The United States presidential election is in 15 days.
Here is a summary of the top 5 political issues making headlines today.
1. Pelosi sets Tuesday deadline for deal on stimulus
U.S. House House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, has set a Tuesday deadline for Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and her to reach a deal on a second coronavirus stimulus relief bill before Election Day.
“The 48 only relates to if we want to get it done before the election, which we do,” Pelosi said in an interview Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” “But we’re saying to them we have to freeze the design on some of these things.”
Pelosi and Mnuchin have been working for months on a stimulus bill to follow the CARES Act, which provided $1,200 payments for many Americans and additional money if they have children. It went into effect in March
With unemployment high and many businesses still struggling, Democrats have been pushing for a relief bill costing more than $2 trillion. Republicans say that is too high.
Democrats say the dividing issues are about more than money.
“The testing. The tracing. The treatment. The mask-wearing. The separation. The sanitation,” Pelosi said on “This Week,” adding that she was ”hopeful” a deal would be reached.
2. Biden, Trump take aim at flipping a few states
Trump made a rare visit to church, not wearing a mask despite his recent bout of covid-19, before an evening rally in Carson City, Nevada. The state hasn’t voted for a Republican presidential contender since 2004.
Biden, a practicing Catholic, attended Mass in his home state Delaware before flying to North Carolina, which a Democratic presidential candidate hasn’t won since Barack Obama in 2008. According to Reuters, 1.4 million, or 20%, of the state’s registered voters had already voted as of Sunday morning.
In Durham, Biden talked about his plan to help close the economic gap between the races.
Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon said over the weekend that the national figures about Biden’s significant lead are misleading because must-win states are close.
“We cannot become complacent because the very searing truth is that Donald Trump can still win this race, and every indication we have shows that this thing is going to come down to the wire,” she wrote in a memo to donors.
3. Trump less combative in 2nd debate, adviser predicts
U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign senior adviser Jason Miller indicated Sunday that Trump will be less combative toward Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden during their next televised debate October 22 in Nashville, Tennessee.
“When you talk about style and you talk about approach, I do think that President Trump is going to give Joe Biden a little bit more room to explain himself on some of these issues,” Miller said in an interview on “Fox News Sunday.”
“I think this upcoming debate is going to be really important, that the president is … likable, fun, have a good time,” Trump’s first chief of staff, Reece Priebus, told CBS’s “Face the Nation” in an interview. “Let Joe Biden speak, and let Joe Biden defend the Obama economy.”
Trump’s aggressive performance in the first debate prompted the Commission on Presidential Debates to announce potential format changes to “maintain order” and ensure “additional structure.”
The original second debate was canceled when Trump objected to a virtual format after he was diagnosed with the coronavirus.
b. The debate rules aren’t the problem. Donald Trump is. – CNN Politics
4. Whitmer, fellow Democrats fire back at Trump
Trump has frequently blasted Whitmer for the restrictions she has had enforced in her state to help curtail the spread of the coronavirus.
“It’s incredibly disturbing that the president of the United States, 10 days after a plot to kidnap, put me on trial and execute me … is at it again … inciting this kind of domestic terrorism,” Whitmer said.
5. Buttigieg views Barrett as a threat to gay marriage
Former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, who is gay, said he believes his marriage could be under threat in light of the likely confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court extended rights to same-sex marriage in 2015. Barrett’s confirmation would put a sixth conservative jurist on the court as opposed to the three more liberal members.
Democrats have raised concerns about whether the gay-marriage decision could thus be overturned.
During her Senate confirmation hearings this past week, Barrett said it was unlikely a case involving gay marriage would reach the Supreme Court because it would be struck down in a lower district court decision.