Energy is unlikely to be a major national issue in the 2020 presidential election campaigns unless President Donald Trump chooses to attack his Democratic opponents over their support of some elements of the Green New Deal, renowned political strategist Karl Rove said during his Summer NAPE keynote address on Aug. 12.

The president could leverage the positions of former Vice President Joe Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, to his advantage “if he tries to make those an issue of the economy, saying what they intend to do on energy, on climate, will affect the size of your utility bill, the quality of American jobs and quantity of American jobs, and affect America’s role as [an] energy leader in the world,” Rove said.

But he added a caveat: “Only if the Trump campaign—in a disciplined, directed, personal fashion—makes this an issue will energy be a part of the stage.”

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