The United States presidential election is in 2 days.
Here is a summary of the top 5 political issues making headlines today.
1. Trump, Biden make final pleas for votes in battleground states
U.S. President Donald Trump made final pitches in five battleground states Sunday with the rising number of coronavirus cases and his handling of the pandemic shadowing his last-gasp efforts to win reelection.
Most polls show Trump trailing Democratic challenger Joe Biden nationally and in key battleground states two days before the November 3 elections.
When rallying supporters in Michigan and Iowa on Sunday, Trump tried to shift the focus of the race to the economy, his Democratic opponent Joe Biden’s positions and the president’s allegations of corruption involving Biden and Biden’s son Hunter.
Trump talked about the U.S. economy rebounding in the third quarter while complaining that “the fake news hardly makes it a story.” He also told supporters in Michigan that the former vice president is “all about lockdowns” and “the Biden plan is to imprison you in your home.”
“This election is a choice between the Biden depression,” Trump said, “or you can have the greatest economic boom in the history of our country.”
At the Sharon Baptist Church in Philadelphia on Sunday, Biden offered a different view, saying change was in voters’ hands and pledged that if elected, he would “act to get Covid under control.”
“It’s almost criminal the way he has handled it,” Biden said of Trump
Biden plans to travel Monday to Ohio where polls show the race tightening in a state Trump won by 8 percentage points in 2016.
“Biden’s performance across the electoral map appears to put him in a stronger position heading into Election Day than any presidential candidate since at least 2008, when in the midst of a global economic crisis Barack Obama captured the White House with 365 Electoral College votes and Mr. Biden at his side,” The New York Times said Sunday.
a. How Trump Could Shock the World Again – The Atlantic
2. Trump adviser says he is going to win battleground south
Jason Miller predicted on Sunday that the U.S. battleground state in America’s south and southwest would not abandon U.S. President Donald Trump as many polls show them doing.
A senior aide to Trump, Miller said on ABC’s “This Week: “We feel very good. We think that President Trump is going to hold all the Sunbelt states that he won previously.
Miller was referring mostly to Arizona, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina.
FiveThirtyEight’s polling averages show Biden ahead in each state, including the always competitive Florida.
“If you speak with many smart Democrats, they believe that President Trump will be ahead on election night, probably getting 280 electoral (votes) somewhere in that range, and then they’re going to try to steal it back after the election,” Miller said Sunday.
“I said I believe that we’re going to win all of them. There are multiple pathways.”
a. ‘Voters are fed up’: will Arizona’s suburbs abandon the party of Trump? – The Guardian
b. Political scientists make battleground state predictions – UC Riverside
3. Expect Whites without college educations to play big role
Whites without college educations will again play a big part in the U.S. presidential election just as they did in 2016 when Republican Donald Trump was elected, at least one pollster says.
Polling expert Bill McInturff said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday: “Look at the states with a huge number of white non-college who’ve not yet voted: Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. This election is gonna come down to those states again.”
“Among the roughly 3 out of 10 people who say they have not voted yet, they’re voting for Donald Trump by almost 30 points,” he said
Due largely to the coronavirus pandemic, early voting in the United States has shattered all previous numbers.
More than 91.6 million Americans have voted so far.
These votes represent about 43% of registered voters nationwide, according to a survey of election officials in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., by CNN, Edison Research and Catalist.
b. Biden Leads With White Votes As Signs Grow Of Enormous Democratic Wave – Politicus USA
4. Biden transition team hard at work — in case
It is an issue getting attention like never before in a U.S. presidential race.
Will the incumbent, in this case, Republican U.S. President Donald Trump, eventually commit to an orderly transition of power should he lose the election?
Trump has dodged questions on the matter, questioned the possible fairness of the outcome and even said bedlam is going to take place after Election Day.
With a legal challenge to the results in some states likely, CNN reports that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has assembled a large and growing transition team — about 150 people now — to not only handle possible legal issues but to prepare him to take over on January 20, 2021, should he win the November 3 race.
The Trump White House is cooperating in preparations. But, as CNN reports, potential roadblocks from Trump and his administration remain.
“Similar to past transitions, the Biden transition team is currently doing everything from preparing for personnel changes to generating lists of potential appointments to reviewing potential policy implementation to researching executive orders that a President Biden could issue in the earliest days of his presidency,” CNN said on its website.
The headline issues will be picking those to serve in a Biden cabinet, with possible names surfacing more frequently the more likely a victory by the former vice president has seemed.
CNN says Biden has been kept informed about the work of the transition team but “he is superstitious and not inclined to make any major decisions before he knows that he has won the election.”
a. The Election That Could Break America – The Atlantic
5. Trump supporters demonstrate at attorney general’s house
About a dozen male pro-Trump demonstrators showed up outside of the suburban Virginia home of U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Saturday, demanding he investigate and prosecute Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
USA Today reported the men were wearing clothing adorned with such slogans “Hillary for Prison,” Biden Lies Matter” and “Equal Justice Is Coming.”
Trump and his campaign have accused Biden of corruption and focused on the ties of Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden with Ukrainian officials and companies.
Trump’s asking the Ukrainian president to investigate the Bidens was the focus of the impeachment proceedings against the president last year.
According to Associated Press reporter Mike Balsamo, a Department of Justice official said Barr went outside and met with the demonstrators, explained his role in any investigation, shook their hands and took photographs with them.
b. The story of Hunter Biden and the diminishing returns to disinformation – The Economist