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- President Donald Trump said on Friday that Joe Biden's energy plans would result in seniors not having air conditioning in the summer.
- The president made his comment at The Villages, a sprawling central Florida retirement community dominated by Republicans.
- Trump is currently underperforming with seniors relative to his first presidential campaign based on multiple national and swing state polls.
- Trump has been highly critical of Biden's potential energy agenda, accusing the vice president of working against the oil industry.
- Biden has said that it was his desire to move away from subsidizing the fossil fuel industry in the future.
President Donald Trump said on Friday that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's energy plans would result in seniors not having air conditioning in the summer.
Fact check: Biden voted to tax Social Security, wants to reform retirement benefits
As a senator, Joe Biden voted to tax Social Security benefits. As a presidential hopeful, he does not propose taxing property or retirement accounts.The former senator from Delaware was also the deciding vote in raising the Social Security tax rate to up to 85% in 1993, according to the meme.
During a rally at The Villages, a sprawling retirement community in central Florida dominated by conservative voters, Trump expressed how he felt Biden's plans would transform everyday life.
"Biden's plan would mean that America's seniors have no air conditioning during the summer, no heat during the winter, and no electricity during peak hours," he said. "It's true. He wants wind. When the wind doesn't blow, 'Lets watch the president on television tonight, darling'...'I'm sorry we can't, the wind is not blowing tonight.'"
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The appeal comes asfrom Americans over age 65 throughout his reelection campaign, with Biden currently winning over seniors in multiple battleground states.
The week in polls: Trump erases Biden's bounce in Florida, Biden gains in Georgia
In the Senate, a poll found Doug Jones may not be doomed after all. And another found Lindsey Graham's race may not be as tight as believed.They have found Biden still holding a commanding lead nationally (though down slightly from last week) and leading in 10 of 12 swing states. But Trump regained a slight polling average lead in Ohio and ate a big chunk out of Biden's leads in Pennsylvania and Minnesota. Trump also erased Biden's gains in Florida from last week, which some Democrats had hoped signaled their nominee was pulling away in the crucial Sunshine State.
During the final presidential debate this past Thursday, Biden said that he 'would transition from the oil industry,' if elected, which drew immediate blowback from Trump, congressional Republicans, and vulnerable Democratic incumbents in energy-rich states like Oklahoma and New Mexico.
Biden backtracked after the debate, saying that he wanted to transition away from government subsidies for the fossil fuel industry.
"Eventually we're going to have to go to oil, but we're not getting rid of fossil fuels," he said. "We're getting rid of the subsidies for fossil fuels, but we're not getting rid of fossil fuels for a long time."
Biden then stated that the transition from fossil fuels would likely not occur until 2050.
At the rally, Trump continued with his attacks, accusing Biden of wanting to pursue extreme environmental policies, something that the vice president has roundly denied.
Fact-checking Trump's massively dishonest weekend: The President made at least 66 separate false or misleading claims in three days
President Donald Trump's dishonesty is getting worse. © Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images US President Donald Trump gestures during a rally at Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport in Janesville, Wisconsin on October 17, 2020. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images) Trump has been reliably deceptive for his entire presidency, filling his speeches and tweets with lies and other false statements.
"He's been saying no fracking," he said. "He got the [Democratic] nomination and all of a sudden he's [for] fracking. No fossil fuels and no gas-powered cars. Ultimately, let's not have cars. Let's get rid of airplanes."
Democrats and environmental groups have long fumed at what they deem as the Trump administration's hostility to the environment and support of energy interests, from(ANWR) to oil and gas development to in automobiles.
Trump has rolled back 72 environmental regulations since taking office in 2017, with another 27 rules currently slated to be dismantled,.
Majority of voters say Biden won second debate, poll finds .
Sixty-five percent of voters said the candidates were mostly respectful of each other's time, as opposed to 10% who said that after the first debate.Fifty-four percent of voters who watched the Thursday debate said Biden performed the best, while 39% said that Trump did. Eight percent of voters who watched weren’t sure or had no opinion on who did best.