Trump, Biden go on offensive in states they’re trying to flip; ‘Our house is on fire’: Suburban women lead a Trump revolt
With two weeks until the U.S. election and a last debate set for this Thursday, the candidates are firmly on that final stretch now, come what may.
President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden have been on the offensive, campaigning in states they’re trying to flip from red to blue or blue to red for the Nov. 3 election.
Trump was in Nevada, making a rare visit to church before an evening rally in Carson City. The state was once considered a battleground, but it hasn’t swung for a Republican presidential contender since 2004. He will hold rallies in Arizona today.
Biden attended Mass in Delaware before flying to North Carolina. A Democratic presidential candidate hasn’t won that state since Barack Obama did in 2008.
Trump warned that a Biden victory would lead to further coronavirus lockdowns and appeared to mock Biden for saying he would listen to scientists: “He’ll listen to the scientists. If I listened totally to the scientists, we would right now have a country that would be in a massive depression.”
Biden, for his part, noted that Trump said at one of his rallies that the country had turned the corner on the pandemic. “As my grandfather would say, this guy’s gone around the bend if he thinks we’ve turned the corner. Turning the corner? Things are getting worse.”
Pushing 2016 Sequel? Trump’s attempts to recycle attacks he used on Hillary Clinton in 2016 have so far failed to damage Biden. And Trump has found himself dwelling more and more in the conservative media echo chamber, talking to an increasingly smaller portion of the electorate. Fueled by personal grievance, he has tried to amplify stories that diehard Fox News viewers know by heart but have not broken through to a broader public consumed with the sole issue that has defined the campaign, how the president has managed the pandemic, Jonathan Lemire and Jill Colvin report.
VIDEO: Biden campaigns in North Carolina.
VIDEO: Trump speaks as he arrives for Nevada rally.
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America Disrupted: For many suburban women, the past four years have marked a political awakening that has powered women’s marches, the #MeToo movement and the victories of record numbers of female candidates. That energy has helped create the widest political gender gap in recent history. And it has started to show up in early voting as women are casting their ballots earlier than men.
In Michigan, women have cast nearly 56% of the early vote so far, and 68% of those were Democrats, according to the voting data firm L2. That could mean trouble for Trump. One woman, who started a group called Fems for Dems in 2016, is campaigning hard in the Detroit suburbs: “Our house is on fire,” she says. Clare Galofaro has the latest in AP’s America Disrupted series.
VIDEO: Suburban women may hold White House key.
The Undecideds: Four years ago, on-the-fence voters’ late decisions to support Trump helped push him to victory. While there are fewer undecided voters this time around, a small but potentially significant group say they remain truly unsure how to vote. Some are still wrestling with what they see as a choice between two unappetizing candidates. Many are turned off by Trump’s personality and by Biden’s policies. Jill Colvin and Aamer Madhani have that story.
Black Police: Law enforcement unions nationwide have largely supported Trump’s reelection, amid mass demonstrations over police brutality and accusations of systemic racism. But a number of Black police officers are speaking out against those endorsements, saying their concerns were ignored, Claudia Lauer reports.
Puerto Rico: The Trump and Biden campaigns are rallying in a place where U.S. citizens cannot cast ballots but have the ear of hundreds of thousands of potential voters in the battleground state of Florida. They are targeting Puerto Rico in a way never before seen, with the U.S. territory finding itself in the crosshairs of a high-stakes race, Danica Coto and Adriana Gomez Licon report.