Joe Biden 2020 presidential campaign

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Biden wins Georgia recount by 12,284 votes

Georgia has finished its statewide audit of the presidential race, confirming that US President-elect Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump. The final results show that Biden beat Trump by 12,284 votes.

"Georgia's historic first statewide audit reaffirmed that the state's new secure paper ballot voting system accurately counted and reported results," Georgia's Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger (R) said in a statement. "This is a credit to the hard work of our county and local elections officials who moved quickly to undertake and complete such a momentous task in a short period of time."

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Biden speaks from Delaware, says "I am here to report when the count is finished, we believe we will be the winners"
Biden speaks from Delaware, says "I am here to report when the count is finished, we believe we will be the winners"
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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is speaking from the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware where he also accepted the Democratic nomination in August. According to new reports, Biden has won Michigan.

"More Americans voted this election than ever before in American history. Over 150 million people cast their votes. I think that is just extraordinary. And if we had any doubts, we shouldn't have any longer about a government of, by and for the people. It is very much alive, very much alive in America," so Biden. "Now after a long night of counting, it's clear that we are winning enough states to reach 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency. I'm not here to declare that we have won, but I am here to report when the count is finished, we believe we will be the winners."

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Michelle Obama tweets support for Joe Biden, urges Americans to vote
Michelle Obama tweets support for Joe Biden, urges Americans to vote
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Former first lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday urged Americans to vote on Twitter, writing "It’s time to vote, everybody! Polls are now open in many states. What time are you voting? Who are you bringing with you? #ElectionDay."

An hour earlier, Obama again voiced her support for Democratic nominee Joe Biden: "I know Joe. He has lived his life guided by values and principles that mirror ones that most Americans can recognize. He understands the struggles of everyday folks. Vote today for the future you want to see for our country. Vote for @JoeBiden."

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Final presidential debate: Biden criticises Trump's handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, Trump blames China
Video still of Thursday's finale presidential debate
Video still of Thursday's finale presidential debate Credit: C-SPAN, Video Screenshot via YouTube

During the final presidential debate on Thursday, Democratic nominee Joe Biden criticises President Donald Trump's handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, alleging there was a "dark winter" ahead and Trump had "no clear plan."

"I don’t think we’re going to have a dark winter at all — we’re opening up our country," Trump responded. "We're learning to live with it. We have no choice. We can’t lock ourselves up in a basement like Joe does."

"He says ‘we're learning to live with it.’ People are learning to die with it," Biden countered. "Anyone who’s responsible for that many deaths should not remain as president of the United States of America."

Even though the president, for the first time, said he took full responsibility for the impact of the virus, he quickly blamed China, saying "It’s not my fault that it came here — it’s China’s fault."

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Final presidential debate: Candidates discuss New York, economy, foreign interference in US elections and health care
Video still of Thursday's finale presidential debate
Video still of Thursday's finale presidential debate Credit: C-SPAN, Video Screenshot via YouTube

During Thursday's final presidential debate, moderated by Kristen Welker of NBC News, Democratic nominee Joe Biden and President Donald Trump were asked questions regarding the current state of the US economy, the effect of Covid-19 on New York, foreign interference in US elections and health care. The candidates’ microphones were muted at times while the other was speaking.

Biden insisted that "people deserve to have affordable health care" which would be provided by Bidencare. Trump has said again he would replace Obamacare but didn't give any further information.-

Trump stated he knew all about foreign interference in US elections but alleged it was a ploy to undermine his candidacy. Biden promised that "they will pay a price if I’m elected" as they were interfering with American sovereignty, referring to China, Russia and Iran.

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Obama returns to campaign trail for Biden, says the US can't "afford four more years of this"
Obama returns to campaign trail for Biden, says the US can't "afford four more years of this"
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Barack Obama condemned President Donald Trump in a speech on Wednesday at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, urging Americans to vote for Democratic nominee Joe Biden as "the next 13 days will matter for decades to come."

"Philadelphia, we got 13 days — 13 days until the most important election of our lifetimes. And you don't have to wait for Nov. 3 to cast your ballot," Obama said.

"Donald Trump isn't suddenly going to protect all of us. He can't even take the basic steps to protect himself," he added. "Here's the truth. I want to be honest here. This pandemic would have been challenging for any president. But this idea that somehow this White House has done anything but completely screw this up is just not true."

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USA Today endorses Joe Biden, the newspaper's first presidential endorsement
USA Today endorses Joe Biden, the newspaper's first presidential endorsement
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The editorial board of American newspaper USA Today has published its first presidential endorsement in its history, urging Americans to vote for Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

"In 2016, we broke tradition in urging you not to vote for Trump. Now we're making our first presidential endorsement. We hope it's our last," so the Editorial Board. "We urged readers not to vote for Donald Trump, calling the Republican nominee unfit for office because he lacked the “temperament, knowledge, steadiness and honesty that America needs from its presidents.” We stopped short, however, of an outright endorsement of Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee. This year, the Editorial Board unanimously supports the election of Joe Biden, who offers a shaken nation a harbor of calm and competence."

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Joe Biden's town hall drew 1m more viewers than Trump's

Joe Biden's town hall event on ABC averaged around 13.9 million viewers while President Donald Trump's had around 13 million viewers across three different channels.

"The words of a president matter, no matter whether they’re good, bad or indifferent, they matter. When a president doesn’t wear a mask, or makes fun of folks like me when I was wearing a mask for a long time, then people say it mustn’t be that important," Biden told host George Stephanopoulos on ABC.

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Kamala Harris halts travel after two people linked to the campaign test positive for Covid-19
Kamala Harris
Kamala Harris Credit: Gage Skidmore (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Kamala Harris will halt campaign travel due to two positive Covid-19 cases in people involved in the Biden-Harris presidential campaign. Harris tested negative as recently as Wednesday.

The two cases are a flight crew member and Harris' communications director, Liz Allen.

Campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon said, "Neither of these people have had contact with Vice President Biden, Senator Harris or any other staffers since testing positive or in the 48 hours prior to their positive test results."

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Taylor Swift endorses Joe Biden
Taylor Swift endorses Joe Biden
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Taylor Swift has announced that she will be voting for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

"The change we need most is to elect a president who recognizes that people of color deserve to feel safe and represented, that women deserve the right to choose what happens to their bodies, and that the LGBTQIA+ community deserves to be acknowledged and included," Swift told V Magazine, adding that she believes under Bidenx and Harris, "America has a chance to start the healing process it so desperately needs."

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US Elections: Pence and Harris debate to be held on October 8, 1am GMT
US Elections: Pence and Harris debate to be held on October 8, 1am GMT
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Vice President Mike Pence will debate Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris on October 8 at 1am GMT. Pence has tested negative for Covid-19 in recent days but was in recent contact with various individuals who have since tested positive. Plexiglass barriers will be installed but health experts stated that they are fairly useless with airborne viruses and recommend moving the debate online.

"Those plexiglass barriers are really only going to be effective if the vice president or Kamala Harris are spitting at each other," so Ellie Murray, an epidemiologist at Boston University.

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"National Security Leaders for Biden" publish "open letter to America"
"National Security Leaders for Biden" publish "open letter to America"
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The "Open Letter to America" from the "National Security Leaders for Biden" has been signed by "489 retired Generals, Admirals, Senior Noncommissioned Officers, Ambassadors and Senior Civilian National Security Officials" who are endorsing Joe Biden for president.

Signatories include retired General Paul Selva, Trump's former senior military advisor, former Army Vice Chief of Staff Peter Chiarelli and former State Department Deputy Secretary Richard Armitage (R).

"Thanks to his disdainful attitude and his failures, our allies no longer trust or respect us, and our enemies no longer fear us. Climate change continues unabated, as does North Korea's nuclear program. The president has ceded influence to a Russian adversary who puts bounties on the heads of American military personnel, and his trade war against China has only harmed America's farmers and manufacturers," the letter reads. "We the undersigned endorse Joe Biden to be the next President of the United States. He is the leader our nation needs."

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Cindy McCain endorses Joe Biden
Cindy McCain endorses Joe Biden
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Cindy McCain, the widow of the late Republican Senator John McCain, endorses Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

"My husband John lived by a code: country first. We are Republicans, yes, but Americans foremost. There's only one candidate in this race who stands up for our values as a nation, and that is @JoeBiden," Ms McCain tweeted Tuesday. "Joe and I don't always agree on the issues, and I know he and John certainly had some passionate arguments, but he is a good and honest man. He will lead us with dignity," she added.

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Biden says intelligence community doesn't trust Trump as he has "no conception" of national security
Screenshot of CNN's interview with Joe Biden
Screenshot of CNN's interview with Joe Biden Credit: CNN (Screenshot)

During an interview with CNN, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden told Jake Tapper that President Donald Trump "seems to have no conception of what constitutes national security". This statement refers to Trump telling Bob Woodward about existence of a classified nuclear weapons system.

"You wonder why people in the intelligence community wondered from the very beginning whether you could share data with him, 'cause they don't trust him. They don't trust what he'll say or do," so Biden to Tapper. "He seems to have no conception of what constitutes national security, no conception of anything other than, what can he do to promote himself?"

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Kamala Harris met with Jacob Blake in Wisconsin
Kamala Harris at the 2019 National Forum on Wages and Working People
Kamala Harris at the 2019 National Forum on Wages and Working People Credit: Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

During her first solo and in-person campaign trip as Democratic vice presidential nominee, Kamala Harris met with Jacob Blake's family and legal team in Wisconsin on Monday, while Blake himself joined the meeting by phone. Harris voiced her support and express her concern for their "well-being and of course for their brother and son's well-being."

"I mean, they're an incredible family. And what they've endured, and they just do it with such dignity and grace. And you know, they're carrying the weight of a lot of voices on their shoulders," so Harris.