Fri, 27 Nov 2020

Trump Travels to Pennsylvania,Biden to Michigan

Voice of America
01 Nov 2020, 05:05 GMT+10

With only three days of campaigning left before Election Day in the United States, President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden were focusing Saturday on battleground states, with Trump visiting Pennsylvania while the former vice president traveled to Michigan.

Biden attended events alongside former President Barack Obama for the first time during the campaign season. The two were visiting the cities of Flint and Detroit on Saturday, the first of two days the campaign will spend in Michigan to garner voter support.

Musician Stevie Wonder was to join Biden and Obama in Detroit to perform at a drive-in rally. Wonder has previously performed at several Democratic events, including for Obama's campaigns in 2008 and 2012 as well as for Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Trump planned four rallies Saturday in cities across Pennsylvania, where he narrowly won in 2016 and where recent polls showed Biden with a slight advantage.

'Great red wave'

Trump's first rally was in Newtown, where he said Democrats were concerned about voters who he predicted would turn states Republican red on election night.

"A great red wave is forming. As sure as you're there and as sure as we're together, that wave is forming and they see it. They see it on all sides, and there is not a thing they can do about it," Trump said.

Trump told reporters Friday that he was undecided about his election night plans. The New York Times had reported that he canceled plans to appear at an event at the Trump International Hotel in Washington.

"We haven't made a determination," Trump said in response to a reporter's question about his whereabouts on election night. Trump said coronavirus restrictions imposed by the local government in Washington, including a ban on gatherings of more than 50 people, would be a factor in the decision.

"You know, Washington, D.C., is shut down. The mayor has shut it down," he said. "So we have a hotel. I don't know if it's shut - if you're allowed to use it or not - but I know the mayor has shut down Washington, D.C. And if that's the case, we'll probably stay here [the White House] or pick another location."

On Friday, Trump and Biden campaigned in the Midwest, with Trump traveling to Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, while Biden held events in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa.

Fight against virus criticized

Biden told supporters at a drive-in rally at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines on Friday that the state had hit daily record numbers of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations this week, and he argued that Trump "has given up" on fighting the virus.

National polls typically show Biden with a lead of 7 or 8 percentage points over Trump, although the margin is about half that in several key battleground states that are likely to determine the outcome in the Electoral College.

According to an average of major polls compiled by the website Real Clear Politics, Biden and Trump are virtually tied in the battleground states of Florida, Arizona and North Carolina, while the president trails the former vice president in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Americans are voting early for Tuesday's presidential election in unprecedented numbers, a product of strong feelings for or against the two main candidates and a desire to avoid large Election Day crowds at polling stations during the pandemic.

More than 90 million people had already voted as of midday Saturday, well above half the overall 2016 vote count of 138.8 million, according to the U.S. Elections Project.

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