Stuart Baum (MI): ‘The General Election Will Be Won on Turnout’
Stuart Baum (22), a Democrat from Detroit, MI, attended Jewish day school growing up and is currently student government president at Wayne State University. He is an intern at the Michigan state legislature, where he serves as a community liaison, connecting residents’ concerns with legislative priorities. As a member of the LGBTQ community, he would like to see more attention paid to gay rights in the presidential campaign.
Do the impeachment proceedings hurt or improve Trump’s chances for re-election?
I think that they probably hurt his chances for re-election because the hearings will likely wear down his less-secure supporters in the middle. However, I don’t think that they will have a profound effect since they inspire both parties’ bases to turn out.
Do you think it’s possible for Democrats and Republicans to ever agree on the facts around the president’s actions?
As time goes on, I am hopeful that most people on both sides of the aisle will be able to agree on the facts. But, as long as media outlets continue to spread misinformation, achieving that unity will continue to be challenging.
Which Democratic candidate(s) will give Trump the greatest challenge for re-election?
I think that Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders could all galvanize enough of the country to beat Trump. They have wide appeal across different demographics and are inspiring enough to generate the turnout needed to win. I think the general election will be won by turnout more than by converting voters who previously voted for Trump. These candidates appeal to the young voters I know, but also potentially multiple other groups.
Which Democratic candidate(s) do you think will give Trump the best chance for re-election?
I think that Tom Steyer, Tulsi Gabbard, Andrew Yang and Amy Klobuchar would all fail to galvanize enough of the country to turn out for them and beat Trump.