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Dear Friends-

Presidential debates are about having a discussion around competing visions and plans for the country explained, deconstructed and evaluated. What we witnessed last night was the President of the United States devolving the format into a barrage of lies, interruptions, and a round-up posse directive to the Proud Boys that they were so delighted to receive, they’ve updated their logo

After sifting through a lot of the feedback and social and the headlines today, there are some takeaways that we need your help in doing. A lot of people went to bed upset but fired up to see Trump go.  Don’t miss that last part in seeing this as an organizing moment.  

Because there was only one leader on the stage of last night’s Presidential debate, and that leader was Vice President Joe Biden. That leader stood up for our lives under the mismanagement of this pandemic and the economy, called out racism and fought to focus on the welfare of our families even as attacks were unleashed against his own family. 

Trump had no plan, and Vice President Biden confronted him about that fact. He told a host of lies during the debate on health care, climate change, voting, and jobs but there was one moment when he finally admitted his plans to cut health care. He said outright we’re cutting health care.” We’ve known all along that health care was on the ballot and he has just confirmed it. 

The time is now for us to ensure that the folks with knots in their stomachs remember that people have already been voting in record numbers and they are cutting our way disproportionately.  The goal right now is to keep turning people out, helping them to get good information on how to vote (iwillvote.com), and to keep scaling up our voter protection efforts.  

Last night’s debate gave us additional fuel and urgency. We need to get our communities to vote and vote early.  Trump has given the orders to a known hate group to stand back and stand by”. They have their orders. But as Princess Philomena Desmond, who is one of the Co-Chairs of the African Diaspora for Biden, said to me today, “Our Joe struck back and he spoke directly to the people which Trump never did. But we have to be prepared for the days ahead”.  Mama Philomena, I agree.  So folks please read down for some of our asks.

We will send out information again next Wednesday, October 7th for the Vice Presidential debate. 

In Solidarity,

Mũthoni 


In this update you will find messaging guidance from the Biden campaign along with volunteer information about volunteer opportunities that you can share with your networks on the topics mentioned below. We need volunteers to answer our voter protection hotline, serve as voter protection attorneys, and commit to phone banking. 

Topics

  • Voter Protection Hotline and Volunteer Opportunities

  • Talkers Toplines:
    • Supreme Court
    • Health Care
    • COVID 19
    • Scranton vs Park Avenue 
    • President Trump’s Taxes
    • Donald Trump and Race
    • Law and Order with Justice
    • Climate Change
    • Voting

VOTER PROTECTION HOTLINE AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Help on the National Voter Assistance Hotline!

Who: 2020 Victory Voter Protection  

When: Now! We have shifts every day!

What is the work: Help us elect Joe Biden and Democrats up and down the ballot by staffing the national voter protection hotline, answer questions from voters around the country and help people exercise their right to vote! 

Why is it urgent: Voting has started in many states and more people than ever are calling our hotline with questions about how to request their ballot in the mail or navigate in person voting this fall. This work is critical to electing Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and Democrats up and down the ballot!

Length of Commitment: A shift is typically 3 hours. 

Sign Up Here:  https://www.mobilize.us/2020victoryvp/event/322975/


Make Calls to Help Recruit Other Voter Protection Team Members!

Who: 2020 Victory Voter Protection - multiple states + national hotline team

When: Varies, typically afternoons or evenings

What is the work: Help us elect Joe Biden and Democrats up and down the ballot by making calls to others to help us recruit more poll observers in key states, get more help on the national voter assistance hotline and get people signed up for trainings.

Why is it urgent: We still need thousands more voter protection team members ready to help ensure eligible voters can cast a ballot. There are only a few weeks left to recruit the additional help we need. Join us for a phone bank to help with this effort! This work is critical to electing Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and Democrats up and down the ballot!

Length of Commitment: 2 hours

Sign Up Here:

MI: https://www.mobilize.us/midemsvopro/event/309344/

FL: https://www.mobilize.us/flavopro/event/324712/

CO: https://www.mobilize.us/co2020victoryvp/

IA: https://www.mobilize.us/ia2020victoryvp/event/326551/

PA: https://www.mobilize.us/padems/event/305128/

NC: https://www.mobilize.us/ncdems/event/272724/

OH: https://www.mobilize.us/ohdems/event/294061/

TX: https://www.mobilize.us/tdporganizing/event/290763/

National Hotline: https://www.mobilize.us/2020victoryvp/event/328173/


Phone Banking Opportunities 

  • Veterans Military Families and Friends 4:30 to 6:00pm EST every Monday through November 2. Register here.

  • Women for Biden Weekly Phone Bank- Women across the United States come together to phone bank for Vice President Joe Biden! This phone bank includes a short training at the beginning of the event. Every Tuesday through November 3. Register here.

  • Women for Biden: Millennials & Gen Z Weekly phone bank-Join young women from across the country every Wednesday night at 8pm ET for a virtual phone bank to help elect Joe Biden. Training will be provided every Wednesday at the start of the call. Every Wednesday through November 3.  Register here.

  • Texas Muslim Phonebanking for Biden. Every Tuesday through November 3. Register here

  • National AAPIs for Biden Weekly Call & AAPIs Assemble! Join Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) for Biden every Wednesday through Election Day, as we come together--or Assemble! to hear from leaders and surrogates from the AAPI community during our National AAPI Program at 7:00 PM ET/ 4:00 PM PT. Every Wednesday through November 3. Register here.

  • Boricuas con Biden (Florida Phone bank). Join Boricuas with Biden to remove Trump from the White House one call at a time. Every Thursday and Friday from 6 - 8 p.m. (ET) we will be making calls to Puerto Rican homes in Florida to speak with our community and invite them to register, vote by mail, and support Joe Biden as our next President. For more information, please contact Roberto J. Nava (roberto.nava.alsina@2020victory.com) or write to any of our Boricua con Biden social media groups. Register here.

  • Spanish-language voter contact events (Phone banks, text banks). Join various Spanish language events across the US, including phone banks, text banks, house parties and planning meetings with Latino communities. Register here.

  • Latino Victory & Todos con Biden Bilingual Phone Bank hosted by Joe Biden for President. Register here.

  • Dominicanos con Biden Bilingual Phone Bank hosted by Joe Biden for President. Register here.

  • Venezolanos con Biden: Haz Llamadas a Florida! Virtual Phone Bank. Join the Venezolanos con Biden team every Saturday from 2-4pm ET and make phone calls to voters in South Florida to support Joe Biden and all Democrats on the ballot. In this online event we will provide phone banking training and then we'll start making calls! We will have a facilitator to answer any questions for the duration of the phone bank. We will make calls into South Florida to Spanish and English speaking voters. Every vote counts and every call made brings us closer to victory in November. Volunteer with us and help us create change! Every Saturday at 2pm ET. Register here

  • Texas Latino Voter Registration Assistance Virtual Community Event Hosted by the Texas Democratic Party with the help of amazing volunteers that want to see the poder of Latinos grow, we will be hosting Texas Voter Registration Office Hours (Horas de Oficina Asesoría para Registro de Votantes) in English and Español. If you have voter registration questions, please feel free to join this meeting at a time that is convenient for you. We have English and Spanish speakers available between 6:00pm – 8:00pm and we are ready to help.  Register here.


TALKERS MESSAGING TOPLINES

Supreme Court 

TOPLINE: Justice Ginsburg’s successor will have a profound impact on every part of our lives and our future. The American people have a right to have a say who the Supreme Court Justice is. They aren’t getting that chance. We are in the middle of an election. Tens of thousands have already voted. We should wait and see what the outcome is. 

  • For voters, this isn’t about who is sitting on the Court, it’s about the issues that hang in the balance: health care, clean air and water, whether you make equal pay for equal work and the rights of voters, immigrants, women, and workers.

  • Amy Coney Barrett has a written track record of disagreeing with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision upholding the Affordable Care Act. She critiqued Chief Justice John Roberts’ majority opinion upholding the law in 2012. 

  • President Trump is right now fighting in the Supreme Court to strip health coverage away from millions of people in the middle of a global health crisis. The Supreme Court has twice already upheld the Affordable Care Act as constitutional.

  • If Trump succeeds and his appointment votes to scrap the entire Affordable Care Act - insurers could once again discriminate or drop coverage completely for more than 100 million people living with preexisting conditions. Including the 7 million Americans who may have lung scarring and heart damage from COVID-19. 

  • The majority of the American people believe the winner of the election should nominate Justice Ginsburg's successor. 

  • Millions of voters are already casting their ballots. They should have their voices heard on who serves on the Court. 

Health Care

TOPLINE:  President Trump has no health care plan - he wants to take it away. He is right now fighting in the Supreme Court to eliminate the entire Affordable Care Act If he succeeds, he will strip health coverage away from tens of millions of families and to strip away the peace of mind from more than 100 million people with pre-existing conditions.

  • If President Trump has his way, complications from COVID-19 will be the next deniable pre-existing conditions. 

  • Since he started running for President, Trump said that he will have a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act and that he’ll have a plan to protect pre-existing conditions. He’s had four years to level with the American people and put forward a plan. Now 40 days to the Election, he’s once again saying trust me - I’ll figure it out later.

  • Simply put: Trump doesn’t have a plan. His only plan he has is to get re-elected.

  • There is only one candidate in the race who fought shoulder to shoulder with President Obama to expand access to health care for more than 20 million Americans and to protect more than 100 million Americans with pre-existing conditions - That’s Joe Biden. And as President, he will build on that work.

COVID-19

200,000 people are dead and 7 million are infected in the United States. We have 4% of the world population and are at 20% of the deaths. And as 1,000 Americans die every day, President Trump says, “It is what it is.” Well “it is what it is” because President Trump you are who you are.

This is the man who said it would be gone by Easter. He said it would go away when it got warm. He said it would end like a miracle. Why would you believe his promises now?  Joe Biden trusts scientists. He trusts vaccines. But he does not trust Donald Trump.  

TOPLINE: President Trump failed in the primary responsibility of the President: the duty to protect the safety of the American people. Even worse, he lied to the American people about the danger posed by COVID-19. Trump said he didn’t tell people the truth because he didn't want them to panic. The only person to panic was Donald Trump. He froze in the headlights, and the results were catastrophic for American families.

  • 200,000 people have died, 30 million are out of work and Trump failed to do his job. 

  • How many families are missing a loved one at their dinner table – because of his failures?

  • No President whose lies and failures have cost 200,000 Americans their lives should keep his job. Period.

  • If Biden were president now, here’s what he would do: 
    1) Everyone in this country would be wearing a mask when around other people. 
    2) He’d get the testing fiasco fixed. 
    3) Biden would get protective gear to everyone on the front lines
    4) And he’d issue guidelines for our schools and businesses, and get them aid to implement them. 

  • Those are four things Trump isn’t doing, and doesn’t have any intention of doing. 

  • Tragically, if we continue on the path Trump is on, the worst is not behind us, it’s ahead.

Park Avenue vs. Scranton

TOPLINE: Biden sees this election as Park Avenue versus Scranton.  President Trump can see only as far as Wall Street, and looks down on working people. Biden will build our country back better to help working families, not the super-wealthy and corporations.

  • Joe Biden knows that Wall Street bankers and CEOs didn’t build this country — the middle class and working families did — hardworking people from Scranton and Claymont, small businesses and entrepreneurs and unions built this country. 

  • The question for voters across the country: is the Trump economy working for YOU and YOUR FAMILY? 

  • President Trump has no intention of making it better for you and your family at home. 

  • The top 100 billionaires in America have made more than $300 billion this year.  

  • President Trump wants to give them a $30 billion tax break.  He's going to cut their tax rate so they pay a lower rate than a working family making $65,000 a year.  

  • Biden is going to make the super-wealthy pay their fair share. And, he’s going to:

    • Enforce “Buy American” rules – for real - so that when we spend American taxpayer dollars it’s on goods made in America -- and penalize companies that ship jobs overseas. 

    • Create more jobs by investing in clean energy – windmills and solar plants and electric cars.  

    • Raise pay for child care workers and teachers and health care workers.

  • Moody’s Analytics released their analysis of both Joe Biden and President Trump’s economic plans- or as we like to say, the Scranton plan vs. the Park Avenue plan. 

  • Key finding of the analysis is that Joe Biden is the jobs creator. 

  • Moody’s found that Biden’s plan will create 18.6 million jobs by the end of his first term -- 7 million *more* jobs than President Trump’s plan. 

  • Biden’s plan will grow the economy by almost $1 trillion more than Trump’s by 2024.

  • Biden is the one with the strategic plan to grow our economy by investing in working families and our infrastructure. His plan will lead to higher homeownership and billions in more disposable income for American families. That’s what makes our economy healthy in the long-run.

  • Trump only looks out for the super-wealthy and that doesn’t work for the economy in the long run. 

President Trump’s Taxes

TOPLINE: President Trump can see only as far as Wall Street, and looks down on working people. If you make under $400,000, you will not pay a penny more in taxes when Joe Biden is president. Period. Contrast that with President Trump who now in the middle of this pandemic is proposing another tax giveaway for the wealthiest Americans. 

  • Trump’s tax giveaway went to the super-wealthy and corporations.

    • 83% of the benefits will ultimately go to the top 1% and 40% of the benefits went to foreign investors.

    • 91 Fortune 500 companies paid no federal taxes last year. 

  • The top 100 billionaires in America have made more than $300 billion this year.  Donald Trump wants to give them a $30 billion tax break -- in the middle of a pandemic and an economic crisis.  

  • $30 billion more, just for those 100 folks.  Trump is going to cut the super wealthy’s tax rate so they pay a lower rate than a working family making $65,000 a year.   

  • Joe Biden will make the wealthy and corporations pay their fair share, and invest that revenue in the middle class and growing our economy - expanding access to affordable health care, making community college tuition-free, investing in our public schools, repairing our roads and bridges, and more. 

  • Joe Biden is proposing tax cuts for working families:

    • As long as the COVID crisis rages, he will expand the Child Tax Credit to help families. That means a firefighter with three teenagers will receive an additional $3,000 -- or $9,000 total. 

    • He’ll expand tax credits for child care, which could mean up to $6,800 in additional tax relief each year for such families.

    • He’ll give first-time homebuyers a $15,000 advanceable tax credit for their down payment.

    • And, he’ll increase tax credits to lower health care premiums, too.

Donald Trump and Race

Trump had multiple chances to say he disowned white supremacy. He refused. Donald Trump fans the flame of white supremacy and racism. It’s his only political strategy. 

Equity, equality, and justice – the American creed. We have never lived up to it; but we’ve never stopped trying until this President.

Joe Biden got into this race because of Charlottesville. After seeing hate-filled men with torches spilled out of the woods spewing racism and anti-Semitic bile, Donald Trump said there were “very fine people on both sides.” Those words shocked our conscience and stunned the world. 

This summer, after George Floyd was killed, President Trump hid in the White House bunker. Then he ordered force against peaceful protestors outside the White House, gassing Americans to stage a photo op of him holding a Bible outside a church. 

1 in 1000 African Americans has been killed by COVID-19, and if Trump doesn't do something fast by the end of year, it will be 1 in 500. This man has done virtually nothing for Black Americans. 

TOPLINE: President Trump turns Americans against each other and fuels toxic racism for his own political gain. He has no desire to unite Americans to move our country forward. Division is his primary political strategy. It’s wrong, and it’s not who we are as a country.  

  • After neo Nazis and white supremacists marched in Charlottesville, he said there were “very fine people on both sides.”

  • Following the tragic murder of George Floyd, as millions of Americans stood up for healing and justice, Trump actively fanned hate and even encouraged violence.

  • Hate crimes have surged on his watch, he has admitted that he’s trying to keep Black Americans from exercising their sacred right to vote, slandered the Latino community, sought to bar Muslims from even entering the United States, presided over a spike in anti-Semitism, and regularly tries to scapegoat fellow Americans as “the other” in order to distract from his massive failures.

Law and Order with Justice 

TOPLINE: Law and order with justice - where everyone is treated fairly. Donald Trump isn’t a law and order president. He’s a president who breaks the law and creates disorder. Joe Biden has condemned violence in every form it takes – while President Trump has failed to stand up to his own supporters and unequivocally condemn violence. Does anyone believe there will be less violence in America if Donald Trump is reelected?

  • When President Trump says, “You won’t be safe in Joe Biden’s America,” he’s talking about what’s happening in President Trump’s America. 

  • President Trump failed to protect America so now he is trying to scare America. 

  • He owns this chaos yet proudly touts himself as a ‘law and order’ president. 

  • When President Trump says “you won’t be safe in Joe Biden’s America”, look around at President Trump’s America: 

    • COVID runs unchecked throughout the country and has killed thousands while sending our economy spiraling. 

    • The murder rate is up 26% in cities across the nation under Donald Trump.  

    • More cops have died of COVID-19 this year than on patrol. 

  • President Trump continues to fan the flames of division and encourage chaos. 

  • We must stand against violence – in every form it takes:

    • The violence of unwarranted police shootings, excessive force, of extremists, and more. 

    • The senseless violence of looting and burning and destruction of property.

  • When President Trump looks at this violence and sees a political lifeline. Joe Biden is offering a different vision. He’s going to bring Americans together to address the challenges our country faces. 

Climate Change

When Donald Trump thinks of climate he thinks “hoax”. When Joe Biden thinks of climate change, he thinks jobs- good paying union jobs. 

And Joe Biden will rejoin the Paris Climate Accord because without us it’s falling apart. He’ll host a summit for the world’s leading emitters in his first 100 days, and persuade them to up the ante, and increase their emissions goals.

TOPLINE:

  • As a nation, we face one of the most difficult moments in our history. Four historic crises. COVID, the economy, racial justice and climate change - all at the same time. 

  • Once again, President Trump fails the most basic duty to this nation -- he fails to protect us. We are not safe in President Trump’s America. 

  • Wildfires are burning the suburbs in the West. Floods are wiping out suburban neighborhoods in the Midwest. And, hurricanes are imperiling suburban life along our coasts. The impacts of climate change don't pick and choose red states or blue states. 

  • Which makes President Trump’s climate denialism — his disdain of science and facts — all the more confounding.

  • The unrelenting impact of climate change affects every single one of us. But too often the brunt falls disproportionately on communities of color, exacerbating the need for environmental justice.

  • Every American has a fundamental right to breathe clean air and drink clean water.

  • Our economy can’t recover if we don’t build back with more resiliency to withstand extreme weather that will only come with more frequency.

  • When President Trump thinks of climate change, he thinks hoax. When Joe Biden thinks of climate change, he thinks jobs - good paying union jobs. 

  • We need a president who respects science, who understands that the damage from climate change is already here, and, unless we take urgent action, will soon be more catastrophic. A president who recognizes, understands, and cares that Americans are dying. 

  • As President, Biden will send Congress in the first 100 Days a sweeping plan for a clean-energy revolution: 

  • Build a 100%-clean-energy economy – creating millions of jobs to power our recovery.

  • Invest record amounts in research and innovation – more than we spent to put a man on the moon.

  • Build a more resilient infrastructure, more efficient power grid, and 500,000 public charging stations for electric cars. 

Voting

President Trump is using scare tactics to undermine voting-by-mail. But the truth is: Trump himself just voted-by-mail in Florida’s primary, and his campaign is promoting it for its own supporters.

Our military has been voting by mail since the Civil War.  

Joe Biden refuses to let Donald Trump undermine faith in our democracy.

If President Trump says he won't accept the results of the election it doesn't matter. If we get the votes, he has to go.

The American people have it in our power to determine what’s going to happen and if we want four more years of these lies.

Go to IWillVote.com right now to make a plan to vote early.  

TOPLINE: The American people are going to vote and determine the next President of the United States. 

  • The Biden campaign has launched the biggest voter protection program in history: thousands of staff on the ground, lawyers, and poll watchers throughout the states to ensure every eligible voter who wants to can do so. 

  • The campaign is aggressively answering efforts by Trump and his allies here at home and overseas to suppress voting.  

  • This includes: 

    • State programs-- recruiting and ensuring poll workers and safe polling locations. 

    • Anti-voter suppression programs-- preventing Republicans from putting up obstacles to voting and from using supposed emergency powers to intimidate voters and attack or subvert our democratic processes. 

    • Voter registration and education programs-- registering voters, and ensuring they have the information they need to vote by mail or in person. 

    • Guarding against foreign interference and cyberattacks-- protecting against abuse of platforms and voter misinformation from domestic and foreign sources. 

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