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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

MESSAGE OF THE DAY

1. Day 3: Senate Hearing on Nomination of Amy Coney Barrett

2. Trump’s Reckless Behavior Worsens Coronavirus Crisis

NEWS OF THE DAY

3. 20 Days Until Election Day, More Than 13 Million Votes Have Been Cast


MESSAGE OF THE DAY

1. Day 3: Senate Hearing on Nomination of Amy Coney Barrett

Today is the third day of Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, with each senator alloted 20 minutes to ask questions.


  • Senate Republicans are holding rushed and unsafe committee hearings to push a Supreme Court nominee they want to take health care away from millions of Americans and overturn Roe v. Wade.

    • The majority of Americans believe the winner of this year’s election should select Justice Ginsburg’s replacement. More than 13 million Americans have already voted.


  • At yesterday’s hearing, Democrats used Barrett’s record to show why Republicans are rushing to confirm her — because they know she will overturn the Affordable Care Act and Roe v. Wade, stripping health care away from millions of Americans.

    • While Barrett dodged questions, she has repeatedly criticized the Affordable Care Act, which the Supreme Court will consider tearing down in just four weeks.

    • If Trump succeeds and Barrett helps overturn the ACA, 20 million people could lose their health insurance and as many as 133 million Americans with preexisting conditions will lose coverage protections.


  • While Republicans and Trump have dragged their feet getting relief to the millions of Americans hurt by COVID and Trump’s recession, they are rushing to confirm a new justice because they want to overturn the Affordable Care Act.



2. Trump’s Reckless Behavior Worsens Coronavirus Crisis

Yesterday, the DNC War Room released a new television ad, “Tested Positive,” that highlights how, even after contracting the coronavirus, Trump continues to put lives at risk by ignoring experts, holding superspreader events, and lying to the American people.


  • Trump’s reckless and erratic behavior is making the coronavirus crisis worse.


  • Trump is endangering Americans by continuing to lie about COVID-19 while restarting potential superspreader events.

    • Even after Dr. Fauci said Trump hosted a “superspreader event” and warned that Trump’s crowded in-person rallies were “asking for trouble,” Trump has ignored public health guidelines and held packed, largely maskless rallies.

    • Trump misled Americans by using Dr. Fauci’s months-old comments out of context and without his permission in a campaign ad, and this morning is attacking Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert.


  • Instead of working to get relief to Americans struggling through his pandemic crisis and recession, Trump abandoned relief negotiations that would have helped small businesses, schools, struggling families, and unemployed workers — and saved hundreds of thousands of jobs.

    • Trump admitted he is delaying relief to working Americans for political reasons.

    • Trump’s chief economic adviser admitted Trump is rushing a Supreme Court confirmation instead of getting relief for working Americans.


  • Trump’s failure to contain the virus has led to the U.S. leading the world in cases and deaths.

    • Infections are rising across the country with more than 20 states hitting record highs for new cases and more than half of states in the “red zone” for new cases.

    • Instead of getting the virus under control, Trump is embracing a fringe “herd immunity” approach that could cause millions of unnecessary deaths.


NEWS OF THE DAY

3. 20 Days Until Election Day, More Than 13 Million Votes Have Been Cast

Yesterday, the DNC released new, state-specific voter education videos featuring former President Barack Obama, encouraging Americans to visit IWillVote.com to learn about options to cast their ballot and to make a plan to vote today.


  • While it is 20 days until November 3, more than 13 million voters have already cast their ballots — about 10% of the ballots cast in 2016 — and more than a million more are voting every day.


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


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

    • A record 16.9 million Texans are registered to vote, with a record-breaking 97% of eligible voters in Travis County registered.

    • Today is the deadline to register to vote in Wisconsin by mail or online, although voters can continue to register in-person and at the polls on Election Day.


  • Democrats have a huge lead in ballots cast so far — we have requested and returned 50% more ballots than Republicans.

    • Yesterday, voters across Texas turned out in massive numbers for the first day of early voting, with records broken in Harris, Dallas, and El Paso counties.

    • Democrats far outpace Republicans in early votes in battleground states including Pennsylvania, Maine, Iowa, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, and Colorado.

    • Today, early voting starts in Kansas, Rhode Island, and Tennessee, and ballots are mailed in Hawaii, Kansas, Nevada and Oregon.


  • 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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