Biden news -VP, says ‘we are Republicans, yes, but Americans foremost’

Biden news -VP, says ‘we are Republicans, yes, but Americans foremost’
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden
Joe Biden received another prominent Republican endorsement on Tuesday, with Cindy McCain, the widow of Arizona senator and Vietnam War hero John McCain, announcing her support for the Democratic nominee.

Mrs McCain wrote on Twitter: “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 Joe Biden.”

The former vice president, addressing supporters in a video, commented on the United States’ coronavirus death toll hitting 200,000 on Tuesday, as he condemned Donald Trump as someone who “wants to write-off those we lost as nobodies”.

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‘The odds of Joe Biden beating Donald Trump show there’s still all to play for’

For Indy Voices, James Moore surveys what the bookmakers are saying on this two-horse race.

Joe Sommerlad23 September 2020 12:01

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus discuss Biden’s phone call after her cancer diagnosis

The Seinfeld and Veep star has been telling Jake Tapper about the Democratic nominee reaching out to her “in the most touching way” after she announced her breast cancer diagnosis in 2017, from which she has since recovered.

Here’s Clemence Michallon on what she had to say.

Joe Sommerlad23 September 2020 10:48

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Pete Buttigieg playing Mike Pence for Kamala Harris in debate practice

Biden’s running mate is due to take on Trump’s deputy in Salt Lake City, Utah, on 7 October and is currently busy rehearsing for the bout with the help of Pete Buttigieg.

The former candidate and Indiana mayor has been selected to play the role of Pence “because of his familiarity with the vice president, who was governor of Indiana when Buttigieg was mayor of South Bend,” Bloomberg explains.

Buttigieg often talked about Pence on the campaign trail, often attacking the devout Christian over religious hypocrisy.

“If me being gay was a choice, it was a choice that was made far, far above my pay grade,” Buttigieg said at an LGBTQ event in April 2019. “And that’s the thing I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand. That if you got a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me – your quarrel, sir, is with my creator.”

While Harris will be expected to defend her record as California attorney general and Biden’s as veep and go after the myriad failings of the Trump-Pence administration, she is reportedly concerned about the high expectations on her shoulders, hence calling in Mayor Pete for practice.

“He’s a good debater. So, I’m so concerned, like I can only disappoint,” she admitted of Pence at a fundraiser this week.

Joe Sommerlad23 September 2020 11:58

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Barack Obama: Ousting Trump is about ‘whether or not our democracy endures’

The 44th president has issued a new video on support of his former deputy and does not mince his words.

Here’s Justin Vallejo’s report.

Joe Sommerlad23 September 2020 10:38

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‘Naked ballots’ could invalidate thousands of votes in Pennsylvania and cost Biden the election

A Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision to void so-called “naked ballots” mailed without envelopes that conceal the voter’s identity could cause “electoral chaos” and protracted legal battles, state election officials have warned.

The decision – part of a series of rulings that extended vote-by-mail deadlines, allowed ballot drop boxes and removed Green Party candidates from the ticket – could force as many as 100,000 votes to be tossed out in a state that Trump carried by just 44,000 more votes than his opponent Hillary Clinton.

Another slim margin, with thousands of ballots cast but determined invalid, could prevent a Biden victory in the state.

“While everyone is talking about the significance of extending the mail-ballot deadline, it is the naked ballot ruling that is going to cause electoral chaos,” Lisa Deeley, who chairs the Philadelphia commissioners office, wrote in a letter to state lawmakers on Monday.

She warned that the court’s decision could create a post-election scenario “the likes of which we have not seen since Florida in 2000.”

Alex Woodward has more on this.

Joe Sommerlad23 September 2020 10:32

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Trump says Biden ‘against God’ and mocks him for wearing a face mask in pandemic

The president was also on particularly cruel form regarding Joe Biden at his rally in Moon’s Township, Pennsylvania, at which he also caused a stir with a racist attack on Minnesota Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar.

Of Biden, Trump claimed, ludicrously, that the Catholic candidate is somehow “against God”, accusing him of taking drugs to improve his performance on the campaign trail and falsely claimed that Biden’s record as Barack Obama’s vice president during the swine flu pandemic of 2009 was worse than his own on coronavirus.

An estimated 12,469 Americans died of the former, according to the CDC, compared with the 200,000 and counting we’re looking at now – with no end in sight.

Most personally and irresponsibly, Trump mocked Biden for continuing to wear a face mask in accordance with the official advice of his own healthcare authorities.

“What the hell did he spend all that money on plastic surgery for?”, he crowed.

Here’s John T Bennett again.

Joe Sommerlad23 September 2020 09:41

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Ex-VP says Trump ‘wants to write-off’ 200,000 coronavirus deaths

Biden released a new video yesterday marking the US officially passing its latest grim coronavirus death toll, the world’s highest, expressing the basic compassion you would expect from a world leader and attacking Trump for claiming at an Ohio rally a day earlier that the disease “affects virtually nobody”.

“This virus has left a huge hole in the heart of this country and President Trump wants to write-off those we lost as ‘nobodies’,” he said. “This president is trying to erase the reality we’re living today because he thinks it helps him politically. We can’t let this happen.”

By contrast, Trump defended his record, saying 200,000 Americans amounted to “doing it right” because the mortality rate could potentially have been far higher.

Speaking to reporters on the White House lawn before jetting out for his latest rally in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, the president initially refused to answer a question on the country’s latest deadly milestone from the pandemic before reluctantly saying of Covid-19: “I think it’s a shame. I think if we didn’t do it properly and do it right you’d have two and half million deaths… China should have stopped it… I think it’s a horrible thing.”

Joe Sommerlad23 September 2020 09:39

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John McCain’s widow endorses Biden

Joe Biden received another prominent Republican endorsement on Tuesday, with Cindy McCain, the widow of Arizona senator and Vietnam War hero John McCain, announcing her support for the Democratic nominee.

Mrs McCain wrote on Twitter: “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 Joe Biden.”

The late John McCain, the Republican Party’s 2008 presidential candidate, was known for his acrimonious relationship with Trump, who notoriously mocked the veteran pilot for being shot down during the conflict in South East Asia and held captive for six years.

This was Biden’s response to the news…

…and here’s the full story.

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