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Monday, October 5, 2020


1. NEW: Trump’s Positive COVID-19 Test

2. Jobs Numbers Show Economic Recovery Slowed


3. 29 Days Until Election Day, More Than 3 Million Votes Have Been Cast


1. NEW: Trump’s Positive COVID-19 Test

On Friday, Vice President Biden gave remarks wishing the president and first lady a speedy and full recovery, and underscoring the need for all of us to take this virus seriously.

  • We are praying for a swift and safe recovery for the President and First Lady, and everyone infected by this virus.

  • The latest news serves as a grave reminder for everyone to take this virus seriously.

    • We can save the lives of nearly 100,000 Americans in the next 100 days if everyone wears a mask in public.

  • This virus has upended our lives — it has killed more than 200,000 Americans, prevented families from sending kids to school, shuttered small businesses, and kept us from seeing our friends and families.

  • This election isn’t about Biden or Trump, it’s about the millions of families who are suffering during this once-in-a-generation pandemic and economic crisis.

    • Biden has put forward a comprehensive plan to get the virus under control and get Americans back to work again. He’s demonstrated the steady and experienced leadership Americans are looking for in a time of crisis.

  • Since the start of this pandemic, the Biden campaign’s top priority has been the health and safety of all Americans.

    • The campaign has been working closely with public health experts to determine and implement the best practices to campaign safely.

  • The Bidens and traveling staff have been regularly tested. After last week’s debate, the campaign is taking extra precautions to make sure Vice President Biden, other travelers, and the public are safe.

    • Biden tested negative for COVID-19 again yesterday, and will disclose the result of every coronavirus test he takes.

2. Jobs Numbers Show Economic Recovery Slowed

  • The recovery has slowed dramatically, with nearly 8% of workers unemployed.

    • More than 12 million Americans are unemployed.

    • Job growth slowed significantly in September — with less than half as many jobs recovered as in August.

    • Only half of the jobs lost during the pandemic have returned.

    • There are now 2.5 million jobs permanently lost since February.

    • The recovery is leaving behind Black and Hispanic Americans — the unemployment rate didn’t improve for either last month.

    • As many as 400,000 small businesses have closed for good.

  • Last week, new numbers were released showing nearly 1 in 6 workers (26.5 million Americans) are receiving unemployment assistance, more than the previous week.

    • For 28 weeks in a row, more workers have filed unemployment claims than any week during any previous recession.

  • It didn’t have to be this bad. We need to get back to normal, but we can’t until we get the virus under control.


3. 29 Days Until Election Day, More Than 3 Million Votes Have Been Cast


  • Voters in more than half of states are already voting, including Iowa and Maine, which start early voting today.

  • Go to today to check your registration status, learn how to register to vote and what choices you have to cast your ballot, and find out where and when to vote.

  • Democrats are out-registering Republicans across the country, including in key battleground states like Florida, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.

  • Voters in nearly a dozen states are already voting in person, with huge turnout.

  • 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 can vote.

--Democratic National Committee, 430 S Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA

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