2020 Election Live Updates: Biden Pitches to Seniors in Florida and Trump Repeats Attacks on Biden’s Fitness in Pennsylvania
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PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. — Joseph R. Biden Jr. turned his attention on Tuesday to older Americans, making a case in South Florida that seniors were paying the price for the president’s poor handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
“The only senior that Donald Trump cares about — the only senior — is senior Donald Trump,” Mr. Biden said in a speech at a community center in Pembroke Pines, a city in the vote-rich Democratic stronghold of Broward County.
Older people are a crucial voting bloc in Florida, a haven for retirees, and they were an important part of President Trump’s winning coalition in 2016 across the nation’s battleground states. But waning support from seniors now poses a serious threat to the president’s re-election bid, and Mr. Biden’s pitch to them on Tuesday was his latest attempt to maximize his standing with those voters.
Mr. Biden, who wore a mask during his speech, offered an unsparing critique of Mr. Trump’s management of the nation’s monthslong public health crisis, assailing the president over his response to the virus as well as his own behavior.
“I prayed for his recovery when he got Covid, and I had hoped at least he’d come out of it somewhat chastened,” Mr. Biden said. “But what has he done? He’s just doubled down on the misinformation he did before.”
He went on to say that Mr. Trump’s “reckless personal conduct since his diagnosis is unconscionable.”
“The longer Donald Trump is president, the more reckless he seems to get,” Mr. Biden said. “Thank God we only have three weeks left to go.”
And he alluded to the Rose Garden ceremony held at the White House last month for Mr. Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Some of those in attendance, including Mr. Trump and the first lady, later tested positive for the virus.
“While he throws super-spreader parties at the White House where Republicans hug each other without concern of the consequences, how many of you have been unable to hug your grandkids in the last seven months?” Mr. Biden said.
He told the crowd that two of his grandchildren lived near his Delaware home, adding that he bribed them during socially-distanced visits with Häagen-Dazs bars. “I can’t hug them,” he said. “I can’t embrace them. And I’m luckier than most, because they’re nearby.”
Patricia Mazzei reported from Pembroke Pines, and Thomas Kaplan from Washington.
WASHINGTON — With just three weeks until Election Day, and President Trump on the defensive in every major battleground state, the president’s top aides know they must change the trajectory of the race.
So as Mr. Trump returns to the campaign trail this week for the first time since he was hospitalized for his coronavirus infection, his advisers are sending him out with a teleprompter in hopes he’ll drive a more coherent message against his Democratic opponent, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. And on Tuesday, in a more pointed effort to nudge Mr. Trump toward his script, the president’s campaign also included speech excerpts they said he would deliver upon landing in Johnstown, Pa., about 70 miles east of Pittsburgh.
Mr. Trump did deliver some of the remarks.
Attempting to revive his 2016 coalition in a part of Pennsylvania where he needs to run up his margins, the president scorned Mr. Biden as “a servant of the radical globalists” who “shipped away your jobs, shut down your factories, and, you know it because you really suffered right in this area, threw open your borders, and ravaged our cities.”
Yet even as he dutifully delivered most of his speech, the president made clear he had other issues on his mind besides the populist message that he was dispatched to give in Johnstown. Namely, how embarrassing it would be to lose to an opponent he has repeatedly sought to portray as being senile.
“I’m running against the single worst candidate in the history of presidential politics and you know what that does, that puts more pressure on me,” Mr. Trump said. “Can you imagine if you lose to a guy like this, it’s unbelievable.”
Mr. Biden, said Mr. Trump, is “shot, folks, he’s shot.”
Trailing by double-digits in national surveys and by similarly daunting margins in critical states, like Pennsylvania, the president who predicted the country would “get tired of winning” seemed obsessed with losing.
“He has no idea what he’s saying,” Mr. Trump said, returning to Mr. Biden’s mental health. “How the hell do you lose to a guy like this, is this possible? Oh, I’ll never come to Pennsylvania again.”
News Source : NY Times