Biden hits new battleground, Trump blitzes Midwest

Biden hits new battleground, Trump blitzes Midwest
Mr Trump lags behind with a week to go, according to opinion polls. Source: BBC
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Daily US Times: Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential candidate, blasted President Donald Trump on Tuesday as a conman during a campaign foray into traditionally Republican territory. On Tuesday, Biden rallied in new battleground while the president campaigned in Midwest

Mr Biden said at a campaign rally in Georgia that Mr Trump’s handling of coronavirus amounted to a “capitulation”.

Republican President Donald Trump kept blitzing the swing states that he won in 2016, warning in Michigan that its “economic survival” was on the line if Mr Biden won.

Mr Trump lags behind with a week to go, according to opinion polls.

But the race is tighter in critical battleground states such as Florida, North Carolina and Arizona.

More than 69 million people have already voted early by post or in person, which is a new record driven mainly by the coronavirus pandemic.

What did Trump say?

Mr Trump held rallies in Nebraska and two states he snatched from Democrats in 2016: Wisconsin and Michigan.

In Lansing, Michigan’s capital, President Trump warned: “This election is a matter of economic survival for Michigan.”

And he told suburban women, a demographic that many opinion polls suggest Mr Trump is struggling to win over: “Your husbands, they want to get back to work, right? We’re getting your husbands back to work.”

Before leaving the White House, President Trump renewed his criticism of postal ballots – more than 46 million of which have been cast so far.

The record number of mail-in votes, which could take days or weeks to count, means a winner is not certain to be known on election night next week.

Before heading to the Midwest. Mr Trump told reporters: “It would be very, very proper and very nice if a winner were declared on November 3, instead of counting ballots for two weeks, which is totally inappropriate.”

What did Biden say?

In a trip to Warm Springs, Georgia, on the same day, Mr Biden vowed to be “a president who doesn’t divide us, but unites us” and someone who could “heal this nation”.

Since 1992, Georgia has not voted for a Democrat for president, but opinion polls suggest the Democrat is statistically tied with Mr Trump in the southern state.

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