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WATCH: Biden Says He Wouldn’t Stand In The Way Of A Trump Prosecution – NPR

Joe Biden says that he believes prosecuting a former president would be a “very unusual thing and probably not very … good for democracy,” but he would not stand in the way of a future Justice Department pursuing criminal charges against President Trump after he leaves office.

The comments from the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee came during a virtual interview Tuesday with members from the National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

“Look, the Justice Department is not the president’s private law firm. The attorney general is not the president’s private lawyer. I will not interfere with the Justice Department’s judgment of whether or not they think they should pursue the prosecution of anyone that they think has violated the law,” Biden told NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro.

Trump has been connected with alleged illegal activity by his former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen and investigators working for former special counsel Robert Mueller. What isn’t clear is whether federal authorities are investigating the president or whether prosecutors might take action against Trump if he no longer enjoyed the privileges that protect him from being indicted as a sitting president.

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Biden made clear that any future prosecution against Trump would not be directed by him if he’s elected president.

“In terms of saying, ‘I think the president violated the law. I think the president did this, therefore, go on and prosecute him’ — I will not do that,” he said.

“If [a case] prove[s] to be a criminal offense, then in fact, that would be up to the attorney general to decide whether he or she wanted to proceed with it. I am not going to make that individual judgment,” Biden added.

Sen. Kamala Harris of California told The NPR Politics Podcast last year that if elected president, her administration’s Department of Justice would bring criminal charges against Trump after his presidency, saying, “I believe that they would have no choice.” Harris is a top contender on Biden’s shortlist for vice president.

Immigration

Biden also told Garcia-Navarro that he would not tear down parts of the wall along the U.S. southern border built during the Trump administration, but he vowed to end its construction.

When asked about asylum-seekers waiting in camps in Mexico due to the Trump administration’s policy known as “Remain in Mexico,” Biden said reversing Trump’s policies will have to be done with care.

“Because if we just say, ‘OK, all done. I’ve withdrawn the order,’ you’re going to have a crisis on the other side of the border as well,” Biden said. “And we shouldn’t be putting these people when they come across the border in jail; we should be monitoring them.”

Watch Biden’s response on rolling back Trump immigration policy:

The controversial “Remain in Mexico” policy, officially named the Migrant Protection Protocols, was first implemented in January 2019 and mandates that asylum-seekers coming through Mexico wait outside the U.S. while their immigration proceedings take place. As NPR’s Vanessa Romo reported, the policy has led to 60,000 migrants getting sent back across the border, with tens of thousands still there.

The U.S. Supreme Court decided in March to allow the program to continue.

Biden added that a push for more humanitarian resources is needed and said that Immigration and Customs Enforcement “is going to go back to school.”

“The idea that ICE is sitting outside of a Mass on Sunday to arrest a parent coming out as undocumented, the idea that they’re going to schools, the idea they’re going to doctors’ appointments is wrong,” Biden said. “You have so many young children, so many young children under enormous … psychological pressure wondering whether or not they’re going to come home and there’s going to be no one there.”

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Choosing a running mate

Biden declined to offer new insight into his thinking for a vice presidential pick, telling the journalists, “You’ll find out shortly.”

CBS’ Errol Barnett pointed to reports that former Sen. Chris Dodd, who’s on Biden’s vice presidential search committee, has been critical of Harris for not having a more conciliatory tone toward Biden in the early primary debates.

“Well, [Dodd] didn’t say that to the press. He was talking to somebody offline, and it was repeated,” Biden said. “Now, I don’t hold grudges, and I’ve made it really clear that I don’t hold grudges. I think it was a debate. It’s as simple as that. And she’s very much in contention.”

Watch Biden’s response on VP speculation:

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Reopening schools and businesses

Biden said it’s challenging to foresee what the country would look like in January if he were entering office then, but he said he would scale back reopenings in places seeing spikes of the coronavirus if he were president today.

“Everyone, wherever there is a significant percentage of people with COVID, should be required to keep social distancing and masks,” Biden said. “Bars should not be open. There should not be congregations of more than 10 people.”

As for the Trump administration’s desire to reopen schools this fall, Biden said it only works if it’s done safely.

“Look, I want our schools to open. The question is, will the president do the work he needs to make them safe? Just ordering your schools to open, like Trump has done, isn’t going to be good enough,” he said.

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Biden’s plan includes giving school districts “uniform guidance without political interference” on safety protocols for schools that are able to reopen, directing resources to districts to implement guidance and bolstering virtual learning for districts that can’t reopen safely.

“Start working now to close the learning gap in terms of distance learning because of COVID. President Trump should stop tweeting and start doing his work,” he said.

Election security

“Frankly, this is the thing that keeps me up most nights,” Biden said in response to a question from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution‘s Tia Mitchell about voter confidence in a secure election. “Making sure everyone who wants to vote gets to vote, making sure that everyone’s vote is counted. And we’re going to undertake a historic effort in terms of resources, commitment to beat back every voter suppression effort.”

“No campaign has ever built anything to the scale that we’ve built to make sure we can get out the vote. We have a major, major dedicated operation in states to address the head-on voter suppression in any form that it’s going to take, and steps we can take to go to court as well,” he said.

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The pandemic has caused election experts to worry about a shortage of poll workers for the general election, and states are preparing for an increase in mail-in voting this fall.

The White House has repeatedly advanced conspiracy theories surrounding the integrity of mail-in voting, and Trump went so far as to suggest delaying the November election based off the false claim that mail-in voting can be “rigged.”

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Biden VP search narrows to Kamala Harris and Susan Rice, report says – New York Post

August 5, 2020 | 5:27pm | Updated August 6, 2020 | 9:50am

Joe Biden’s veep list has reportedly narrowed to two candidates: Sen. Kamala Harris and Susan Rice.

According to an Axios report published Wednesday, the Democratic nominee, 77, is holed up in his Delaware home, where his campaign is in the final stages of vetting a handful of potential running mates.

But people close to Biden believe his search has narrowed to either Kamala Harris, the Democrat senator from California, or Susan Rice, President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, and they would be “surprised if he picks anyone else,” the report said.

A third contender is California Rep. Karen Bass, but her stock appears to have fallen in recent weeks after years-old comments of her praising Scientology and Cuban dictator Fidel Castro surfaced.

Biden previously said he would announce his running mate on Aug. 1, but is now not expected to name his veep until at least Aug. 10.

At age 77, Biden would be the oldest president ever elected and has signaled that he will only serve one term, making his VP pick all the more important.

He has committed to choosing a woman to join his ticket and, under pressure to choose someone of color, said last month there were four black women on his shortlist.

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Clyburn: Biden needs VP pick who has ‘a lot of passion’ | TheHill – The Hill

House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), a top ally to presumptive Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Three arrested in Twitter hack | Trump pushes to break up TikTok | House approves 0M for election security Wisconsin Republicans raise questions about death of Black Trump supporter Trump holds mini-rally at Florida airport MORE, said the former vice president needs to pick a running mate who has “a lot of passion.” 

Speaking on MSNBC, Clyburn said a passionate candidate could complement Biden’s compassion and help motivate voters to cast their ballots in November. 

“Joe Biden is a guy full of compassion. He has much more compassion than he exhibits passion. So he needs a running mate with a lot of passion to connect to voters. Biden has the greatest heart that I’ve ever encountered in politics. He is not a ‘rah rah’ guy that will motivate people. But he is the kind of guy you want to help put the policy together,” he said.

WATCH: As Joe Biden prepares to announce his VP pic, Rep. @ClyburnSC06 (D-S.C.) says: “[Biden] has much more compassion than he exhibits passion. So he needs a running mate with a lot of passion.” pic.twitter.com/HkQ7SjCuMo

— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) July 31, 2020

The remarks come in the final days of Biden’s search for a running mate, whom he said he would announce in the first week of August.

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Speculation over who Biden would tap to be his No. 2 has hit a fever pitch, with several reports casting Harris as a front-runner for the job but also maintaining that contenders like Duckworth, Bass and Rice are still very much in the running.

When asked if it was more important to pick a governing partner or a campaigning partner, Clyburn said “the first thing you’ve got to do is get elected.”

“So at this point in time, I’m thinking the former vice president needs to go about the business of doing the polling that’s necessary to see who would complement the ticket, do the kind of vetting that’s necessary to make sure you don’t have any distractions, and then let his head and heart take a look at this issue so that he can get to where he says is ‘simpatico.’ That, to me, is what’s important,” he said, adding that he likes all the contenders Biden is considering.

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Biden Holds Double-Digit Leads Over Trump in Minnesota, Pennsylvania: Polls – Newsweek

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CNN Poll of Polls: Biden maintains double-digit lead over Trump nationally, with coronavirus a top issue – CNN

(CNN)Former Vice President Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump by a significant 12-point margin nationally, according to a CNN Poll of Polls released Monday.

Biden garners 52% support among registered voters, with 40% supporting Trump.
The poll of polls includes the five most recent national telephone polls measuring the views of registered voters. The polls were all taken as coronavirus cases in the United States continue to rise, and the President maintains that the situation is under control while calling for a complete reopening of the economy and schools.
The ongoing outbreak is giving Biden a big advantage in the general election, with recent polling showing voter preference for his approach to the issue.
Almost 3 in 10 (29%) of voters in a Fox News poll released Sunday said coronavirus is the most important issue facing the country, well ahead of any other issue named by poll respondents. Fifteen percent of respondents said the economy is the most important issue and 10% said it was issues surrouding race relations, race issues and the police.
A majority in the polls released find Americans overall trust Biden over Trump to handle the coronavirus outbreak. Fifty-four percent say they trust Biden while 34% trust Trump, a 20-point edge, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Approval of Trump’s handling of coronavirus has also gone down — 37% of voters approved and 59% disapproved, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll last week. In June, 43% voters approved of his handling of the pandemic while 55% disapproved.
The CNN Poll of Polls is an average of the five most recent non-partisan, live operator, national telephone surveys on the general election matchup between Biden and Trump among registered voters. The poll of polls includes results from the Fox News poll conducted July 12-15, the Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted July 12-15, the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll conducted July 9-12, the Quinnipiac University poll (undefined) conducted July 9-13 and the Monmouth University poll conducted June 26-30. The poll of polls does not have a margin of sampling error.

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Joe Biden says Russians are trying to meddle in 2020 election – New York Post

July 18, 2020 | 9:15am

The Russians are coming — again.

Joe Biden, the presumptive 2020 Democratic nominee, warned Americans on Friday that Russia would again try to interfere in the presidential election, just as they did in 2016.

The former vice president said he is now receiving intelligence briefings on the matter, Reuters reported.

“We know from before, and I guarantee you that I know now, because now I get briefings again. The Russians are still engaged in trying to delegitimize our electoral process. Fact,” Biden said during an online fundraiser for his campaign. In the same event Biden also warned that China was getting in on the act to with maneuvers “designed for us to lose confidence in the outcome”

The US intelligence community has concluded that Russia took actions to try and help Donald Trump win over Hillary Clinton during the 2020 race.

Biden warned that the country would pay a price for their activities should he be elected president.

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Biden unveils first general election TV ad in Texas | TheHill – The Hill

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill’s Campaign Report: Runoff elections in Texas, Alabama set for Tuesday Biden campaign slams White House attacks on Fauci as ‘disgusting’ Biden lets Trump be Trump MORE will tell Texans in his first general election TV ad in the Lone Star State that they are tougher than the coronavirus pandemic. 

“I’m thinking of all of you today. I know the rising case numbers is causing fear and apprehension. People are frightened,” Biden says in the minute-long ad. “They’re especially worried about their parents, their grandparents, loved ones who are most at risk.”

The former vice president also says, “This virus is tough, but Texas is tougher.”

Biden also calls on viewers to take safety precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, like wearing a mask in public spaces, socially distancing and more to slow the spread of COVID-19.

“We can stop the spread, but it’s up to all of us to do it. We have to step up and do both the simple things and the hard things to keep our families and our neighbors safe. Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Stay home if you can and socially distance when you go out,” Biden says. 

“I want every single American to know: If you’re sick, if you’re struggling, if you’re worried about how you’re going to get through the day, I will not abandon you,” Biden continues. “We’re all in this together. We’ll fight this together, and together we’ll emerge from this stronger than we were before we began.”

The ad in the Lone Star State is part of a new mid-six-figure broadcast and digital advertisement buy, CNN reported. The ad will also be customized for Arizona, Florida and North Carolina, in addition to Texas.

It will air in each of Texas’s top markets on area cable and Sunday cable shows, CNN reported. The campaign will also run a Spanish-language captioned version of the ad in Arizona, Florida and Texas online and on Univision.

The move comes as recent polls have shown Biden and President TrumpDonald John TrumpWayfair refutes QAnon-like conspiracy theory that it’s trafficking children Stone rails against US justice system in first TV interview since Trump commuted his sentence Federal appeals court rules Trump admin can’t withhold federal grants from California sanctuary cities MORE running closely in Texas. A Dallas Morning News-University of Texas Tyler poll released Sunday showed Biden leading Trump by 5 points, receiving 46 percent of the vote to Trump’s 41 percent. Biden tied with the president in Texas in a CBS News poll released Sunday.

The Trump campaign fired back on Tuesday, saying Texas is out of reach for Biden.

“Democrats like to pretend Texas is on the table, but they know that’s a joke – just ask Governor Wendy Davis, Senator Beto O’Rourke, and President Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillicon Valley: Wells Fargo tells employees to delete TikTok from work phones | Google, Facebook join legal challenge to ICE foreign students rule | House Republican introduces bills to bolster federal cybersecurity Biden lets Trump be Trump 4 Texas GOP congressional primary runoffs to watch MORE,” Samantha Zager, deputy national press secretary for the Trump campaign said in a statement to The Hill.

Texas, Arizona, Florida and North Carolina have all seen upticks in confirmed COVID-19 cases in recent weeks. Florida health officials recorded over 15,000 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, the highest single-day increase in any state across the country amid the ongoing pandemic.

Updated at 1:12 p.m.

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Biden vows to uproot systemic racism in July 4 remarks – Los Angeles Times

Former Vice President Joe Biden vowed Saturday to “rip the roots of systemic racism out of this country” in a Fourth of July message that contrasted sharply with President Trump’s warning at a Mt. Rushmore fireworks display that “angry mobs” at protests against racism were assaulting America’s history and culture.

In a video posted on Twitter, Biden, Trump’s presumed Democratic challenger, said the United States had never lived up to the statement in the Declaration of Independence that “all men are created equal.” That phrase has “gnawed at our conscience” through more than 200 years of institutionalized racism, including the recent police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, he said.

“America is no fairy tale,” Biden said. “It’s been a constant push and pull between the two parts of our character, the idea that all men and women — all people — are created equal, and the racism that has torn us apart. We have a chance now to give the marginalized, the demonized, the isolated, the oppressed, a full share of the American dream.”

Biden’s remarks came hours after Trump told a crowd of mainly white supporters Friday night at Mt. Rushmore that America was facing a growing danger from anti-racism protesters’ “merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values and indoctrinate our children.” He accused them of promoting what he labeled a “new far-left fascism.”

At another Fourth of July celebration Saturday on the South Lawn of the White House, Trump hammered away at the same theme, underscoring how appeals to racial resentments are at the heart of his reelection campaign.

“We are now in the process of defeating the radical left, the Marxists, the anarchists, the agitators, the looters and people who in many instances have absolutely no clue what they are doing,” Trump said.

Trump’s combative response to the Black Lives Matter protests that have swept the nation for weeks comes despite polls indicating most Americans support the movement. When New York City recently announced it would paint “Black Lives Matter” on Fifth Avenue outside Trump Tower, the president denounced it as a “symbol of hate.”

In an essay published Saturday by NBC News, Biden said Americans had “marched and bled” to build a better democracy since the nation’s founding, citing the abolition of slavery and the civil rights movement.

“That pursuit of a more perfect union has been thrown off course in recent years — and no one bears more responsibility than President Donald Trump,” Biden said. “Every day he finds new ways to tarnish and dismantle our democracy — from baseless attacks on our voting rights to the use of military force against Americans protesting peacefully for racial justice.”

Biden said he would restore democratic values in part by reversing Trump’s “cruel and counterproductive” immigration policies, including the separation of families at the U.S.-Mexican border.

He also vowed to eradicate “systemic racism from every area of society it infects — from unfairly administered COVID-19 recovery funds, to laws that perpetuate racial wealth gaps, to health disparities, to housing policy, to policing, to our justice system and everywhere in between.”

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Biden ad mocks Trump claim of ‘too much winning’ as coronavirus cases surge toward second peak – The Independent

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Likely Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has released an ad mocking President Donald Trump‘s promise to Americans that they would get “tired of winning”.

The ad, which began circulating on social media on Thursday, shows a clip of Mr Trump making the boast to supporters at a campaign rally.

As he speaks, an animated graph is superimposed showing a line graph forming to illustrate the number of coronavirus cases in several countries. Each of the lines is identified by a flag icon.

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While other nations – Italy, UK, Canada, France and South Korea – successfully manage to bend the curve on coronavirus cases, the line representing the US shoots up towards a second peak.

Mr Biden’s Twitter account shared the 2020 US election ad along with a quote from Mr Trump’s speech: “Mr President, it’s too much.”

It’s been a record-setting week for new coronavirus cases in the US.

On Wednesday, 50,655 new coronavirus cases were reported, marking the largest number of new infections recorded in a single day in the US.

The surge comes just a month after many US states began re-opening their economies following a nearly three month shut-down due to the pandemic.

The rise in infections has been most prevalent in the West and South, especially in Florida, Texas and Arizona.


On Tuesday, Dr Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, addressed Congress along with several other national health leaders to discuss the recent resurgence.

“We are now having 40-plus thousand new cases a day. I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around and so I am very concerned,” Dr Fauci said.

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He warned that if people continue to congregate in large groups and refuse to wear masks, the pandemic will continue to worsen.

“We’re going to continue to be in a lot of trouble, and there’s going to be a lot of hurt if that does not stop,” he said.

As the number of cases continue to climb and health officials warn Congress of dire consequences if the country stays its current course, Mr Trump has continued to suggest that the coronavirus will eventually just disappear.

On Wednesday, he appeared on Fox Business and was asked if he believes the virus will still disappear. “I do. I do. Yeah sure. At some point. And I think we’re going to have a vaccine very soon too.”

Despite maintaining his insistence that the pandemic will eventually just disappear, Mr Trump has somewhat changed his public stance on wearing masks.

During the same interview, he was asked if he would wear a mask, and said he would.

“Oh I would. I have. I mean people have seen me wearing one. If I’m in a group of people where we’re not 10 feet away – but usually I’m not in that position and everyone’s tested,” Mr Trump said.

The president said he didn’t think making mask wearing mandatory was necessary at the national level but did say he was “all for masks” and now thinks that they’re good.

Up until recently, Mr Trump has been characteristically obstinate about wearing masks, at times claiming people wore them to show this displeasure with him and – during a trip to a Michigan Ford Motors plant – refused to wear one to spite the press.

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Biden Beats Trump In Campaign Fundraising As Race Tightens – NPR

Joe Biden has an advantage over President Trump in fundraising according to the numbers the campaigns released for the month of June. Biden and the Democratic Party raised $141 million, against the $131 Trump and Republicans brought in.

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Joe Biden has an advantage over President Trump in fundraising according to the numbers the campaigns released for the month of June. Biden and the Democratic Party raised $141 million, against the $131 Trump and Republicans brought in.

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A little more than four months before Election Day, the Trump and Biden campaigns each announced massive fundraising totals as the former vice president’s effort to unseat President Trump gains momentum.

Despite a pandemic and the subsequent economic free fall, President Trump’s reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee announced Wednesday evening they had raised $266 million for the three months ending June 30, including $131 million in June alone.

A few hours later, Biden’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee announced that they had eclipsed Trump’s totals, bringing in $282 million during the last quarter and $141 million in June. It’s the second month in a row that Biden has outraised Trump’s campaign.

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It’s highly unusual for a challenger’s campaign to raise more money than an incumbent president’s campaign.

“It’s clear that voters are looking for steady leadership, experience, empathy, compassion, and character — and they’ll find all of these qualities in Vice President Joe Biden,” wrote Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon in an email to supporters.

While Biden has conducted frequent fundraisers with high-dollar donors, Biden’s campaign touted its success growing its list of small donors and said the average online donation last month was just $34.

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The Biden campaign did not announce how much cash it holds as it enters the summer and fall campaign season. Full numbers will be available no later than July 20.

Trump’s campaign was quick to tout its $295 million bank account.

“The Trump campaign’s monumental June fundraising haul proves that people are voting with their wallets and that enthusiasm behind President Trump’s re-election is only growing,” said Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale in a statement.

Biden’s fundraising surge comes as national and state polls show the president increasingly lagging behind the former vice president due to the Trump administration’s response to the pandemic and protests against racial injustice.

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While Trump’s campaign claimed earlier this year it would try to flip several states won by Democrats in the past, its spending shows that it is focused entirely on holding onto states that Trump won in 2016, including some that appeared safe for the president until recently.

The ad buying firm Medium Buying said on Tuesday that the Trump campaign had reserved nearly $100 million worth of ad time this fall in Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The campaign is also buying ads in Georgia, Michigan and Iowa. Trump won all of those states in 2016, some by comfortable margins.

UPDATE: We have tracked more than $94M in future TV ad bookings from the Trump campaign in AZ, FL, NC, OH, PA and WI. For 9/8-11/3

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The most recent analysis of the Electoral College battleground from NPR showed that neither candidate appears to have the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency in hand, but Biden was closer with at least one state Trump previously won — Michigan — leaning his way, while the president has failed to make progress in states that Democrat Hillary Clinton won in 2016.

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