CNN: Harris pick puts renewed focus on Pence, setting up a clash of political, personal opposites

I spoke to CNN‘s Ryan Nobles about the selection of Kamala Harris as Joe Biden’s running mate, and the contrast it sets up with Vice President Pence.

“The optical contrasts are striking, but both are very good in this format,” said Liam Donovan, a former NRSC staffer who now works as a GOP lobbyist. “What strikes me most is that the undercard is going to be the crisp, textbook political debate you’d expect at the president level while the championship bout is going to be a war of rhetorical attrition.”

Read the full piece here.

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MarketWatch: First week of coronavirus aid talks in Congress make no progress

I spoke to Jonathan Nicholson of MarketWatch about ongoing negotiations over the next phase of the congressional covid response, recent progress (or lack thereof), and how this stalemate might be resolved.

Liam Donovan, a principal with Bracewell LLP’s Policy Resolution Group, a Washington-based lobbying and public relations firm, said it’s hard to figure out how a deal gets done quickly.

“It still takes some magical thinking to figure out, working backward, how do they get to a deal,” he said. “If we’re talking a week from now and they somehow got to a deal, was it simply the pressure of taking off? Was it the threat of losing recess time? I don’t quite know.”

But Donovan said Democrats are holding the upper hand now in bargaining because of Republican disunity. That could change though, he said, as the Republican Senate begins finally taking votes on policies. The Senate, on a 47-42 vote Friday, began the procedural process to begin to debate the unemployment add-on.

And while resolving that issue would be major progress, Donovan said he still thinks the liability provisions that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has called a “red line” are an even bigger hurdle.

“That was always going to be the trickiest piece to sort out,” he said.

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CNN: McConnell signal to Republican Senate candidates: Distance from Trump if necessary

I spoke to CNN‘s Mike Warren about what the covid negotiations can tell us about the state of the Senate races.

Liam Donovan, a Republican strategist, said this kind of negotiating by endangered GOP senators in the stimulus bill “tells you everything you need to know” about the state of the election and the expectation that Trump is heading toward defeat.

“Vulnerable members desperately need something to get done while their ambitious colleagues in safe seats are writing off 2020 and thinking about how what they do and say now will look in 2024,” said Donovan.

You can read the full piece here.

I should note that I pushed back on the framing of this story on twitter:

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