World Trump calls for investigation of Biden, heads to key battleground
If We Don't Win in Pennsylvania, 'We Are So Screwed,' Biden Insider Says
With less than a month to go until Election Day, both presidential campaigns are amping up efforts in what appears to be the most important battleground state. Newsweek takes an inside look at the strategies of both candidates—and the impact of legal challenges on the voting process.What convinced "Basement Biden," as Trump mockingly refers to his opponent, to so dramatically reverse course—ironically, just before the president was forced by his COVID-19 diagnosis to pull back from the campaign trail?
President Donald Trump called Tuesday on the US attorney general to investigate his "criminal" Democratic opponent Joe Biden, as he headed to a rally in the key state of Pennsylvania two weeks before election day.
Polls show Trump down or in a tight contest in most of the swing states that decide presidential races, but he believes a combination of frenetic campaigning and scorched earth personal attacks on Biden are giving him new momentum.
What was Hunter Biden doing in Ukraine?
What is the background to the claims made by President Trump about Ukraine and the Bidens?The issue has resurfaced following a New York Post article focused on an alleged email in which an adviser from a Ukrainian energy company apparently thanked Hunter Biden for inviting him to meet his father.
"Things are changing fast," Trump told the Fox & Friends program Tuesday, claiming that his own polling showed Biden is "imploding."
There is little visible evidence that the Democrat is really waning with 14 days until before November 3 and ahead of Thursday's final presidential televised debate.
However, just over two weeks ago Trump was in hospital with Covid-19 and Biden had the field to himself, hammering home his central message that the Republican president has failed the country on managing the coronavirus pandemic.
This week, it's Biden who has all but disappeared from the campaign trail, apparently to prepare for the debate -- with his team informing reporters at 9:30 am Tuesday that he had no more in-person events scheduled for the day.
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In his absence, Trump is flooding the zone with an intense pursuit of a murky story painting Biden as corrupt, and staging nightly rallies, including Tuesday night's event where he will be accompanied by his wife Melania in Erie, Pennsylvania -- a crucial battleground.
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Trump is the subject of multiple accusations of sexual assault, financial improprieties, and also is the first president to run for reelection after being impeached.
Video: David Wasserman explains why one county could be an early indicator of Trump's election night fortunes (MSNBC)
However, he won in 2016 in part thanks to the success of a last minute push to sow doubt about the honesty of his opponent Hillary Clinton and he has dusted off that playbook again now.
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This time, the attack centers on a conspiracy theory about the Biden family's business activities. Crowds at Trump's rallies have even repurposed the old anti-Clinton chant of 2016 for Biden, shouting "lock him up."
According to Trump, Biden's personally troubled son Hunter sold access to his father in Ukraine and China when he was vice president to Barack Obama.
The narrative has been given new life on the eve of the election with the release of a story in the Trump-friendly New York Post, based on information supplied by Trump allies, regarding the supposed discovery of incriminating information on a laptop belonging to Hunter Biden.
Trump took his tactics a step further Tuesday when he not only called Joe Biden "a criminal" but demanded on Fox News that the attorney general, Bill Barr, "act and act fast."
"This has to be known about before the election," Trump said.
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According to a new poll from The New York Times/Siena College, Biden has a nine-point lead nationally. Although this reflects the consensus of polls, there are outliers, including IBD/TIPP which accurately predicted the 2016 shock result and sees a much tighter race now, with Biden only 2.3 points ahead.
4 winners and 5 losers from the last Biden-Trump debate
Joe Biden was a winner — as was moderator Kristen Welker.The first debate was a chaotic disaster thanks to Trump’s constant interruptions; the second one didn’t happen because Trump refused to agree to debate virtually while he had Covid-19 (they had dueling town halls instead). This time around, better moderation and the handy use of a mute button allowed both candidates to express their thoughts — leading to a mix of actual substantive policy exchanges and less-than-coherent mudslinging about families and personal finance.
Pennsylvania is one of the half dozen states that Trump more or less has to win to hold on to the presidency. Polls show Biden ahead, though a Reuters/Ipsos poll this week showed the gap narrowing slightly.
Trump's choice of Erie matters because this was long a Democratic bastion and he won there in 2016, highlighting his ability to turn the white, non-college educated, working class vote to his populist rhetoric.
It's also significant that he will be accompanied by the first lady, who rarely campaigns, but may be seen as helping him with the women's vote -- an area where polls show Trump in serious trouble.
While Biden continues to try and focus on Trump's handling of the pandemic -- depicting him as an irresponsible leader who panicked -- the president is milking frustration in places like Pennsylvania with the economic impact of shutdowns and social distancing.
"We will never shut down" again, Trump promised Tuesday -- a message he will likely repeat loudly at the rally.
Catholic Guilt .
The former vice president is using his Scranton bona fides to win over a key voting bloc.Selling America on this Irish Catholic Lake Wobegon—a place where family comes first, everyone’s middle class, and all of the kids learn the same basic values from the wise nuns around the corner—is how Biden hopes to win the 2020 election.Toss-up states such as Wisconsin and Pennsylvania are roughly one-quarter Catholic, and many of these Catholics are white voters who abandoned their longtime affiliation with the Democratic Party to support Donald Trump in 2016.