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Trump, Biden Post Dueling Pitches For Votes

Trump, Biden Post Dueling Pitches For Votes
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By    |   Friday, 30 October 2020 04:42 PM

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President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden shared the conservative-leaning Fox News website platform on Friday to make simultaneous 11th-hour pitches to its big audience of potential voters,  posting dueling op-eds just four days ahead of Election Day.

Biden’s pitch reflected a central theme of his campaign to date: It was built around his plan to handle the coronavirus pandemic that’s killed as many as 229,000 Americans, and his aim to rebuild the virus-hit economy.

As for the president, he emphasized his first-term record of achievements, and his goal of restoring safety and prosperity in a second four years at the White House.

Though the arguments weren't new -- if you watched either debate between the two men, or their competing town halls on different TV networks, you heard much the same ideas -- the competing op-eds lent a sense of urgency to this presidential campaign as the election clock ticks down.

Biden has largely maintained a lead in polling throughout the race, but his lead has dropped to 3.2 points, according to RealClearPolitics’ averaging of polls in the battleground states of Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Florida and Arizona. He led by 5 points on Oct. 13.

“For eight months, we’ve lived through one of the most devastating tragedies in American history. But even as the numbers mount — with the worst-ever day of confirmed new cases coming just days ago — we cannot become numb to it. We cannot let these lives lost and futures diminished become statistics or background noise — just a blur that passes by on the nightly news,” Biden wrote.  

“Each is an American life that deserved better. And cruelest of all, we know that so much pain could have been avoided if only the president had faced reality and taken action sooner.”

Biden has repeatedly appealed to voters worried about the widening divisions in the country and eager for a message of healing and unity — and to disaffected Republicans. That ambition to cross the aisle and make a direct late-race pitch to Republicans who might be questioning their allegiance to Trump no doubt helps explain the placement of the op-ed on the Fox News homepage.

“Americans need a president who sees the world like they do, and treats everyone with dignity and respect,” he wrote. “On Day One, I’ll mount an aggressive approach to control this virus and get us back to our lives. I’ll make sure that we don’t just recover from this economic slump, but build back better than before — creating an economy that deals everyone in.”

Trump put his pandemic relief efforts — and his pre-pandemic economic success -- on display, arguing he can get the nation back on its feet far more effectively than the rival he has long dubbed "Sleepy Joe."

"Thanks to my emergency economic relief legislation, more than 159 million Americans received direct financial assistance during the pandemic. Meanwhile, our Paycheck Protection Program helped protect 51 million American jobs, allocating over $525 billion in forgivable loans for over 5.2 million small businesses," the president wrote

"As a result of our efforts and the tremendous momentum of the pre-pandemic economy, we’re witnessing the fastest labor market recovery from an economic crisis in history," he added. 

"The American economy grew at an annualized rate of 33.1 percent in the third quarter, another example of the economy beating expectations under my leadership. This is a new record for quarterly economic growth and is nearly double the previous record set 70 years ago."

Fox News has been regularly covering the recent campaign rallies and speeches of both men, Republican Trump and Democratic rival Biden --  airtime Trump sharply criticized Tuesday. He also lashed out at the network, which has long built its audience among conservative Republicans, for “playing [former President Barack] Obama’s no crowd, fake speech” criticizing the president and advocating a vote for Biden.

Fox News host Bret Baier rejected the criticism.

“It’s what we do to cover an important election fairly,” Baier said on his Fox News show Tuesday night.

“Fair, balanced and unafraid. We are ... days from election night. We promise we are going to cover it all fairly and get in the news around the world in between the fast-moving political developments.”

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