Former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign heads south on Tuesday, with the former vice president stumping in Georgia as his former boss, President Barack Obama, accused President Donald Trump of whining at an Orlando, Florida, rally.
Southern states are just a few of the battleground areas the two sides are fighting for with exactly one week until Election Day Nov. 3. Trump has been on a Rust Belt swing as of late, with a focus on Pennsylvania, where Biden also visited yesterday. Trump campaigns in Michigan and Wisconsin today before heading to Nebraska.
Sen. Kamala Harris campaigns in Reno, Nevada, and Las Vegas Tuesday while Vice President Mike Pence gives speeches in South Carolina and North Carolina.
Trump and Republicans completed their sprint to get Amy Coney Barrett on the Supreme Court before Election Day. Barrett was confirmed in a narrow Senate vote Monday evening and then sworn in shortly after at the White House by Justice Clarence Thomas. She’ll take the judicial oath on Tuesday, allowing her to begin work on the court.
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Obama to Trump: ‘You shouldn’t brag that some of our greatest adversaries want you in office’
Former President Barack Obama rallied voters again in Florida with an acid mixture of criticism and ridicule of Trump’s administration.
“Our current president, he whines that ’60 Minutes’ is too tough,” Obama said of Trump’s interview that was broadcast Sunday. “You think he’s gonna stand up to dictators? He thinks Lesley Stahl is a bully.”
Obama’s appearance in Orlando for Biden followed campaign visits Saturday to Miami and Wednesday to Philadelphia. Florida is a swing state that Trump won in 2016, and the corridor along Interstate 4 between Orlando and Tampa is the most fought-over part of the state.
OBAMA BLASTS TRUMP: Trump only out to benefit himself, Obama says in Philly
Obama made many of the same points criticizing Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting economic collapse. But his sharpest commentary landed as humor, such as when Trump complains about the amount of news coverage about the number of deaths and cases of COVID-19.
“He’s jealous of COVID’s media coverage!” Obama said. “If he had been focused on COVID from the beginning, cases would not be reaching new record highs.”
Obama, the first Black president, also ridiculed Trump’s comment in the Thursday debate that he was the best president for Blacks since Abraham Lincoln, which drew boos from the crowd in 273 cars for the drive-in event.
“His son-in-law says Black folks have to want…
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