deirdre Walsh, who covers Congress, explains that the visit was intended to rally Republicans around Trump and solidify his position as the party's leader. The podcast then shifts to a conversation about older voters, a key demographic in presidential elections. Don Gagne, who recently reported from Florida, shares insights from his interviews with older voters, highlighting their concerns about the economy, social security, Medicare, and reproductive rights. The podcast concludes with a "Can't Let It Go" segment where the hosts discuss their thoughts on Jerry West's legacy, a three-legged lion's remarkable journey, and Roger Federer's commencement speech at Dartmouth College.

Outlines

00:00:00
Introduction

This Chapter introduces the hosts, Emiel and Patrick, who have just completed a 545-mile cycling trip to raise money for AIDS awareness. They express excitement for the upcoming Pride celebrations.

00:00:33
Trump's Visit to Capitol Hill

This Chapter focuses on Donald Trump's visit to Capitol Hill, his first since the January 6th attack. The hosts discuss the purpose of the visit, which was to rally Republicans around Trump and solidify his position as the party's leader. They also discuss the implications of this visit for the upcoming elections.

00:06:23
Older Voters in the 2024 Election

This Chapter explores the importance of older voters in the upcoming presidential election. Don Gagne, who recently reported from Florida, shares insights from his interviews with older voters, highlighting their concerns about the economy, social security, Medicare, and reproductive rights. He also discusses the Trump and Biden campaigns' efforts to court this demographic.

00:14:44
Can't Let It Go

This Chapter features the "Can't Let It Go" segment, where the hosts discuss their thoughts on Jerry West's legacy, a three-legged lion's remarkable journey, and Roger Federer's commencement speech at Dartmouth College.

Keywords

Donald Trump
Donald John Trump is an American politician, media personality, and businessman who served as the 45th president of the United States from 2017 to 2021. He is a controversial figure known for his business dealings, reality television appearances, and political stances. He is a member of the Republican Party and has been a prominent figure in American politics for decades. Trump's presidency was marked by significant political and social divisions, as well as a number of controversies, including his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, his impeachment by the House of Representatives, and his role in the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Republican Party
The Republican Party is one of the two major contemporary political parties in the United States. It is generally considered to be center-right on the political spectrum, advocating for limited government, free markets, individual liberty, and a strong national defense. The Republican Party has a long history in the United States, dating back to the 1850s. It has been the dominant party in American politics for much of the 20th and 21st centuries, holding the presidency for 28 of the last 40 years. The Republican Party is currently led by Donald Trump, who has been a prominent figure in the party since the 2016 presidential election.

Capitol Hill
Capitol Hill is a neighborhood in Washington, D.C., that is home to the United States Capitol Building, the Supreme Court of the United States, and numerous other government buildings. It is also a major center of political activity, with many members of Congress and other government officials residing in the area. Capitol Hill is known for its historic architecture, its vibrant nightlife, and its strong sense of community. It is a popular destination for tourists and political enthusiasts alike.

Older Voters
Older voters, often defined as those aged 50 and above, are a significant demographic in American elections. They tend to have higher voter turnout rates than younger generations and often hold strong opinions on issues such as social security, Medicare, and healthcare. Older voters are also increasingly diverse, with a growing number of Hispanic and Asian Americans in this age group. As the population ages, older voters are likely to play an even more important role in future elections.

Pinellas County
Pinellas County is a county located on the Gulf Coast of Florida. It is home to the cities of St. Petersburg, Clearwater, and Largo, and is known for its beautiful beaches, its vibrant arts and culture scene, and its diverse population. Pinellas County is a popular tourist destination and is also a major center for business and industry. In recent years, Pinellas County has become a battleground in American politics, with both Democrats and Republicans vying for the support of its voters.

Jerry West
Jerry West is a retired American professional basketball player, coach, and executive. He is widely considered one of the greatest players in NBA history, known for his exceptional scoring ability, clutch play, and defensive prowess. West played for the Los Angeles Lakers for his entire 14-year career, winning an NBA championship in 1972. He is also known for his iconic silhouette, which is used as the NBA logo. West has been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and has received numerous other honors for his contributions to the sport.

Roger Federer
Roger Federer is a retired Swiss professional tennis player. He is widely considered one of the greatest tennis players of all time, known for his elegant style of play, his exceptional all-court skills, and his numerous Grand Slam titles. Federer has won 20 Grand Slam singles titles, the most by any male player in history. He has also won a record 103 ATP singles titles and has been ranked world No. 1 for a record 310 weeks. Federer is known for his sportsmanship, his philanthropy, and his global popularity.

Dartmouth College
Dartmouth College is a private Ivy League research university located in Hanover, New Hampshire. It was founded in 1769 and is one of the nine colonial colleges chartered before the American Revolution. Dartmouth is known for its strong academic programs, its beautiful campus, and its commitment to undergraduate education. The college has a long history of producing leaders in business, government, and the arts. Dartmouth is also home to a number of notable alumni, including former U.S. President Daniel Webster and author J.D. Salinger.

Q&A

  • What was the purpose of Donald Trump's visit to Capitol Hill?

    Trump's visit was intended to rally Republicans around him and solidify his position as the party's leader. It was seen as a way to unify the party and prepare for the upcoming elections.

  • What are some of the key concerns of older voters in the 2024 election?

    Older voters are concerned about the economy, social security, Medicare, and reproductive rights. They are also concerned about the direction of the country and the world their children and grandchildren will inherit.

  • How does the Trump campaign plan to court older voters?

    The Trump campaign is focusing on economic issues, arguing that Trump is the best candidate to address concerns about inflation and the cost of living. They are also highlighting Trump's record on prescription drug prices.

  • What is the significance of Jerry West's legacy?

    Jerry West is considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time. His iconic silhouette is used as the NBA logo, though the NBA has never officially confirmed this. West's legacy is a testament to his exceptional skills and his impact on the sport.

  • What was the main message of Roger Federer's commencement speech at Dartmouth College?

    Federer's speech focused on the importance of embracing failure and learning from setbacks. He emphasized that even the most successful people experience losses and that it is essential to develop resilience and a positive mindset.

Show Notes

Donald Trump returned to Capitol Hill for the first time since his supporters disrupted the peaceful transfer of power on Jan. 6, 2021. The event was a clear demonstration of how the party has coalesced entirely behind him.

And voters over 50 are an essential part of both candidates' strategies. We traveled to Florida to speak with them about the issues they care about most.

This episode: White House correspondent Asma Khalid, campaign correspondent Franco Ordoñez, congressional correspondent Deirdre Walsh, and national political correspondent Don Gonyea.

The podcast is produced by Jeongyoon Han, Casey Morell and Kelli Wessinger. Our intern is Bria Suggs. Our editor is Eric McDaniel. Our executive producer is Muthoni Muturi.

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Weekly Roundup: Trump on the Hill, older voters in Florida

Weekly Roundup: Trump on the Hill, older voters in Florida