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President Trump is rallying supporters in Londonderry, N.H., on Sunday afternoon, before returning to Washington and holding a “Halloween at the White House” event with first lady Melania Trump. Vice President Pence is hitting the campaign trail, as well, even as two of his top aides have tested positive for the coronavirus. Pence will deliver remarks at a rally in Kinston, N.C., on Sunday night.
Former vice president Joe Biden, meanwhile, is hosting a virtual “I Will Vote’ concert, and his running mate, Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), is spending the day in Michigan. Harris will participate in a drive-in church service and canvass kickoff event in Detroit, followed by a meeting with volunteers in Troy and a drive-in rally in Pontiac.
Former New Jersey governor Chris Christie (R) said Sunday that he was “a little bit surprised” that Pence is sticking to his campaign schedule, given that two of his top staff members have tested positive for the coronavirus.
“Everybody’s got to put the health of the people they’re going to be in touch with first,” Christie said during an appearance on ABC News’s “This Week.” “You’ve got to keep yourself away from everybody, and I’m a little bit surprised,” he added.
According to Pence spokesman Devin O’Malley, Pence and second lady Karen Pence tested negative for the virus on Sunday morning. The vice president is expected to head to North Carolina on Sunday to hold a “Make America Great Again” rally.
Christie is a close ally of Trump. But earlier this month, he admitted in a frank statement that he was “wrong” not to wear a mask at a Sept. 26 White House event where the coronavirus spread among several attendees. The former governor tested positive for the virus after attending the event.
Asked on ABC whether Trump should be worried about his reelection prospects given his performance in the polls, Christie said, “Of course he should, and he is. I mean, when he says he’s not, that’s what you do when you’re running for office. You don’t say you’re worried.”
“Certainly the president is the underdog as we sit here this morning, and if he weren’t worried about that, then he wouldn’t be thinking,” Christie added.
In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows offered a stark assessment of the coronavirus pandemic, suggesting that the spread of the virus is a foregone conclusion.
“We’re not going to control the pandemic,” Meadows said. “We are going to control the fact that we get vaccines, therapeutics and other mitigation.”
He compared the virus to the flu and said the administration is making efforts to contain it, even as the Trump campaign faces criticism for holding large campaign rallies while coronavirus cases are on the rise.
“What we need to do is make sure we have the proper mitigation factors, whether it’s therapies, vaccines or treatments, to make sure that people don’t die from this,” Meadows said.
Meadows criticized Biden’s positions on the virus, suggesting that the Democratic nominee would lock down Americans if elected president. Biden has said he would listen to scientists in determining his coronavirus response.
Robert O’Brien, Trump’s national security adviser, echoed Meadows’s comments about the pandemic on Sunday.
“The way to stop this virus is through vaccines and therapeutics,” O’Brien told host Margaret Brennan when asked during an interview on CBS News’s “Face the Nation” whether the White House has given up on trying to control the spread of the virus.
A psychiatrist examining what has happened to America’s soul chooses for his book cover the iconic image from “Planet of the Apes” — a charred, half-buried wreck of the Statue of Liberty.
A minister who believes America is God’s chosen nation decides that a Biden victory would mean doom, a crushing of the nation’s essence.
And a filmmaker whose work has celebrated the raucous mess of American politics concludes that the reelection of Trump would be “the end of democracy.”
One week before Americans choose their path forward, the quadrennial crossroads reeks of despair.
Under Trump, the United States has abandoned international climate and nuclear arms agreements. It has announced its withdrawal from the World Health Organization, questioned the future of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and antagonized stalwart allies like Germany.
America’s past presidents have long promoted democracy, human rights and the rule of law abroad, yet Trump instead has waged an assault on those values at home, where he has weakened institutions, shredded norms and declared without evidence that the upcoming election will be “rigged.”
America’s moral authority also has been undercut by the devastatingly high death toll and wrenching economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, coupled with the racial reckoning that has convulsed the country.
These highlights from Trump’s nearly four years in office read like Vladimir Putin’s wish list. Few countries have benefited more geopolitically from Trump’s time in office than Russia.
The New Hampshire Union Leader, the Granite State’s largest newspaper, has endorsed Biden for president, backing a Democrat for the White House for the first time in more than a century.
In a scathing editorial published Sunday, the newspaper declared that Trump “is not always 100 percent wrong, but he is 100 percent wrong for America.”
“We have watched with the rest of the world as the mantle of the presidency has done very little to change Trump while the country and world have changed significantly,” the editorial reads.
While Biden “is not perfect,” he has proved himself to be “a caring, compassionate and professional public servant.”
“He has repeatedly expressed his desire to be a president for all of America, and we take him at his word,” the editorial reads. “Joe Biden may not be the president we want, but in 2020 he is the president we desperately need. He will be a president to bring people together and right the ship of state.”
A note at the bottom of the piece urges voters to split the ballot and elect “a healthy dose of GOP senators and representatives,” arguing that “it would be a disservice to the country to send [Biden] to the White House without a backstop.”
In 2016, the Union Leader declined to endorse Trump and instead backed Libertarian Gary Johnson. During that year’s GOP primary, Joe McQuaid, the newspaper’s publisher, also likened Trump to the movie character Biff from “Back to the Future.”
On Sunday, McQuaid tweeted that his paper’s last endorsement of a Democrat for president “may have happened in 1912.”
Biden has endured a long and bruising campaign, with repeated attacks on his policies, his family, his mental faculties — and, often, sustained doubts even from those inside his own party.
Democrats spurned him in the early primary season contests and worried throughout the fall in a general election that began with Biden under fire for campaigning mostly from his basement. Party factions feared Biden would fail to shore up the Democratic base or that he had lost a step because of his age. Allies fretted he would stumble in debates with Trump and that his gaffes would give ample material to his tenacious opponent.
But the circumstances of this campaign — a pandemic and an economic collapse costing millions of jobs and making even the still-employed feel vulnerable — have pushed the race in the direction of Biden’s strong suits and against his deficits, shining a bright light on his empathy and sober experience and casting his flaws into the shadows.
In the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll, Democratic nominee Joe Biden leads President Trump, with 54 percent of likely voters favoring him vs. 42 percent for Trump.
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