3.set.2020 – Democrat Joe Biden arrives in Kenosha, Wisconsin Image: Getty Images
Washington, Oct 26, 2020 (AFP) – Democratic candidate for president of the United States, Joe Biden, accused yesterday Donald Trump of surrendering to the covid-19, while a new outbreak of the virus affects the team of the head of state, cases are increasing across the country and the republican chief of staff made an uncomfortable recognition.
Nine days before the vote, with more than 225,000 deaths from coronavirus in the United States, the chief of staff of Trump, Mark Meadows, admitted that the White House “will not control the pandemic”.
“This is what we are going to do. We are not going to control the pandemic, we are going to control the fact that we can have vaccines,” Meadows told CNN on Sunday.
Immediately, Biden took advantage of Meadows’ comment and again criticized the government for his management of the pandemic, which on Saturday recorded a new daily record, with almost 90,000 infected in 24 hours.
“It wasn’t a Meadows mistake,” Biden said in a statement. “It was an honest observation of the president’s strategy Trump since the beginning of the crisis: waving the white flag of defeat and hoping that, if ignored, the virus will go away “, he added.
“He didn’t do anything and he won’t do it,” he said.
Biden’s message was made public while millions of Americans, concerned about the prospect of overcrowded polling centers on election day, November 3, and motivated by a vote considered existential by the two candidates, continue to vote early, either face-to-face or by mail.
Nine days before the election, early voting is already higher than in 2016. According to the United States Electoral Project, a study center at the University of Florida, by Sunday, more than 59 million voters had already registered their votes.
Pence maintains campaign agenda
Back in research and with little time, Trump, 74, continued the fast-paced campaign, with stopovers in New Hampshire and Maine yesterday.
Their attempts to minimize the severity of the pandemic or to highlight other issues constantly face bad news about the virus.
Marc Short, team leader for Vice President Mike Pence, as well as other senior government officials, tested positive for covid-19 over the weekend.
“The vice president will continue his travel schedule,” Republican campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh told Fox News.
“[O vice-presidente] takes this issue very seriously (…) the people on his team are in quarantine and he has the best advice from the White House medical unit, “he continued.
In New Hampshire, Trump insisted on diverting attention from the bad news: “We are close, we have the vaccines, we have everything”.
No vaccine has been approved for the virus to date and experts warn that the country could register thousands of deaths in the coming months.
Murtaugh criticized Biden for his mild campaign agenda, saying the Democratic candidate was “feeling the pressure” and “took five or six days off” before the last presidential debate, held on Thursday (22).
“The president Trump accomplished more in 47 months than Joe Biden in 47 years of failure “, criticized Murtaugh.
“We are running an incredibly tough campaign,” Biden’s deputy campaign director, Kate Bedingfield, told the “Meet the Press” program.
“The difference between what we are doing and what Trump what we are doing is that we are doing things safely “, he continued.
Biden, 77, planned for Sunday to participate in a virtual event called “I will vote”.
The United States is the country hardest hit in the world by covid-19, with almost 225,000 deaths from the virus.
Biden maintains a stable advantage of around ten points in national polls and a narrower advantage in contested states like Florida, which usually decide the winner of the United States presidential election.
But both Republicans and Democrats are wary of polls after the surprise of Trump in 2016, when he defeated Hillary Clinton, named as a favorite in virtually all studies.