White House chief of staff Mark Meadows tempered expectations about a possible investigation into Hunter Biden. ’It’s not necessarily at the top of our priority list in this last 13 days, but as we’re looking at that, we think an independent special counsel might be the best medicine for this,’ Meadows said, stressing he does not expect anything to come out of it before elections.
In an interview with ’60 Minutes’, President Donald Trump said that he would like the Affordable Care Act to be struck down by the Supreme Court. The President also said that he would then introduce his own health care plan once the case is ruled on. Terming ObamaCare a ’disaster’, President Trump said his proposed healthcare plan would be less expensive, too.
A New York Times/Siena poll has claimed that President Trump holds a 7 point lead over former Vice President Joe Biden in Kansas. President Trump had won the state in 2016 by nearly 20 points. 48 percent of the respondents of the poll said they would vote for the President, while 41 percent said they would vote for Mr. Biden. 4 percent would vote for Jo Jorgensen, and 6 percent are undecided.
Reacting to former president Barack Obama’s return to the campaign trail to rally support for Joe Biden, President Trump dismissed his potential impact on the election. ’There is nobody that campaigned harder for ’Crooked’ Hillary Clinton than Obama. He was all over the place,’ Trump said. Obama, on Wednesday, delivered his first in-person speech on behalf of Biden at an event in Philadelphia.
President Trump teased the release of an unedited version of his interview with Lesley Stahl. Calling it a ’vicious attempted ’takeout’ interview,’ Trump said, ’Watch her constant interruptions & anger. Compare my full, flowing and ’magnificently brilliant’ answers to their ’Q’s’’. Separately, CBS in a tweet said Trump was asked about his priorities, before he cut short the interview.
Former president Obama returned to the campaign trail launching a blistering attack on President Trump. ’I am asking you to believe in Joe’s ability and Kamala’s ability to lead this country,’ Obama said. He criticized Trump on his business dealings in China, handling of the pandemic, besides noting a divisive rhetoric. ’We’ve got to turn out like never before,’ he said encouraging people to vote.
As members of the Republican Party advanced the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to a full Senate vote, Democrats in the Senate are coming together to express their opposition to her nomination to the Supreme Court. Commenting on the nomination, Chuck Schumer, the Senate Minority Leader said that the Democrats would not ’lend a single ounce of legitimacy to this awful, awful hearing.’
The office of Senator Mitt Romney confirmed that he did not vote for President Donald Trump during the 2020 presidential election. The office, however, did not reveal if Senator Romney voted for Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden or not. The Utah Senator has consistently criticized President Trump and hit out against him for the President’s refusal to denounce QAnon.
Reacting to the decision by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) to include a mute button to allow each candidate to speak without being interrupted, Joe Biden said he thought it was a ’good idea’. ’I think there should be more limitations on us not interrupting one another,’ Biden said pointing to the 148 times he was allegedly interrupted by President Trump in the first debate.
As per Time Magazine, the purported Hunter Biden emails shared by The New York Post last week were shopped around in Ukraine for $5M last year, while Rudy Giuliani met with officials and businessmen there. People in the know, referred to by Time, did not know if the emails were real, or whether they were the same material that has since been leaked to the Post. The FBI is investigating the emails.
The US Senate Judiciary Committee went ahead with the vote to confirm President Trump’s pick Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court. Democratic senators refused to show up in protest of the Republicans’ rush to install Barrett. Senator Kamala Harris tweeted calling the process a ’sham’ and accused the GOP of ’stopping at nothing’ to deny healthcare to Americans with pre-existing health conditions.
Supreme Court granted a request Wednesday from the state of Alabama to prohibit voters from casting their ballots curbside, an accommodation sought by Covid-vulnerable voters in the state. The 5-3 order was unsigned, but Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Stephen Breyer, dissented. A federal district court had concluded that curbside voting was a reasonable measure to protect voters.
The fundraising filings from the Joe Biden and the Donald Trump campaigns show the former is leading the latter with three times more cash as the race for the presidency enters its last leg. Democratic nominee Biden had more than $177 million cash as of September 30, while Trump had $63.1 million. In September, Biden hauled $281 million, which is more than three times the $81 million Trump raised.
With 12 days to go until Election Day on Nov 3, Trump and Biden have their final chance to make their case in front of a massive national audience which will be watching and listening on radio, TV and online, as the two make their appearance on the final presidential debate. The topics are fighting COVID-19, American families, national security, leadership, climate change and race in America.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that while she believed negotiations with the White House could produce a deal on a fresh stimulus bill, this may not happen until after the election. Pelosi continued talks with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Wednesday. Pelosi and Mnuchin are hammering out the details of a relief package that could be in the range of US$2.2T.
A Quinnipiac University survey has shown that Democratic nominee Joe Biden leading President Trump by 8 percentage points among likely voters in the key battleground of Pennsylvania. It found Biden had 51% support versus Trump’s 43%, while 5% said they were undecided. Biden’s lead over Trump came down since Quinnipiac’s October 7 poll in the state, which was 54% to 41% in Biden’s favor then.
Karl Rove, the former deputy chief of staff of the White House said that with merely 12 days to go for Election Day on November 3, it would be more ’effective’ for the presidential campaign of President Trump to focus on the economy rather than the Hunter Biden ’scandal.’ Rove also referred to an op-ed by Marc Thiessen in which he said that Trump needs to win over ’reluctant voters.’
President Trump marked his sixth visit to North Carolina since the GOP convention in Charlotte in late August, and criticized Governor Roy Cooper, the media and Senate Democrats as he campaigned in the state. Governor Cooper had earlier in the day extended ’phase 3’ restrictions on occupancy at bars, theaters and entertainment venues until Nov. 13, and President Trump criticized him for the same.
President Donald Trump campaigned in key battleground state Pennsylvania, speaking for an hour at Erie International Airport on Tuesday. Trump said he would not have campaigned there had the coronavirus pandemic not hurt his re-election prospects. Erie is a small but politically important city in Pennsylvania. Biden campaigned in Erie on October 12.
Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele endorsed Joe Biden on Tuesday. Steele was the first African American to serve as chairman of the RNC. Steele joined the Lincoln Project in August. ’Trump has energized the party by focusing on stoking division and eroding our core principles’, Steele said in a statement. Marc Racicot, another ex-RNC chair, and endorsed Biden in Sept.
Mary Trump, the niece of President Donald Trump on Tuesday said that people should stop expecting the President to ’abide by the rules’ during the presidential debates. She also further said that moderators and the public should stop considering Mr. Trump as a ’normal candidate.’ Mary Trump also described her uncle’s debate behavior as ’exhausting.’
Former president Barack Obama is set to make his first appearance on the campaign trail on Wednesday for Joe Biden. Obama will travel to Philadelphia to campaign on behalf of the Joe and Sen. Kamala Harris and encourage Pennsylvanians to vote early, the Biden campaign said. Trump has gained ground on Biden in Pennsylvania, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Monday.
With the Presidential elections a little less than two weeks away, Senate Democrats blocked a narrow $500 billion coronavirus relief plan which had been introduced by members of the Republican Party. The GOP initiative failed to clear the 60 vote threshold required to move forward, and was identical to the Senate GOP bill Democrats rejected in September.
Lawyers working for Jones Day, a firm which provides counsel to the re-election campaign of President Donald Trump have donated almost $90,000 to the presidential campaign of former Vice President Joe Biden. A report has further claimed that the lawyers only gave $50 to the Trump campaign. The firm has been paid $4.5 million since 2019 by the Trump campaign to act as outside counsel.