The vice presidential candidates visit Kenosha the week after Joe Biden and President Trump, who has lashed out at rivals.
Despite being a public holiday in the United States, Vice President Mike Pence and the Democratic candidate for office, Kamala Harris, traveled to Wisconsin on Monday, a critical state in the face of the November 3 elections and that week Last week, both President Trump and his rival Joe Biden visited.
In what has been his first visit to one of the states that can lean both sides in the presidential elections, Harris met with the relatives of Jacob Blake, the African American who was shot seven times in the back by white policemen on August 23. in Kenosha, a city in southeastern Wisconsin, sparking protests that ended in three violent nights. Trump wanted to take advantage of the riots to fuel his narrative that chaos will take over cities if Democrats win. That is the message that Vice President Pence has carried on his behalf on Monday, who has said that Biden would perpetuate “policies that have literally led to violence in large American cities.”
The same day presence of rival vice presidential candidates, a week after Trump and Biden visited, demonstrates the importance both campaigns attach to Wisconsin in the November elections. In 2016, Trump won by less than one percentage point (just 23,000 votes) in this state, where he had not won a Republican presidential candidate since Ronald Reagan in 1984. Now Biden has a stable but tight lead in the polls.
Like Biden did last week, Harris has spoken by phone with Blake himself, who is still recovering from his injuries in hospital. Afterwards, she has met with union members and African American business owners in Kenosha. Pence has visited a power station, and then has delivered a speech in Kenosha.
Donald Trump, for his part, has held a press conference at the White House in which he has lashed out harshly against his rivals. He has said that Biden is “a stupid person” and that Harris “is not competent.” The president, who is confident that he will be able to announce a coronavirus vaccine in October and that this will improve his expectations for re-election, has accused Biden of spreading “reckless anti-vaccine rhetoric” because his rival has suggested that there may be political motivations behind the commitment to speed up the deadline and commercialize the vaccine even if the required clinical trials have not been completed. “Biden wants to hand our country over to the virus,” Trump has said.
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