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US News In the News: Biden takes the offensive, Trump is on the defensive

23:25  28 october  2020
23:25  28 october  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

US Presidential: The Trump camp intensifies (again) its attacks against Joe Biden

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Mr. Biden took pains to differentiate between his support for peaceful protests and his opposition to acts of destruction. That is something that we know really resonates with voters in the middle. This sense that Donald Trump will not take on the extreme right.

Democrat Joe Biden says comments by Mr Trump 's chief of staff show the White House has admitted defeat. He added that Mr Meadows' comments showed that the Trump administration had "given up on their basic duty to protect the American people". How is Donald Trump doing in the polls?

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The electoral campaign is entering its home stretch, with meetings that follow one another. Their choice says a lot about the strategy of the two candidates. This is an analysis to read in the Washington Post . Looking closely at the electoral agenda of the two candidates, the newspaper believes that Donald Trump has chosen a defensive strategy. With a few exceptions, it concentrates its meetings in the States which are more or less acquired to it. As if his team had given up on the possibility of expanding the electorate. The Washington Post quotes North Carolina, which the outgoing president has visited seven times since the Republican convention last August. It’s a state that shouldn’t cause him too much trouble, notes a political scientist interviewed by the newspaper.

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While Biden worked to expand the electoral map in the South, President Donald Trump focused on the Democrats’ “blue wall” states that he flipped in 2016 — Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania — and maintained a far busier travel schedule taking him to much more of the country.

For his part, Joe Biden, with his advantage in the polls, chose a more offensive approach. That's why he will travel to Iowa at the weekend, a state his rival won in 2016 with a 10-point lead. This Washington Post analysis is shared by The New York Times, which sums up the two strategies in one sentence: As Joe Biden tries to broaden his support, Donald Trump speaks exclusively to his electoral base.

New evening of protests in Philadelphia

The rally in honor of Walter Wallace Junior, a 27-year-old African-American killed by police last Monday, has started peacefully, writes local newspaper The Inquirer . Police intervened when around 300 people started marching towards a police station, the daily said. The looting then took place in the northern part of the city, a Walmart supermarket was among others targeted.

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Trump is no stranger to going on the offensive , but his fighting approach on stage left his Democratic opponent struggling to complete a sentence during the President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate former-Vice President Joe Biden participate in the first presidential debate.

In particular, Biden was asking Reynolds about his role in providing clearance for a redistricting plan in Louisiana that courts later struck down. Ridiculous defense . Sanders wasn't critiquing racism – he was excusing it in the pursuit of an economic argument. And the use of the N word was gratuitous

The anger of the inhabitants erupted on Monday after the death of young Walter Wallace Junior, shot dead by two police officers in the middle of the street, as evidenced by a video that has since been circulating on social networks. The man with the knife suffered from bipolar disorder, a disability known to police, according to The Inquirer. “What is particularly shocking,” says an African American rights activist, is that everyone saw how Walter Wallace Jr. was killed in front of his mother. Another woman who took part in the protest said she feared her son, also African-American and suffering from bipolar disorder, could also be killed by police. Another participant cautioned against political exploitation of this drama, adding: "Either way, whether it's Biden or other candidates, no one is looking after us."

Cubans soon deprived of Western Union

The American money transfer group will close its offices in Cuba in a month, following new sanctions taken by Washington. The US government has banned Western Union from working with Fincimex, the military-owned Cuban finance company. In a statement published on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Fincimex criticizes the decision which, I quote, underlines "the cynicism, the contempt of the Cuban people and the opportunism of the American government". The sanction will come into force on November 27. Contacted by Cuban news site 14ymedio , one of Western Union's more than 400 branches says it has not yet received any specific instructions and that the office will remain operational until the end of November.

Money sent through Western Union by relatives living abroad is a very important source of income for Cuban families. Several billion dollars thus arrive in Cuba every year, through a system managed by the Cuban authorities. According to an expert speaking on the 14ymedio site, the Cuban government is using some of the money for real estate projects on the island. And Emilio Morales of Havana Consulting Group added: “How do you explain that the military built 57 hotels in two years. Where does the money come from for these investments if tourism generates barely 2.4 billion dollars? ... ".

Trump and Biden launch final sprint in key states .
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