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Wednesday, October 7, 2020


1. NEW: At Vice Presidential Debate, Pence Must Answer for Failed COVID-19 Response

2. NEW: Trump Abandons Negotiations for Coronavirus Relief

3. Trump’s Positive COVID-19 Test


4. Economic Recovery Slows & Trade Deficit Skyrockets

5. 27 Days Until Election Day, 5 Million Votes Have Been Cast


1. NEW: At Vice Presidential Debate, Pence Must Answer for Failed COVID-19 Response

The vice presidential debate will be held today at 9 p.m. ET at The University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Throughout the night, the DNC will forward talking points and press releases from the Biden campaign, and fact check Trump at @DNCWarRoom.

  • Tonight’s debate will be about the Trump administration’s failures over the last four years. As chair of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, Pence owns the administration’s failed coronavirus response more than anyone but Trump.

    • In February, Trump tapped Pence to lead the WH response to the pandemic.

    • Since then, 210,000 Americans have died from COVID-19, more than 7.5 million have been infected, 400,000 small businesses have closed, and millions of Americans have lost their jobs.

  • Now, under Pence’s watch, COVID is surging across the country for the third time.

    • 34 states have more new cases now than a month ago

    • Hospitalizations are rising for the first time in months

    • There is an outbreak in the White House

    • Pence and the administration still do not have a plan to protect their own workplace, much less the country

  • Pence will need to answer for those failures tonight. From the start of the pandemic, Pence and the Trump administration:

    • Lied to the American people about the threat of the virus

    • Contradicted experts

    • Refused to follow the most basic health guidelines

    • Failed to implement a national testing or contact tracing strategy

    • Left states and health care workers without necessary protective equipment

2. NEW: Trump Abandons Negotiations for Coronavirus Relief

Vice President Biden released a statement after Trump abandoned efforts to pass bipartisan coronavirus relief that working families desperately need.

  • Yesterday, Trump abandoned talks that would have helped small businesses, schools, struggling families, and unemployed workers — and saved hundreds of thousands of jobs.

    • Trump simply doesn’t care about working families. He’s only concerned with big corporations and the wealthiest Americans.

  • Because of Trump, there will be no help from Washington for the foreseeable future.

    • Instead of getting families relief, he is rushing a Supreme Court confirmation because he wants the Court to take away your health care as quickly as possible.

      • 74% of Americans believe Congress should take action on COVID relief before a SCOTUS appointment.

  • Trump never really tried to get a deal for struggling Americans.

    • He never attended negotiations or brought Republicans and Democrats together.

    • Nearly 5 months after the House passed the Heroes Act, he hasn’t stepped up to lead.

  • Yesterday, Biden spoke about the need to bring people together to unite our country and to get things done for the American people.

    • That’s what he did when he secured the votes for relief after the last recession, which pulled our nation back from the brink in 2009 and kicked off the longest uninterrupted streak of job growth in our history.

3. Trump’s Positive COVID-19 Test

  • We are grateful the president’s recovery has been swift and successful. But our nation’s COVID crisis is far from over.

  • In the 72 hours that Trump was in the hospital, more than 100,000 more Americans were diagnosed with COVID. And this week, 5,000 more will die.

  • Unlike Trump, Biden has put forward a comprehensive plan to get the virus under control and get Americans back to work again.

    • Experts say universal masking could save nearly 100,000 lives by year’s end. Biden backed a mandate months ago, and has repeatedly called on Trump to back one.

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

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

  • Vice President Biden looks forward to debating Trump in Miami next week, and expects to.

    • The obligation is on Trump to prove he is not contagious ahead of the debate, which will be a town hall with citizens from the South Florida area.

    • This is about keeping everyone in the audience safe.


4. Economic Recovery Slows & Trade Deficit Skyrockets

  • 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.

    • 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.

  • Numbers released yesterday show that Trump’s trade policies have been a failure. Trump promised to “end” trade deficits, but the trade deficit is the highest in more than a decade.

  • 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.

  • The wealthy and big corporations keep getting richer, while middle-class and working families are being left behind by the most unequal recovery in modern history.

  • 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.

    • Biden’s plan to Build Back Better will create millions of good-paying jobs and force big corporations and the wealthy to pay their fair share for a change.

5. 27 Days Until Election Day, 5 Million Votes Have Been Cast

  • While it is 27 days until November 3, 5 million voters have already cast their ballots and thousands more are going to the polls every day.

  • A majority of states are already voting, including Arizona, which starts early voting today, and Nevada, where Clark County mail-in ballots drop today.

    • On the first day of early voting in Ohio yesterday, Columbus saw a roughly 40% increase in votes cast over 2016, with nearly 10 times more Democrats voting than Republicans.

  • 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.

    • Today is the deadline to register to vote in Missouri.

  • 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.

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