Trump, Biden to Speak Hours Apart in Tampa

Both candidates are focused on getting out the vote
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 29, 2020 4:14 AM CDT
Trump, Biden to Speak Hours Apart in Tampa
Joe Biden appears on a "Zoom with Oprah Winfrey" virtual show at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del., Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Trump and Joe Biden are set to chase votes in Florida, a state all but essential to the Republican's pathway to another term as both nominees turn their focus to encouraging voters to turn out on Election Day. Trump and Biden will appear in Tampa hours apart on Thursday, visiting the western end of the state’s Interstate 4 corridor, the area known for its rapid residential growth, sprawling suburbs, and status as an ever-changing, hard-fought battleground during presidential elections, the AP reports. The visit comes as Biden has framed his closing argument to voters on responsible management of the COVID-19 pandemic and Trump promises that the nation is on course to "vanquish the virus" even as it sets records for confirmed new infections.

"Even if I win, it’s going to take a lot of hard work to end this pandemic," Biden said Wednesday during a speech in Wilmington, Delaware. "I do promise this: We will start on day one doing the right things." Trump spent Wednesday in Arizona, where relaxed rules on social distancing made staging big rallies easier. Thousands gathered in close proximity without wearing masks—a trend that was expected to continue through more than a dozen events in the final sprint to Election Day. More than 73 million Americans have already voted, absentee or by mail, and Trump and Biden are trying to energize the millions more who will vote in person on Tuesday. Biden heads later in the week to three more states Trump won in 2016: Iowa, Wisconsin, and Michigan, where he’ll hold a joint Saturday rally with Barack Obama.

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