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This morning with Gordon Deal. Shakes being with us full of an update in just a moment on the mass shooting took place last night at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California. Meanwhile, before the twenty twenty presidential campaign begins in earnest, what have we learned Susan page Washington bureau chief at USA today says for starters it's too late for that. Because the next campaign is well underway in the wake of the recent midterm elections. That's lesson. Number one. Susan explain the first lesson. I thought was that we are not waiting for the twenty twenty presidential election to begin its started. And we saw that threaded through both democratic and Republican sides during this midterm election. President Trump clearly trying out themes going to key states rallying his voters with his reelection in mind, and we saw Democrats also trying out both who messenger might be. And also what? A message might be for Democrats going into the next presidential race. Is it always this early? Like right as the midterms end. I can't even remember anymore. You know, this is been unprecedented. The president filed for reelection on the day. He was inaugurated. He's raised more than a hundred million dollars for his campaign, so far, and he's already started airing TV ads. This is never happened before in the White House for a president to start his reelection campaign. So early I thought it was interesting to one of the points you made there is a new political divide. Explain that. Well, you know, we're familiar with divides by race and gender, but in this election, whether you have a college diploma says a lot about where you're going to vote. White college educated voters traditionally have tended to vote Republican, but they have moved in a big way to the Democratic Party. And that's especially true for white. College educated women. Well, that's that trend is at one. Do you think that will continue to grow or could that possibly be a one off here? How does it? How do you see that? You know, I think it reflects the president's leadership. I think college educated voters in a specially women have been offended by some of his harsh rhetoric. They don't like some of his policies on immigration and other issues, and that has driven them to the to the Democratic Party on the other hand to president has increased Republican support from white men who do not have a college education that is a group that wants was part of the democratic coalition. They've moved in a big way to his side on the GOP speaking with Susan page Washington bureau chief at USA today. She's looking at takeaways from the mid term elections. I think one of the more stunning things to is sort of this. I don't know call it a one eighty, but certainly some sorta turnaround for ObamaCare has been remarkable you remember that after the Affordable Care Act was passed in two thousand nine in two thousand ten in two thousand fourteen they were perhaps the most toxic issue Democrats faced in their midterm election. But that has really changed this time now healthcare and and supporting provisions of the affordable. Character was the number one issue democratic candidates talked about in their TV ads, and it was something that put Republicans on the defensive. So that was that it's really been a big shift since the early days of ObamaCare. Explain the the big money that got tossed around this time, we've never seen money like this. You know, there is more money in this election five point two billion dollars in any previous midterm election. And it comes in two ways we'd have an increase in these big donors who give millions and millions of dollars. But also a surgeon small donors often solicited over the internet that gave for instance, better or work in Texas, his record-breaking fundraising totals in the question is this a one off in a real things subside, what levels of spending that we're more custom to, you know, the experts I talked to you. I thought this is the new reality. This is the new normal to have just huge amounts of money spent on these midterms which obviously makes the campaigning much longer. I think it was somebody in Australia, shot me a note saying, you people are crazy. We limit things to just three weeks here in Australia. You know, it makes it longer and if you're in a state that has some cut some key races. It also means that you cannot escape the TV ads on both sides. Susan Susan page Washington bureau chief at USA today..