The former vice president, meanwhile, began to offer voters his own final argument, setting out his plan to fight the pandemic, with an emphasis on a free vaccine, governor-led mask mandates, a national testing plan, and increased production and distribution of personal protection equipment .
“We have been in this crisis for more than eight months and the president still has no plan. He gave up. He renounced you. He resigned from your family. He resigned from America,” Biden said in a speech in Wilmington, Delaware, on Friday. “He just wants us to go numb and surrender to the horror of this death toll and the pain so many Americans cause.”
Trump’s attacks on Biden’s stance on energy and the climate crisis come at a time when the former vice president is heading to the all-important state of Pennsylvania, which Trump won in 2016 and which could serve as the linchpin for the 2020 election winners.
While they are battling for 20 votes in Pennsylvania, Trump beat up Biden for changing his position on fracking, which is central to the Commonwealth’s economy. Biden made confusing statements about fracking over the course of the 2020 campaign, but he has not proposed a complete ban on fracking as Trump claims. Several Democrats in states with close ties to the energy industry – including two of House’s Most Vulnerable Democratic Incumbents, New Mexico MPs Xochitl Torres Small and Oklahoma MPs Kendra Horn – distanced themselves from Biden’s comments and used them as an opportunity to review an area highlight the disagreement with the tip of the ticket.
During his two rallies in Florida on Friday, Trump highlighted Biden’s claim during Thursday night’s debate that he would “move away from the oil industry, yes” to help tackle the climate crisis by increasingly relying on renewable energy.
After the debate pressured by reporters, Biden clarified that he was referring to ending state subsidies for oil. “At some point we have to switch to oil, but we are not getting rid of fossil fuels,” said Biden. “We’re getting rid of fossil fuel subsidies, but we haven’t been getting rid of fossil fuels for a long time,” he said, adding that “it won’t be gone” until “probably 2050.”
But Trump eliminated every nuance in Biden’s position when he was in Florida on Friday, telling a crowd of seniors in the sprawling community of The Villages that Biden “wants to get rid of the oil industry.”
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Claiming this was the big “whoa” of the Nashville debate, the president again quoted states that he said had affected: “Texas are you watching? Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Ohio are you watching?” Said Trump.
“I think he should have lost five or six states by doing so,” Trump said of Biden’s comments during an evening rally in Pensacola where he told the crowd to be concerned about a possible rise in their gas prices under the Biden presidency.
Trump extended Biden’s comments to the realm of the ridiculous, also claiming in The Villages that Biden’s transition to greater reliance on renewable energy would mean America’s seniors “have no air conditioning in summer, no heat in winter, and no electricity at peak times “. “He also falsely claimed that Biden’s plans included” getting rid of planes “.
Trump has made deregulation of the environment a trademark of his presidency. Earlier in the day, the Department of Energy passed a rule introducing a new class of dishwashers that critics say could bypass important environmental regulations.
The president’s energy fear tactic was part of his broader argument on Friday that the choice is a choice between a “Trump Super Recovery” or a Biden “Depression”.
The Trump campaign quickly linked Biden’s comments on oil debates with changes in his stance on fracking in a new ad airing in Pennsylvania. The latter falsely claims that the former vice president will “end fracking” and is willing to sacrifice worker jobs if you do.
Trump campaign officials announced Friday that they had raised $ 26 million for the campaign and its affiliated GOP committees as a result of the debate. They said this would be reelection’s biggest digital donation day. But Biden and Equal Democratic Committees had a cash advantage of more than $ 107 million in recent fundraisers in the final weeks of the campaign. Biden had a lead in Pennsylvania – 53% to 43% among the likely voters – but none of the candidates led to Florida, according to CNN polls released this week. After an early personal vote in the Sunshine State on Saturday, Trump tried again to cast doubt on the mail-in vote, saying his chosen method was “much safer” – an assessment that experts disagreed with.
Biden is promoting pandemic plans if cases increase
Although Trump told his audience at The Villages to “be careful about social distancing and all those things,” including “wearing a mask when you can’t socially distancing yourself,” many members of the crowd at his large outdoor rally didn’t wear them Masks Friday. And on a day that Biden outlined more detailed plans to fight the pandemic, Trump ignored recent warnings from the country’s top health experts that the country is in a darkening phase of the pandemic.
While maintaining his optimistic tone, Trump falsely claimed on Friday that “we will end this pandemic quickly” and that “normal life will be fully resumed”. He also predicted that next year will be “the greatest marketing year in our country’s history”.
In contrast, the US surgeon general Dr. Jerome Adams that this week will likely “mark our highest number of cases that we have ever had daily in the United States”. Speaking at the Meridian Global Leadership Summit, he said hospital stays, which generally lag behind cases, are increasing in 75% of jurisdictions across the country. This trend has often been followed by an increase in deaths.
Build your own path to 270 votes with CNN’s interactive mapBiden on Friday outlined his four top priorities in fighting the Wilmington, Delaware pandemic, saying wearing masks should be compulsory. that it would increase the amount of personal protective equipment for workers; that he would expand access to testing across the country and work towards making the Covid-19 vaccine free.
“Last night we saw the President of the United States lied to the American people and repeatedly lied about the state of this pandemic,” Biden said. “President Trump said we turn the corner, it goes away, we learn to live with it. … But as I told him last night, we don’t learn to live with it; we learn it, die with it. This is a dark winter before you. ”
The former vice president called Trump “ruthless” and urged Americans to choose another route. “We don’t need to be held captive by this government’s failure.” And he sharply criticized the president’s handling of the pandemic.
“If this is a success, what does a failure look like? We have been in this crisis for more than eight months and the president still has no plan,” said Biden. “He gave up. He left you. He left your family. He left America.”
During an interview with CNN’s Erin Burnett on Friday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease specialist, said the country is now in control of its own fate and that it is time to “double the kind of public health action” we have been talking about for so long. “
Fauci stressed that taking control of the virus does not mean forcing another economic shutdown, but rather doing basic things that can slow the spread of the virus, including wearing a mask, frequent hand washing, social distancing, and avoiding the crowds.
“They sound very simple, but we don’t do it consistently and that’s one of the reasons we see these waves,” said Fauci on “Erin Burnett Out Front.”
A new model study released this week found that more than 100,000 lives could be saved by February if 95% of Americans wore masks in public. Fauci said he understood the argument that mask mandates could create new challenges because they needed to be enforced. But he said, “If people don’t wear masks, maybe we should make it mandatory.”
He said it was important for the public to avoid indoor group settings as much as possible in favor of outdoor settings: “We will lose control of it if we don’t,” said Fauci.
“That’s why, as much as I can, I am essentially begging the American public to please take these things seriously,” Fauci added. “We can turn it around.”
This story was updated with additional developments on Saturday.