Politics Trump, Biden plan dueling appearances in Tampa
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Trump praised Welker in the past, complementing her in January for landing a gig on NBC's "Today" show. "They made a very wise decision," Trump said."She’s always been terrible & unfair, just like most of the Fake News reporters, but I’ll still play the game," Trump tweeted Saturday.
President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden are each planning appearances in Tampa, Fla, on Thursday, a rare crossover of their campaign activities in the final sprint before Election Day.
The Trump campaign announced Wednesday that Trump would headline one of his signature rallies in Tampa on Thursday afternoon. The Biden campaign said earlier this week that the former vice president would travel to Broward County and Tampa on Thursday; additional details have yet to be announced.
Florida is one of several battleground states won by Trump in 2016 where the incumbent president is focusing his energy this week, underscoring the degree to which he is on defense against Biden.
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Polls show a tight race between Trump and Biden in the Sunshine State, with the Real Clear Politics average of polls putting the president with a mere 0.4 percentage point advantage over his Democratic challenger. A Florida Atlantic Universityreleased on Tuesday - one week before Election Day - showed Biden with a 2 percentage point advantage over Trump, a result within the margin of error.
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Trump and Biden have taken starkly different approaches to their campaign events during the pandemic, and their appearances in Tampa are certain to stand in contrast. Trump has continued to hold large rallies with crowds of thousands of people, many of them not wearing masks, despite the pandemic; Biden has opted for events with smaller audiences that allow for social distancing.
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Biden and Trump have seen their paths cross before, with both candidates spending time in different parts of Pennsylvania on Monday.
Florida, like other states, has seen a surge in early voting over previous years, with nearly 6 million voters in the state having already cast their ballots in the 2020 election.
Trump has traveled to Florida, which is also his home state, frequently during his reelection campaign. The president cast his ballot in Palm Beach County over the weekend after headlining a pair of rallies in Florida. Biden has also devoted time to the battleground and has dispatched other surrogates - including former President Obama - to make the case for a Biden presidency to Florida voters.
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Stop and reverse. Restore and expand. Joe Biden is promising to take the country on a very different path from what it has seen over the past four years under President Donald Trump, on issues ranging from the coronavirus and health care to the environment, education and more. The Democratic presidential nominee is promising to reverse Trump policy moves on things such as withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement and weakening protections against environmental pollution.While Trump wants to kill the Affordable Care Act, Biden is proposing to expand “Obamacare” by adding a public option to cover more Americans.