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US elections 2020 HIGHLIGHTS: Biden to unveil his vision for party in Democratic convention

Joe Biden's campaign raised 26 million in the 24 hours after he named Harris as his running mate, doubling his previous one-day record and signalling enthusiasm among Democrats.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 20, 2020 10:12:05 pm
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In their first physical appearance together, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris pushed past their one-time political rivalry Wednesday to deliver an aggressive attack on the character and performance of US President Donald Trump.

Harris was particularly sharp in her criticism against Trump, saying it is true that the coronavirus has impacted almost every country, “but there’s a reason it has hit America worse than any other advanced nation”. “It’s because of Trump’s failure to take it seriously from the start,” she said.

Trump, on the other hand, called Harris a “very unusual” and “risky” pick as a running mate by Biden, given their past differences. “She mocked him. Openly mocked him. That’s why I thought that was a very risky pick. Because I’m sure that’ll be played back not necessarily by me but others. It’ll be played back,” he said.

Meanwhile, starting Thursday, Facebook users in US who post about voting may start seeing an addendum to their messages – labels directing readers to authoritative information about the upcoming presidential election. It’s the social network’s latest step to to combat election-related misinformation on its platform as the November 3 election nears – one in which many voters may be submitting ballots by mail for the first time.

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17:36 (IST)14 Aug 2020
Democrats tested in first party convention of pandemic era

Joe Biden is poised to unveil his vision for the modern Democratic Party in the first presidential nominating convention of the coronavirus era, an all-virtual affair that will test the former vice president's ability to overcome unprecedented logistical challenges in an urgent mission to energise a winning coalition.

The Democratic National Convention, which formally begins Monday, is not a convention in the traditional sense. There will be no physical gathering place, no cheering audience, no balloons. The programme will consist instead of a series of online video addresses - half of which will be prerecorded - that play out for two hours each night until Biden formally accepts the Democratic presidential nomination in a mostly empty Delaware ballroom on Thursday.

Along the way, Biden's party will make history by unveiling the nation's first Black vice presidential nominee, Kamala Harris. The speaking program also features two former presidents, two past presidential nominees, a former Republican governor, a New York ultra-billionaire and various working-class Americans. (AP)

19:54 (IST)13 Aug 2020
Facebook beefs up anti-misinfo efforts ahead of US election

Beginning Thursday, US Facebook users who post about voting may start seeing an addendum to their messages -- labels directing readers to authoritative information about the upcoming presidential election.

It's the social network's latest step to to combat election-related misinformation on its platform as the November 3 election nears - one in which many voters may be submitting ballots by mail for the first time.

Facebook began adding similar links to posts about in-person and mail-in balloting by federal politicians, including President Donald Trump, in July.

These labels will link to a new voter information hub similar to one about COVID-19 that Facebook says has been seen by billions of users around the world. The labels will read, "Visit the Voting Information Center for election resources and official updates." (AP)

Former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump. (AP Photo, File)

Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the United States is all set to vote in the upcoming presidential elections due in November. The elections are seen as a direct contest between sitting US President and Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden, who was vice-president during the Barack Obama presidency.

Presumptive Democratic party presidential nominee Joe Biden named California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate on Tuesday, making history by selecting the first Black woman to compete on a major party’s presidential ticket and acknowledging the vital role Black voters will play in his bid to defeat President Donald Trump. He will today make his first appearance with Harris.

Following the development, former US president Barack Obama joined top Democrats, including Hillary Clinton, to praise Indian-American Senator Kamala Harris’ selection as the party’s vice presidential candidate in the November election, saying Joe Biden has “nailed this decision”.

Trump, like his fellow Republicans, offers tax reductions and regulatory cuts to fix the American economy. He has predicted that the US economy will rebound in the third and fourth quarters of this year.

On the other hand, Biden who became the Democratic presidential nominee after Bernie Sanders dropped out of the race on April 8, pitches for necessary actions required to avoid an extended recession or depression caused due to the pandemic. In his campaign, he has addressed the long-standing wealth inequality that disproportionately affects nonwhite Americans.

Further reading:

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