The United States presidential election is in 21 days.
Here is a summary of the top 5 political issues making headlines today.
1. Healthcare an early focus Barrett’s confirmation hearings
The US Senate Judiciary Committee opened Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett on Monday with healthcare and the Affordable Care Act among the issues of concern among Democrats.
Republicans, led by Committee Chairman Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, defended holding the hearings despite the Covid-19 pandemic and praised Barrett’s qualifications.
“This administration, with the support of Senate Republicans, will be in front of the Supreme Court on November 10, to argue that the entire Affordable Care Act should be struck down,” Senator Kamala Harris of California, the Democratic vice presidential nominee and a member of the Judiciary Committee, said.
“If they succeed, it will result in millions of people losing access to health care at the worst possible time — in the middle of the pandemic,” she said. She spoke remotely from an office because of the virus.
The Supreme Court may gut the Affordable Care Act. What’s next? – CNBC
2. Cuomo rebuffs rumors about being Biden’s attorney general
Cuomo shot down a Sunday report from Axios claiming that “Democrats are so convinced that … Cuomo could be considered for Joe Biden’s attorney general that aides at the National Governors Association, which Cuomo chairs, are looking into contingencies for replacing him.”
“I said I would serve as governor, and those rumors, those are only from people who want to get me out of New York. I don’t know why but that’s where that’s coming from,” Cuomo said.
Andrew Cuomo said he’ll never run for president. That’s a mistake. – CNN
3. Trump goes back on campaign trail
US President Donald Trump returned to the campaign trail in Florida on Monday night, less than two weeks after testing positive for coronavirus, giving an outdoor speech at Sanford airport as he plans to visit four battleground states over the next four days.
Florida is a state he must win to have any hope of re-election of winning reelection, analysts say.
It is an incredibly diverse population of 22 million. Hispanics account for a little over 23 percent of the population and those over 65 make up a significant percentage as well.
4. More than 7 million Americans have already voted
Almost 7.1 million have already sent in mail-in ballots or voted in person, according to the US Elections Project.
The number is almost 10 times the number of voters who had voted early by this point in 2016.
Ballots in 38 states, whether by mail or through some form of in-person early voting, surpassed 35 million this week.
5. John McCain’s mother dies
The late senator and Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s mother died on Monday at age 108, according to his widow, Cindy McCain. “It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my wonderful Mother In-law, Roberta McCain,” Cindy McCain tweeted:
The McCain matriarch was a frequent presence on the campaign trail when her son sought the presidency in 2008.