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Thursday, October 8, 2020


1. NEW: Senator Harris Won the Debate

2. NEW: Trump Abandons Debate Next Week


3. Economic Recovery Slows as the Unemployment Crisis Continues

4. Trump Abandons Negotiations for Coronavirus Relief

5. 26 Days Until Election Day, 6 Million Votes Have Been Cast


1. NEW: Senator Harris Won the Debate

After last night’s debate, the DNC War Room released a video of Senator Harris calling out Pence for lying about the Trump administration’s record on coronavirus and health care.

  • Last night we saw more of the same lies and interruptions.

    • Pence was completely unable to answer for his and Trump’s failures.

    • Yet again, there was one leader and one liar.

  • In sharp contrast to Pence’s lies, Senator Harris spoke directly to the American people. She spoke to:

    • Families across the country impacted by COVID-19, with over 25 million Americans on unemployment, more than 7 million infected, and over 400,000 small businesses closing their doors.

    • The American people about how the Biden-Harris administration will contain COVID-19, build the economy back better, and bring our country together.

    • Voters at home about what a Biden-Harris White House will mean for their lives and the issues important to them.

  • Trump and Pence have no plan for the issues facing American families.

    • Pence still wouldn’t outline a plan to address the coronavirus.

    • Pence and Trump still don’t have a plan to protect health care for Americans with pre-existing conditions.

    • Pence didn’t answer the moderator’s questions — either to explain the failures of the last four years or what Trump and Pence will do in the next four.

  • Just because Pence doesn’t shout, doesn’t mean he didn’t lie and interrupt. Just because his voice was even, doesn’t mean he was being truthful.

    • Pence mansplained and interrupted Senator Harris and Susan Page.

    • Pence didn’t answer the questions he was asked — because he can’t account for Trump’s failings.

    • Pence was rude, ineffectual, weak.

    • At a time when the Trump-Pence campaign is hemorrhaging women supporters, tonight only increased that problem.

  • Americans see through Trump and Pence’s lies and distortions. They are sick and tired of them. They want leaders who will give it to them straight and have a plan to address the crises we face. That’s what you heard from Senator Harris.


2. NEW: Trump Abandons Debate Next Week

Today, Trump said he would not participate in a virtual debate next week.

  • Vice President Biden was prepared to accept the debate commission’s proposal for a virtual town hall, but Trump chose to avoid questions from voters.

  • Trump’s erratic behavior does not allow him to rewrite the calendar, and pick new dates of his choosing.

    • Trump doesn't make the debate schedule; the Debate Commission does.

  • Biden looks forward to participating in the final debate, scheduled for October 22, which already is tied for the latest debate date in 40 years. Trump can show up, or he can decline again. That's his choice.


3. Economic Recovery Slows as the Unemployment Crisis Continues

  • 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.

    • Over 400,000 small businesses have closed for good.

    • Trump promised to “end” trade deficits, but the trade deficit is the highest in more than a decade.

  • Today, new numbers were released showing nearly 1 in 6 workers (over 25 million Americans) are receiving unemployment assistance.

    • 1.3 million Americans filed new unemployment claims last week.

    • For 29 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.

4. 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.

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

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

    • Yesterday, Trump’s chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow admitted Trump is prioritizing rushing a Supreme Court confirmation over getting relief for working Americans.

      • 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.

  • Biden will 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.

5. 26 Days Until Election Day, 6 Million Votes Have Been Cast

  • While it is 26 days until November 3, 6 million voters have already cast their ballots and thousands more are going to the polls every day.

  • A majority of states are already voting.

    • On the first day of early voting in Ohio this week, 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.

    • Tomorrow is the deadline to register to vote in North Carolina, New York, Oklahoma, and Idaho.

    • But North Carolina and Idaho voters can also register at their polling place during early voting, and Idaho voters can also register on Election Day.

  • 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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