Democrats brought their firepower to Michigan, a key swing state that helped mark President Trump’s 2016 victory.
Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama made their first 2020 joint campaign stopping at Flint on Saturday afternoon, where they hit Trump hard on handling his coronavirus pandemic and said it was coming. at restoring dignity to the White House.
“Time for Donald Trump to pack up and go home,” Biden said during the Halloween campaign pause. “We’re done with the chaos, the tweets, the anger, the hatred, the failure [and] refuse to accept any responsibility. “
Biden thanks Obama for being a “great”; president and suggested that a Biden presidency would be without a scandal. Biden has denied recent allegations that his son, Hunter, involved him in his foreign business dealings.
“[We] It has been eight years without any scandal … It would be great to go back like that, “Biden said.
Both Obama and Biden are chasing Trump for Friday’s claim in Michigan that doctors are deliberately inflating the number of coronavirus deaths to make money.
“What’s wrong with this man?” Biden said. “Sorry my language but think about it – it’s pervert. He can believe it because he doesn’t do anything other than money.”
COVID-19 cases in the United States hit a record high on Friday. But at a rally in Waterford, Mich., On Friday, Trump appeared to blame doctors for the increased number of coronaviruses in the United States.
“Our doctors get more money if someone dies of COVID. You know that, right? I mean our doctors are very smart people. So what they do. is they say, ‘I’m sorry, but everyone died from COVID,’ “Trump said. Trump’s comments were quickly denounced by the American Medical Association (AMA) as outrageous.
Obama has campaigned in the battlefield states for Biden, but Flint was the first time they have campaigned together in the final stages, showing their importance to victory over Michigan on Tuesday.
“Joe Biden is my brother. I love Joe Biden, and he will be a great president,” Obama said in his speech before Biden went on stage.
Obama teased Trump’s handling of the growing coronavirus epidemic and accused the president of holding super-widespread protests because of his obsession with large crowds.
“Trump is interested in nurturing his ego,” Obama said. “Joe cares about keeping you and your family safe.”
Obama and Biden developed goodwill in Michigan for efforts to save the auto industry at a time when Republicans like 2012 GOP candidate Mitt Romney wrote an op-ed titled: “Let Detroit bankrupt.” Obama compared GOP’s efforts to turn his back on the auto industry with Trump “firing” the pandemic response and proposing a new GOP slogan: “Let America have COVID.”
Obama said that Biden will control the pandemic, will protect American health care and will restore courtesy in public offices. Obama said of his former vice president: “He doesn’t have a bad skeleton in his body.
After Flint shows up, Obama and Biden will head to Detroit for a driving rally. They will feature Motown legend, Stevie Wonder, whom “Signed, sealed, transferred” became a campaign track for Obama in 2008.
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If Biden wins Michigan, it would be a blow to Trump’s re-election path. Trump stunned the world in 2016 by toppling three traditional blue states – Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania – and Trump is heading to the White House for another four years to repeat its success in China. West of you.
Michigan is also a major battleground state for the Senate, where Senator Gary Peters, D-Mich., Is trying to fight the challenge from Republican Army veteran John James.
Trump got stuck in Michigan with a rally on Friday in Waterford Town. He plans to return to the State of the Great Lakes on Sunday and Monday in his closing rally.
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The night before the 2016 election, the final rally of Trump’s campaign took place at midnight in Grand Rapids, Mich. In the hope of repeating history, the Trump campaign says the president’s final stop in the 2020 race will be Grand Rapids.
Trump beat Clinton with less than 11,000 votes in 2016.
Democrats are trying not to leave a chance at this time and are pushing a strong number of voters.
“We had a bit of complacency in the last election,” Obama admitted Saturday at Flint.
Biden says he learned from mistakes Clinton’s campaign made four years ago in the Midwest.
At a Friday event in Milwaukee, Biden recounted campaigning for Clinton in 2016 and added, “For a lot of reasons – it’s not all her fault – [we] in the end did not take it seriously. We thought it was different ”.
Clinton has been criticized for not campaigning enough in Midwestern states like Wisconsin and Michigan. After her astonishing defeat in 2016, many Democrats criticized her campaign as overconfident and overly complacent.
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In contrast, Biden often insists that he doesn’t vote for granted and says on Friday night in Wisconsin, “I’ve been here a lot.”
Trump will make four stops in Pennsylvania on Saturday.
Fox News’s Paul Steinhauser and Associated Press contributed to this report.