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US Elections 2020 Live Updates: Trump to vote in Florida; Biden campaigns in Pennsylvania

US Election 2020 Live Updates: A day after Trump and Biden sparred over the pandemic, the US Friday reported 84,218 cases of the novel coronavirus, its highest single-day count since July 16.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 24, 2020 1:08:23 pm
Debate, Trump Biden debate, US Presidential debate, presidential debate live stream, debate news, debate live, debate stream, when is the debate, debate 2020, debate coverage, debate start time, TennesseePresident Donald Trump, left, and Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, left, during the second and final presidential debate Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. Seated in the center is moderator Kristen Welker of NBC News (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

US Presidential Elections 2020 Live Updates: US President Donald Trump will cast his vote in Florida on Saturday, joining more than 53 million Americans who have cast early ballots for the November 3 election. Trump will vote in West Palm Beach, near his Mar-a-Lago estate, reported Reuters.

Meanwhile, Democratic nominee Joe Biden is heading to Pennsylvania where he will hold two rallies Saturday. Former president Barack Obama will campaign for Biden in Florida, his second appearance for the Democrats ahead of the election.

In their final debate Friday, President Trump and Biden discussed a host of issues including Covid-19 and the pandemic economy, racism and police brutality, foreign policy, healthcare and climate change. The debate, unlike the previous one, was more disciplined and substantive.

A day after the two rivals sparred over the pandemic, the US Friday reported 84,218 cases of the novel coronavirus, its highest single-day count since July 16, when it detected 77,299 infections. Sixteen US states hit one-day records on Friday, including Ohio, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — five states considered crucial in the upcoming polls.

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Donald Trump votes in Florida; Joe Biden campaigns in Pennsylvania; Barack Obama makes second appearance; US Covid-19 cases hit single-day record. Follow latest news and updates below

13:08 (IST)24 Oct 2020
Under blue Silicon Valley skies, Indian-Americans find no algorithm can help choose between Biden and Trump

In the run-up to what has been perhaps the most divisive elections in American history, Silicon Valley has been at the forefront of discussions among analysts, not only for how social media companies will prevent election chaos, but also how this influential bubble will vote. For Indian-Americans in Silicon Valley, it is really party policies, values and how these ultimately impact work, life and the industry at large, that are driving conversations and shaping political affiliations. Read Neha Banka's report

12:29 (IST)24 Oct 2020
US sets single-day record for Covid-19 cases

A day after the two rivals sparred over the pandemic, the US Friday reported 84,218 cases of the novel coronavirus, its highest single-day count since July 16, when it detected 77,299 infections. Sixteen US states hit one-day records on Friday, including Ohio, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — five states considered crucial in the upcoming polls, reported Reuters.

12:26 (IST)24 Oct 2020
Donald Trump to cast his vote in Florida

US President Donald Trump will cast his vote in Florida on Saturday, joining more than 53 million Americans who have cast early ballots for the November 3 election. Trump will vote in West Palm Beach, near his Mar-a-Lago estate, reported Reuters. "I'm here to vote!" he told supporters at a rally in Pensacola on Friday night, one of two he held in the state.

22:22 (IST)23 Oct 2020
Trump tells Congress of intent to take Sudan off terror list

President Donald Trump said Friday that he has informed Congress of his intent to formally remove Sudan from the US list of state sponsors of terrorism in exchange for the African nation transferring $335 million into an escrow account for American terror victims and their families.

The move would open the door for the African country to get international loans and aid needed to revive its battered economy and rescue the country's transition to democracy.

The announcement, less than two weeks before the US presidential election, also comes as the Trump administration works to get other Arab countries, such as Sudan, to join the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain's recent recognition of Israel. (AP)

22:22 (IST)23 Oct 2020
Biden calls for 'transition' from oil, GOP sees opening

Democrat Joe Biden's remark that he would "transition" away from oil in the US in favour of renewable energy drew quick attention Thursday night from President Donald Trump, who saw it as a boon to his election chances in key states.

"I would transition away from the oil industry, yes," Biden said in the presidential debate's closing minutes under peppering from Trump. "The oil industry pollutes, significantly. It has to be replaced by renewable energy over time."

The Biden campaign's climate plan calls for the US to have net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. And he repeated his pledge to end federal subsidies for the oil and gas industry. (AP)

20:11 (IST)23 Oct 2020
Voters could remove racist phrases from Alabama Constitution

Alabama voters once again have the chance to remove the racist language of Jim Crow from the state's constitution, which was approved in 1901 to enshrine white supremacy as state law.

Courts have long since struck down legalized segregation, but past attempts to strip the offensive phrases have failed.

Even though no organized opposition to the measure has emerged this time, some worry that conservative backlash to the Black Lives Matter movement could quash the proposal, which qualified for the ballot months before the nationwide demonstrations that occurred in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd.

A measure on the Nov. 3 ballot would allow the state to recompile its 119-year-old constitution in a process supporters say would remove a lingering stain from the state's era of racial segregation and the legalized oppression of Black people.

"What we are trying to do with this small measure is to bring the Alabama Constitution into the 21st century and be more reflective of who we are as a state now," said Rep. Merika Coleman, one of the sponsors of the bipartisan legislation. (AP)

18:11 (IST)23 Oct 2020
Trump defends separating kids from families

President Donald Trump has defended his administration's separation of immigrant children who remain away from their families following detentions along the US-Mexico border.

Trump said during Thursday's debate that children are often brought across the border not by families but "by coyotes and lots of bad people."

The American Civil Liberties Union told a judge this week that there were still 545 children separated from their parents from 2018.

Trump said his administration had constructed more than 400 miles of his promised border barrier. He also said, "They built cages," referring to Obama-era facilities depicted in media reports during the separations.

18:01 (IST)23 Oct 2020
Mute button brings civility as Trump, Biden show restraint

The mute button, or at least the threat of it, worked well this time as US President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden showed restraint and civility during the last presidential debate, unlike their first encounter when they frequently spoke over each other, creating chaos at times.

Far from their raucous first meeting in Cleveland, Ohio, that led organisers to introduce the mute button, the second and final 90-minute debate between Trump and Biden at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee on Thursday night was less fury and more urgency.

In the first presidential debate last month, Trump, 74, and Biden, 77, fiercely clashed over a number of issues, including the COVID-19 pandemic, racism, economy and climate, marked by angry interruptions and bitter accusations.

A media report termed the mute button a godsend, saying it also amplified the candidates' differences. (AP)

08:23 (IST)23 Oct 2020
Trump and Biden close last debate ahead of Nov 3 election

This debate, unlike the first one, was disciplined and substantive. However, there were points where the two leaders went off course, only to be brought back by moderator Welker. 

The NYT analyses the debate: "The tone couldn’t have been more different from the first debate. Trump had some strong moments – the crime bill, job creation. Biden was strongest on climate and a vision for his term. Trump was at a loss to discuss the children separated from their parents. Biden sometimes went way off course. In all cases, the absence of interruptions was welcome."

08:18 (IST)23 Oct 2020
Trump, Biden present closing remarks

When asked what he would say at the inaugural address if elected president again, Trump says he would say "we are on the road to success." Meanwhile, Biden, in his closing remarks, reminds voters: "What is on the ballot this year is the character of this country".

08:12 (IST)23 Oct 2020
On climate change, Biden says Trump will lead us to real trouble

Joe Biden says, "Global warming in the next essential threat to humanity. We have a moral obligation. Four more years of this man (Trump), will put us in a position where we will be in real trouble."

08:04 (IST)23 Oct 2020
India is filthy, says Trump while discussing climate change with Biden

On climate change, Trump compares the US to other countries, saying, "Look at China, Russia, India, how filthy it is. The air is filthy." Trump also says he "took us out" of the Paris Accord because it was "so unfair". "We have the cleanest air, the cleanest water and the best carbon emissions," he adds.

07:55 (IST)23 Oct 2020
Biden on Trump: 'He pours fuel on every single racist fire'

Biden responds to Trump on racist: "He pours fuel on every single racist fire... This guy has a dog whistle about as big as a fog horn."

The NYT reports: "The overwhelming majority of Black and Latino men are supporting Biden, but even a small difference on the margin — or even convincing those men not to bother voting at all — could make a difference in battleground states."

07:53 (IST)23 Oct 2020
I'm the least racist person in the room, claims Donald Trump

Welker raises the issue of racism in America. Trump says his first glimpse of the Black Lives Matter protest was of people walking down the street calling the police "pigs". "I thought it was a terrible thing. I think I have great relationships with all people. I am the least racist person in this room," Trump tells Welker. "I am... I can't see the audience, but I am the least racist person in this room."

07:49 (IST)23 Oct 2020
I ran because of you, because you did a bad job: Trump to Biden

Donald Trump tells Biden at this point: "I ran because of you. I ran becuase you did a bad job. If you had done a good job, I would not have run for president." To this, Biden responds, "Our character is on the ballot. Look at us closely."

07:45 (IST)23 Oct 2020
Moderator Kristen Welker praised on social media

NBC News correspondent Kristen Welker is receiving praise on social media for the way she is moderating this debate. "It took a woman of color to give us a functioning debate, who would have thought," one user wrote, while another said, "Kristen Welker redirecting like a boss and keeping these fools on task."

07:39 (IST)23 Oct 2020
US-Mexico border: Who built the cages, Trump asks Biden

Trump questions Biden on the "cages" built at the border. An NYT fact checker finds that it was the Obama administration that built these facilities to hold migrants.

07:37 (IST)23 Oct 2020
Separation of children at border: Biden slams Trump for saying they came with 'coyotes'

Donald Trump and Joe Biden are now discussing a report that appeared yesterday, claiming the parents of 545 children separated at US border with Mexico can’t be found. Immigration has never before been discussed in general-election debates.

"We're working on it. We're trying very hard," says Trump when asked if he had a plan to reunite these children with their parents. Trump claims the kids could have crossed the border in cartels or coyotes. 

Biden retorts that the kids came "with parents" and were separated at the border. "It's not coyotes... they got separated from their parents. That makes us a laughing stock."

07:32 (IST)23 Oct 2020
Trump blames Pelosi for failing to strike a deal for the pandemic economy

NBC News correspondent Kristen Welker brings up the next topic of discussion, the economy. "12 million people are out of work, 8 million have fallen into poverty. Those hit hardest include women and those of colour. What is your plan, she asks the President. Trump blames Nancy Pelosi for failing to pass a stimulus. NYT fact checks this claim: "It's Senate Republicans who are the ones blocking an agreement on a relief bill."

07:22 (IST)23 Oct 2020
On healthcare, Biden says healthcare not a privilege, but a right

On healthcare, Trump says, "We have done an incredible job on healthcare, and we will do even better". The NYT reports: "Trump and the Republicans have repeatedly said that they have an alternate plan for health care, but they have never specified what it is."

Biden, meanwhile, says, "I will pass Obamacare with a public option. Secondly, we will reduce premiums and drug prices. I support private insurance." On concerns over a healthcare system run by the government, Biden says, "Healthcare is not a priviledge, it's a right. This will save lives, give people an opportunity."

Donald trump, Joe Biden, trump calls biden worst candidate, US presidential elections 2020, US polls, world news President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden during the first presidential debate at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo: AP)

President Donald Trump is hopping from one must-win stop on the electoral map to the next in the leadup to a final presidential debate that may be his last, best chance to alter the trajectory of the 2020 campaign.

As Democrat Joe Biden holes up for debate prep in advance of Thursday's faceoff in Nashville, Tennessee, he's hoping for a boost from former President Barack Obama, who will be holding his first in-person campaign event for Biden on Wednesday in Philadelphia.

Obama, who has become increasingly critical of Trump over the three and a half years since he left office, will address a drive-in rally, where supporters will listen to him over the radio inside their cars.

It comes a day after Trump, trailing in polls in many battleground states, stopped in Pennsylvania on Tuesday. Trump was bound for North Carolina on Wednesday as he delivers what his campaign sees as his closing message.

"This is an election between a Trump super recovery and a Biden depression," the president said in Erie, Pennsylvania. "You will have a depression the likes of which you have never seen."

He added: "If you want depression, doom and despair, vote for Sleepy Joe. And boredom."

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