FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) – Returning to a corner and facing financial difficulties, President Donald Trump followed his opponent’s family and defended his own struggle to prevent the pandemic on Friday as he fought to boost his sinking bid again. selection in the Sunbelt of the country. On Election Day approaching, Democrat Joe Biden pushed to keep voters focused on health care in the Midwest.
Trump is campaigning in Florida and Georgia, neighboring states he brought in four years ago and should win again to expand his presidency. His decision to designate Friday night̵7;s prime-time slot specifically highlighted the serious nature of his challenge during the closing days of the tournament in 2020: Far from his original plan to expand to states that leaning on the Democrat, he is trying to avoid losing the main proportion.
No Republican presidential candidate has been lost in Georgia since George HW Bush in 1992. And earlier this week, Trump had to judge voters in Iowa, a state he brought with nearly 10 points four years ago.
In Florida on Friday, the president mocked Bidens as “an organized crime family,” altering his day-to-day claims about the candidate’s son, Hunter, and business dealings in Ukraine. and China.
More than just the point for Trump’s audience in Florida, he spoke directly to seniors who are increasingly let loose in his handling of the pandemic.
“I am moving heaven and earth to protect our seniors from the Chinese virus,” Trump said, using his usual term changing offense to describe the coronavirus. He also offered an optimistic analysis of the pandemic, despite the influx of new infections spread across America.
“We are prevailing,” the president said, promising to deliver the first dose of a vaccine to seniors when it is ready.
Despite the harsh talk, Trump’s actions on the ground in Florida emphasized the conflicting message his administration was sending throughout the pandemic. All of the president’s security personnel and support staff wore masks when Air Force One touched, but Trump and Florida Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis were naked.
People gathered at the president’s subsequent events, many without masks.
It was just the opposite when Biden opened his swing in Michigan in a suburban downtown Detroit. According to his usual protocols, Biden and all the participants wore masks throughout the event, unless they spoke, and a small majority of dozens of reporters and supporters watched from the folding chairs separated by circles to ensure social distance.
“He lives in a dream world,” Biden said of Trump’s pink predictions of the pandemic. The former vice president turned to the Trump administration’s court to overturn the “Obamacare” health coverage law – with its protection for people with pre-existing conditions – without having a replacement plan.
“Fixing the pandemic is not enough for Trump,” Biden charged. “Besides he is still trying to get rid of your health care.”
Meanwhile, the president’s campaign has released new figures suggesting he is likely the first incumbent president to face a financial crisis in modern times.
Trump’s campaign, along with the Republican National Committee and related groups, raised $ 247.8 million in September, short of the $ 383 million raised by Biden and the National Democratic Committee. To open October, Trump’s official effort is worth $ 251.4 million in the bank, according to a campaign spokesman, compared to $ 432 million for Biden.
The president is looking for momentum in the campaign over a day after he and Biden squared on dueling on television in town halls that showed spectacular variations in behavior, views on race justice and approach to the pandemic.
On NBC, Trump is defending his administration’s handling of the coronavirus, which reached more than 217,000 lives in the United States, and avoided being forced to take the necessary test on COVID-19 before his first debate with Biden. Angry and hostile, Trump refused to denounce the QAnon conspiracy group – and this was just a testament to white supremacists.
The Republican president also appeared to acknowledge revelations from a recent report in the New York Times that he was in debt and left open the possibility that some of it was in debt to a foreign bank. But he insisted he would not borrow any money from Russia or any “obscene man” and suggested that the $ 400 million debt was a “very small percentage” compared to his overall assets.
Speaking in Florida on Friday, Trump sarcastically called the NBC event “a pleasant night” and jabbed moderator Savannah Guthrie for “completely insane.”
On ABC, Biden suggested he would offer clarity on his position in the Supreme Court extension if Trump’s nominee on the bench sits before Election Day. And just as he did on Friday in Michigan, he denounced the White House handling the virus, declaring that the Trump administration was guilty of closing a pandemic response office set up by the Obama administration where he served.
“It’s getting worse, as predicted,” Biden told Michigan about the rising number of coronavirus. “The president knew and lied about knowing.”
Ahead of Biden’s appearance in Michigan, his campaign confirmed that both Biden and his running mate, California Sen. Kamala Harris, has been tested negative for coronavirus.
While deciding to defend the land in major states, Trump released a painful new ad on Friday attacking Biden’s racial record. Specifically, the ad seized Biden’s support for a criminal justice law that unequally punished people of color.
“He insulted us, imprisoned us, we should not elect him as president,” the narrator declared.
It is unclear if the attack ad will infiltrate saturated airwaves. Biden and his allies are pushing Trump and his allies to paid advertising more than 2 to 1 until Election Day, according to advertising firm Kantar / CMAG.
People reported from New York. Barrow reported from Detroit. AP writer Kevin Freking in Washington contributed.