Donald Trump halts TV advertising as he struggles in polls against

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Since Joe Biden became the presumptive Democratic nominee for president in April, the Trump campaign has spent $72 million in television advertising attacking the former vice president, with ads that veered rapidly on topics ranging from China to Biden’s age to policing policies. None significantly slowed Biden’s rising poll numbers.On Tuesday, the messaging behemoth that has been the Trump campaign ground to a halt, as it temporarily suspended all television advertising nationwide in order to review its strategy under its new campaign manager, Bill Stepien.While the pause will likely be short-lived — in a tweet Friday afternoon, the president said that they would be launching “a new ad campaign” Monday — the sudden decision is yet another sign that the campaign is reckoning with a yawning deficit in battleground state polling and an inability to find a defining message against Biden.President Donald Trump on Friday made the decision to resume television ads on Monday after a phone conversation with Stepien and Jason Miller, a senior strategist on the campaign, to discuss their review. The first ad, seeking to define Biden as both a failure and a tool of the extreme left, was part of a national ad buy. …

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