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US Elections 2020 highlights: Biden is corrupt career politician, betrayed Americans for last 47 years, says Trump

US Presidential Election 2020 LIVE news updates: Trump is known to make unsubstantiated allegations against his rival, often making untrue claims. There is no evidence of Biden ever being tainted by corruption.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 1, 2020 9:37:11 am
US Elections 2020: Donald Trump is trailing Joe Biden in most national polls.

US ELECTIONS highlights: US President Donald Trump has accused his rival and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden of being a corrupt career politician who has done nothing but betray the Americans for the last 47 years.

Trump is known to make unsubstantiated allegations against his rival, often making untrue claims. There is no evidence of Biden ever being tainted by corruption. Addressing a rally in Rochster in Minnesota on Friday, Trump, 74, said Biden has obsession for power.

“Biden is a grimy, sleazy and corrupt career politician who has done nothing but betrayed you for 47 long years. He will look you in the eyes, and then turn right around and stab you in the back. The only thing he cares about is political power,” Trump said.

Meanwhile, as part of their last leg of campaigning, President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden focused on seeking support in the vital Midwestern states where Covid-19 once again took centre-stage. Biden highlighted Trump’s constant ignorance and the failure to handle the ongoing pandemic while the president focused on reviving the economy. Trump through his speeches has made it clear that more lockdowns due to coronavirus are not an option anymore.

The focus on Midwestern region is crucial as in 2016, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, three historically democratic states narrowly voted for Trump. As of now, in the national opinion polls by Reuters Biden leads Trump 52% to 42%.

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Trump is trailing Biden in most national polls; More than 70 million people have cast early in-person and mail ballots. Follow this space for the latest updates.

00:26 (IST)01 Nov 2020
US election: Barack Obama to campaign in Georgia on Monday

Barack Obama plans to campaign in Georgia on Monday in an election-eve push to shift the traditionally Republican into the Democratic column.

Obama will be in Atlanta for a rally to boost Joe Biden and the two leading Democratic Senate candidates in the state. Jon Ossoff is challenging GOP Sen. David Perdue, and fellow Democrat Raphael Warnock is running in a special election against Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler.

Georgia hasn't voted for a Democrat in a presidential race since 1992. But the Biden campaign is looking to capitalize on the favourable political environment in the state as the coronavirus pandemic drags down President Donald Trump in typically GOP-leaning states. (Reuters)

23:46 (IST)31 Oct 2020
Early voting in US election tops 90 million

More than 90 million Americans have cast ballots in the US presidential election, according to a tally on Saturday from the US Elections Project at the University of Florida, setting the stage for the highest participation rate in over a century.

The record-breaking pace, about 65% of the total turnout in 2016, reflects intense interest in the vote, in which incumbent Donald Trump, a Republican, is up against Democratic nominee Joe Biden, a former vice president.

Huge numbers of people have voted by mail or at early in-person polling sites amid concerns about exposure to the coronavirus at busy Election Day voting places.

Trump trails Biden in national opinion polls amid criticism of the Trump administration's handling of COVID-19, which has killed nearly 229,000 people in the United States, with numbers of new infections once again breaking daily records as Election Day nears on Tuesday. (Reuters)

22:00 (IST)31 Oct 2020
'Obamacare' sign-ups begin as millions more are uninsured

Millions of Americans who have lost health insurance in an economy shaken by the coronavirus can sign up for taxpayer-subsidized coverage starting Sunday.

It's not a new COVID relief program from the government but the return of annual sign-up season under the Affordable Care Act, better known as "Obamacare." Open enrollment runs through December 15.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which runs HealthCare.gov, says premiums are down slightly on average for 2021 and most people will have at least three insurers from which to pick plans. Lower-income people and even middle-class families may qualify for tax credits that can greatly reduce what they pay monthly for premiums.

But President Donald Trump, unrelenting in his opposition to President Barack Obama's signature domestic programme, is asking the Supreme Court to overturn the entire law. (AP)

21:32 (IST)31 Oct 2020
After year of disruption, America set to choose a path ahead

After a year of deep disruption, America is poised for a presidential election that renders a verdict on the nation's role in the world and the direction of its economy, on its willingness to contain an escalating pandemic and its ability to confront systemic racial inequity.

But the two men on the ballot, President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden, offer more than just differing solutions for the country's most pressing problems. The choice before voters is a referendum on the role of the presidency itself and a test of the sturdiness of democracy, with the president challenging the legitimacy of the outcome even before Election Day and law enforcement agencies braced for the possibility of civil unrest.

"There's more than just your standard ideological difference between the two candidates. There's a fundamentally different view of what the presidency is and what leadership means for the nation," said Jeffrey Engel, director of the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University.

Voters appear to recognize the moment: More than 86 million people have already cast ballots, shattering records for early voting.

19:25 (IST)31 Oct 2020
Expect a lot more of the same if Trump wins a second term

Expect to see a lot more of the same if there's a second Trump administration. President Donald Trump has consistently pointed to tax cuts and regulatory relief as key successes of his first four years in office.

He has repeatedly pushed for the end of the Obama-era health law but has yet to deliver a plan to replace it. And he has spent most of this year defending his response to the coronavirus pandemic while fighting openly with scientists and medical experts about vaccines, treatments and more. If he gets another four years in office, there's no indication of any big policy shift.

19:23 (IST)31 Oct 2020
Joe Biden is corrupt career politician, betrayed Americans for last 47 years: Trump

US President Donald Trump has accused his rival and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden of being a corrupt career politician who has done nothing but betray the Americans for the last 47 years.

Trump is known to make unsubstantiated allegations against his rival, often making untrue claims. There is no evidence of Biden ever being tainted by corruption. Addressing a rally in Rochster in Minnesota on Friday, Trump, 74, said Biden has obsession for power. "Biden is a grimy, sleazy and corrupt career politician who has done nothing but betrayed you for 47 long years. He will look you in the eyes, and then turn right around and stab you in the back. The only thing he cares about is political power," Trump said.

A Democratic stronghold, Trump is seeking to wrest Minnesota for the Republicans for decades. He is currently trailing behind Biden with five percentage points.(PTI)

13:01 (IST)31 Oct 2020
After a summer of racial reckoning, race is on the ballot

While the coronavirus and battered economy have overtaken issues of race as the focal points in presidential and congressional campaigns, despite the disproportionate impact of both on communities of color, systemic racism and police reform have emerged as dominant themes in a number of local elections. In states across America, from California to Kentucky to New York, many voters said they saw the races for sheriffs, prosecutors and council representatives as having more consequence to their lives. (Read full analysis here)

11:11 (IST)31 Oct 2020
Biden: I've learned from Clinton campaign errors

Joe Biden says he has learned from the mistakes that Hillary Clinton's campaign made four years ago in the Midwest. At an event Friday in Milwaukee, Biden recounted campaigning for Clinton in 2016 and added, "For a whole lot of reasons _ not all of which were her fault _ ended up not taking it as seriously. We thought it was different.'' Clinton was criticized for not campaigning enough in Midwestern states like Wisconsin and Michigan.

09:24 (IST)31 Oct 2020
Biden betrayed America for last 47 years, says Trump

Addressing a rally in Rochster in Minnesota, US President Donald Trump Friday accused his rival and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden of being a corrupt career politician who has done nothing but betrayed the Americans for the last 47 years.

09:13 (IST)31 Oct 2020
Campaign focus shifts to Midwestern states

As part of their last leg of campaigning, President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden focused on seeking support in the vital midwestern states where Covid-19 once again took centerstage. Biden highlighted Trump's constant ignorance and the failure to handle the ongoing pandemic while the president focused on reviving the economy. Trump through his speeches has made it clear that more lockdowns due to coronavirus are not an option anymore. Trump criticized Democratic governors who have imposed restrictions that aim to slow the virus's spread, and said Biden would prohibit Americans from gathering for holidays or other special occasions if elected.

22:25 (IST)30 Oct 2020
Researchers voice concern over spread of disinformation on social media about US poll campaigns

Researchers in the US have voiced concern over the spread of disinformation on social media platforms about US President Donald Trump, his Democratic rival Joe Biden and their poll campaigns, threatening the integrity of the November 3 presidential elections.

Researchers at the University of Southern California released a study this week that said that thousands of automated accounts, or "bots," on Twitter and conspiracy theorists are sowing disinformation around the upcoming elections. "The state of social media manipulation during the 2020 election is no better than it was in 2016. We are very concerned by the proliferation of bots used to spread political conspiracies and the widespread appeal that those conspiracy narratives seem to have on the platform," the study's lead author Emilio Ferrara, associate professor of computer science at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, said.

"The combination of automated disinformation and distortion on social media continue to threaten the integrity of US elections," Ferrara, who is also the associate professor of communication at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, said. (AP)

21:31 (IST)30 Oct 2020
Trump slams Biden over endorsement from Rick Snyder
21:27 (IST)30 Oct 2020
As virus surges, Trump rallies keep packing in thousands

There are no crowds at Disneyland, still shut down by the coronavirus. Fewer fans attended the World Series this year than at any time in the past century. Big concerts are cancelled.

But it's a different story in Trumpland. Thousands of President Donald Trump's supporters regularly cram together at campaign rallies around the country - masks optional and social distancing frowned upon. Trump rallies are among the nation's biggest events being held in defiance of crowd restrictions designed to stop the virus from spreading.

This at a time when public health experts are advising people to think twice even about inviting many guests for Thanksgiving dinner.

"It doesn't matter who you are or where you are, when you have congregate settings where people are crowded together and virtually no one is wearing a mask, that's a perfect setup to have an outbreak of acquisition and transmissibility," Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, recently told Yahoo News. "It's a public health and scientific fact."

The Trump campaign, which distributes masks and hand sanitizer at its rallies, says those who attend are peaceful protesters who, just like Black Lives Matter demonstrators, have a right to assemble. The president says he wants to get the country back to normal. (AP)

21:25 (IST)30 Oct 2020
Barack Obama shores up support for Joe Biden, Kamala Harris
21:22 (IST)30 Oct 2020
Indian-Americans seem more confident voting for Trump

President Donald Trump has described the November 3 election as the "most important" in US history. For the influential 1.8 million Indian-Americans, it is much more so as they hold unprecedented sway in key battleground states and could be what a top Democratic lawmaker termed "an absolute difference maker".

There are more than 257 million people in the US who are 18 or older, and nearly 240 million citizens are eligible to vote this year, according to an American daily.

More than 80 million Americans have already cast their ballots, according to a tally on Thursday from the US Elections Project at the University of Florida, setting the stage for the highest participation rate in over a century.

"We're seeing a very energised, interested electorate, and we're seeing a public that is responding to a message that you need to cast that ballot early this year," said Paul Gronke, a professor of political science at Reed College who runs the Early Voter Information Center.

The influential Indian-American community is finding itself increasingly wooed by both parties through a series of ads, speeches and exhortations of community leaders. (PTI)

17:39 (IST)30 Oct 2020
Trump officials tout progress on border wall before election

Top Trump administration officials visited Texas five days before Election Day to announce they have nearly completed 400 miles of US-Mexico border wall, trying to show progress on perhaps the president's best-known campaign promise four years ago.

While most of the wall went up in areas that had smaller barriers, the government built hundreds of miles of fencing as high as 30 feet (9 meters) in a short amount of time - most of it this year. But crews blasted hills and bulldozed sensitive habitats in national wildlife refuges and on American Indian land to do it, prioritizing areas where they could build more quickly.

The Department of Homeland Security waived environmental and other reviews to expedite construction. And despite President Donald Trump's repeated promises that Mexico would pay for the wall, the construction has been funded by U.S. taxpayers for at least USD 15 billion, two-thirds coming from military funding.

16:30 (IST)30 Oct 2020
Facebook using experience from polls in India to stop abuse ahead of US elections

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said steps taken by the social media giant have helped protect the integrity of more than 200 different elections around the world, including in India, and have also played an important role in stopping abuse ahead of US elections.

Noting that next week will certainly be a "test" for Facebook, Zuckerberg said the company will continue "fighting to protect the integrity of the democratic process". "These are all changes we've made in the last four years -- and they've helped us protect the integrity of more than 200 different elections around the world, including in the EU, India and Indonesia. And they've been important for stopping abuse ahead of next week's vote in the US," Zuckerberg said during the company's earnings call and outlined some of the steps that have been taken.

He added that the company has focused on issues like voter suppression, and has worked closely with experts in the space, including civil rights leaders.

12:45 (IST)30 Oct 2020
See Photos| Trump's rally in Florida

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12:30 (IST)30 Oct 2020
US Election Wrap, October 30: Dismissing virus fears, Trump continues to draw massive crowds at rallies

In three days, the US will either have Joe Biden as its new president or Donald Trump will continue to serve for four more years. The dominating talking point in this year’s elections has been the coronavirus outbreak and both presidential candidates have clashed over the issue several times over the past few months.

Now, in the battleground state of Florida, the virus outbreak and Trump’s handling of the pandemic has again become a point of contention between the two candidates and the topic of discussion in their campaign rallies. Reuters reported that Trump “downplayed the pandemic, as he has done throughout the year, telling people that if they contracted the virus, they would “get better,” just as he did after his own diagnosis.”

                                           Read all the developments from the last 24 hours here 

12:27 (IST)30 Oct 2020
WATCH| How Native Americans could sway swing states

Joe Biden goes on offense in Georgia while Donald Trump targets Midwest President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at HoverTech International, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, in Allentown, Pa. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

President Donald Trump held an in-person campaign rally in Arizona on Wednesday despite a U.S. surge in COVID-19 cases and criticism he is prioritizing his re-election above the health of his supporters. The pandemic that has upended life across the United States this year, killing more than 227,000 people, is roaring back in the days leading up to Tuesday's contest between Republican Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden.

Biden holds a comfortable lead in national polls, which show a public increasingly dismayed by Trump's handling of the largest public health crisis in US living memory. Polls in battleground states that will likely decide the election are tighter than the national surveys.

At a campaign rally in Bullhead City, Arizona, Trump said again that a vaccine would be available soon. "If I weren’t president, if you had Sleepy Joe as your president, it would have taken you four years to have a vaccine. You would have never had a vaccine," Trump said.

Trump has repeatedly criticized mail-in voting as prone to fraud even though experts say that is rare, and questioned the integrity of the process on Tuesday, saying it would be “inappropriate” to take extra time to count mail ballots. “It would be very, very proper and very nice if a winner were declared on Nov. 3, instead of counting ballots for two weeks, which is totally inappropriate and I don’t believe that that’s by our laws,” he added.

Meanwhile, in her first solo trip of the 2020 campaign, Melania Trump slammed Joe Biden, Democrats and the media as she pushed the president’s re-election message in the battleground state of Pennsylvania. The first lady defended Donald Trump’s record on COVID-19 even as he continues to play down the threat of a virus that has killed more than 226,000 Americans. She sought to shift the blame to Democrats, who she said tried to “put their own agendas ahead of the American people’s well-being” and focused on a “sham impeachment” instead of the coronavirus.

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