US Presidential Elections 2020 HIGHLIGHTS: Senior US intelligence officials have accused both Russia and Iran of trying to interfere with the 2020 presidential election, drawing swift denials from Moscow and Tehran, news agency Reuters reported.
The announcement, two weeks before the Nov. 3 election showed the level of alarm among top US officials that foreign actors were seeking to undermine Americans’ confidence in the integrity of the vote and spread misinformation in an attempt to sway its outcome.
Meanwhile, in his first campaign appearance for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, former president Barack Obama criticised President Donald Trump for his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, and targeted him for his business dealings in China. Obama urged Americans to vote for Biden and Kamala Harris, saying they would “bring character and leadership back to government”. Obama is scheduled to hold several rallies for the Democratic candidates in the run up to the November 3 election.
Trump and Biden will faceoff in their second and final debate at 6.30 am Friday (IST) in Tennessee. During the 90-minute meeting, each candidates will be muted while the other delivers responses to each of the six debate topics.
At least 35 million people have already cast their ballots, according to University of Florida’s US Election Project, more than a fourth of the total 2016 vote.