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The six ways Trump is trying to gain back votes

Yahoo Finance’s Rick Newman joins The Final Round to discuss the six ways Trump is trying to buy last-minute votes from different segments of the population across the United States.

Video Transcript

SEANA SMITH: Let's turn to the election. We're just six days away from November 3, and much of the attention from the two candidates has been on the swing states. It makes sense.

Rick Newman, President Trump has rolled out a number of policies, or orders, I guess you could say, in an effort to really target the swing states and to get more votes. Do you think his efforts are registering with the voters? Do you think it's actually going to move the needle at all?

RICK NEWMAN: He's trying. The one that caught my eye most recently was news that the White House is considering some kind of executive order to express support for fracking. Why could Trump be doing that just a few days before the election? Obviously, to gin up some late, last minute support and perhaps some votes in states that have fracking that happen to be battleground states like Pennsylvania and Ohio and even Texas.

Last week, he said he was going to get pensions restored for some auto workers who lost their pensions going all the way back to 2009, or had their pensions cut, rather. That was during the automotive bailout. Guess where those people tend to be located? Ohio, another swing state.

We know Trump has said he's going to send out these $200 voucher cards to Medicare recipients to help them lower their drug costs. He's out there tweeting and telling everybody at rallies, reminding people that he has given $28 billion to farmers. That is basically bailout money to account for losses they've incurred on account of his tariffs.

And then, of course, he's promising tax cuts for everybody, but only if he gets re-elected. Everybody should know that Trump also promised a new round of tax cuts before-- right before the 2018 midterms, and those did not materialize.

ANDY SERWER: Rick, it sounds like you're suggesting that President Trump's trying to buy votes here. We'll leave that aside. How-- but how-- seriously, how typical or atypical is this? I mean, do presidents do this? I mean--

RICK NEWMAN: Yeah.

ANDY SERWER: Historically.

RICK NEWMAN: Yeah, they do, but I don't think they are quite as blatant as Trump, and that-- it fits with the way Trump operates. But I mean, typically you might see a bigger policy push, let's say, earlier in an election year to maybe have some kind of tax cut or something that can make voters feel good. Or you're sure that if you did something that ended up fattening voters' wallets, you make sure you remind them of it while you're running.

I mean, I don't think it's normal that you've got this sort of laundry list of little things you're saying you'll do if you get re-elected. I'll just give you one other example. So Trump has said-- he's-- you know, he didn't pursue any of these things during most of his first four years. But all of a sudden, in September, he said he backs this program to support and boost Black enterprise zones.

And he actually said at a speech in Georgia, if you vote Republican over the next four years, we will create 3 million jobs for the Black community. So I mean, the way he phrased that makes it sound like, but if you don't vote Republican, you're not getting any jobs. So yeah, I think this is pretty blatant.

SEANA SMITH: Yeah, Rick, I'm happy you brought that up because I wanted to ask you about that, just in terms of if there was a plan beyond what he said to actually create those 3 million jobs that he is promising for the Black community. But we'll get to that another time since we're a little-- running a little bit short on time.