Frank Luntz, a Republican communications specialist and pollster, shrugged of any criticism for assisting the President Joe Biden’s administration with its efforts to improve COVID-19 vaccine outreach and encourage U.S. residents to get the shots.
Luntz invited officials within the White House COVID-19 task force into focus groups and was asked to be a guest on several Biden briefing calls, Andy Slavitt, a senior adviser for the coronavirus pandemic response team until June, told Politico.
This follows Washington Post reporting in May that Biden officials shadowed Luntz’s focus groups comprised of Republicans and Democrats for study and Fox News host Tucker Carlson critiquing the pollster’s “outsized influence” over top Republican officials.
Those moments are of intense interest to public health experts and Biden officials, who silently shadowed a @FrankLuntz focus group last week, listening to Dems and Republicans explain what worked (and hoping to replicate it).
A clip from that session: pic.twitter.com/PM5JsXbEyQ
— Dan Diamond