GOP pollster says Trump won the final debate but Biden ‘won the war’

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GOP pollster says Trump won the final debate but Biden ‘won the war’

PUBLISHED FRI, OCT 23 20207:36 AM EDTUPDATED 30 MIN AGOMatthew J. Belvedere@MATT_BELVEDEREKEY POINTS

  • GOP pollster Frank Luntz told CNBC that President Trump does not have enough time to catch the former vice president.
  • Luntz said that even if the polls are wrong, as they were in 2016 when Trump pulled off an upset victory, it’s “virtually impossible” for the president to win.
  • Luntz said American voters largely prefer Biden’s positive approach over Trump’s forceful but negative tone.

WATCH NOWVIDEO03:56Pollster: Final presidential debate won’t change the trajectory of the election

President Donald Trump won the final debate against Democrat Joe Biden, but that’s not going to be enough to get him reelected, Republican pollster and strategist Frank Luntz told CNBC on Friday.

“You got to give Trump a minor victory because he’ll bring some [undecided] voters home, and it’ll close the race a little bit. But in the end, I think Joe Biden won the war,” Luntz said in a “Squawk Box” interview, predicting that Trump, with 11 days until the Nov. 3 election and more than 47 million votes already cast, does not have enough time to overcome Biden’s national and swing state polling leads.

Luntz said that even if the polls are wrong, as they were in 2016 when Trump pulled off an upset victory over Hillary Clinton, it’s “virtually impossible” for the president to win. Luntz, who predicted Clinton would win then, noted that polls four years ago were only off a few points but Biden’s lead in the 2020 race is wide enough to overcome any margin of error. Luntz also said that pollsters like himself have been much more cautious during this campaign cycle.

Luntz said the candidates’ answers to the final question — what they would say in their inaugural address to the Americans who didn’t vote for them — were indicative of why Biden looks to be unstoppable.

Trump went negative, arguing why Biden would be bad for the country rather than really answering the question. “If he gets in, you will have a depression the likes of which you’ve never seen. Your 401(k)s will go to hell, and it’ll be a very very sad day for this country,” the president said.

Biden went in the opposite direction, saying, “I’m an American president. I represent all of you. Whether you voted for me or against me, I’m going to make sure you’re represented. I’m going to give you hope.”

Luntz said Biden’s positive approach compared with

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