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‘He just lies’: Florida’s senior voters suddenly are in play – POLITICO

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida seniors, long an unflinching bloc of reliable GOP votes, are suddenly in play as President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus has his reelection campaign on the defensive.

The pandemic and anxiety about possible cuts to entitlement programs have eroded the GOP’s once-solid advantage with the battleground state’s retirees, recent polls show, a demographic Republicans have won by double digits in recent presidential races.

“I really got sick of him when he did not wear a mask, and he took the control totally away from the governors. It was a very bad situation,” said Joy Solomon, a 65-year-old from Boca Raton who voted for Trump in 2016 largely because that’s who her husband supported, but who has now turned against the president. “I want this place to come back to some sense of normalcy.”

“He just lies about everything,” she said.

Retirees have long flocked to Florida’s warm climate and white sandy beaches, where they’ve gained outsized political sway in the nation’s largest swing state. In the 2012 presidential election, voters 65 and older comprised 26 percent of all votes, a number that jumped to 30 percent in 2016.

Ryan Tyson, a Florida Republican pollster and founder of the Tyson Group, said Biden is running up against a ceiling of 38 percent with white voters that other Democrats almost always hit in Florida.

“Biden might be doing a point or two better than Hillary Clinton did in 2016,” Tyson said of the race for Florida’s senior vote. “But he is hitting the same ceiling with white voters that Hillary Clinton and [2016 Democratic gubernatorial candidate] Andrew Gillum did. If Democrats figure that out, they win the state. But they have not.”

To break out, Biden has put more than $700,000 into a Florida ad highlighting Trump’s “planned cuts to Social Security.” The ad references an August executive order from Trump that would temporarily suspend the collection of payroll taxes, which fund Social Security. It’s Biden’s seventh senior-focused ad.

In a Tampa Bay Times op-ed, Biden wrote about “Donna and Roger” from The Villages, a retirement community north of Orlando, and how Trump’s mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic left them unable to see their grandchildren.

“Jill and I feel the same way about not seeing our grandchildren as much as we want to,” Biden wrote. “Video calls are great, but they’re just not the same, especially after six months of being away from the ones you love the most at the time in your life you need them the most.”

Trump last week rolled out a package of health care-focused promises, including mailing $200 drug discount cards to retirees before Election Day to defray the cost of prescription drug co-pays, a push to end the practice of surprise medical billing, and a pledge to protect insurance coverage for people with preexisting conditions.

And, like Biden, Trump also is tapping into fear. One campaign ad contemplates a lawless future if Biden becomes president. The 30-second spot concludes with “You won’t be safe in Biden’s America”. Trump’s campaign has so far put $1.1 million behind the ad in Florida, of which more than $400,000 was spent in the Orlando media market, home to The Villages.

The Villages, home to some 130,000 retirees, for years has been a reliable feeder of Republican votes as conservative-leaning, white voters from the upper Midwest move to the community.

The region remains overwhelmingly Republican, but during the 2020 cycle Democrats have shown signs of life, putting together large parades of golf carts — the favored means of transportation — in support of Biden and building their ranks within The Villages Democratic clubs.

“For the longest time, Democrats would only whisper around this place. I’ve put a great deal of effort into trying to make us a bit louder,” said Chris Stanley, head of The Villages Democratic Club. “What really helped me, and it’s kind of ironic, was Trump. It’s really been over the past four years where Democrats have become more visible.”

Ed McGinty, who moved from the Philadelphia suburbs to The Villages in 2015, has become the poster child for a Democratic resonance in the conservative stronghold. He has gotten national attention recently of holding anti-Trump signs along the roadways and golf cart paths that run through the massive development.

He said the motivation came shortly after a neighbor physically threatened him because he was wearing a hat supporting Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

“He said if I keep wearing the hat, I should make sure my life insurance is good,” McGinty said of the exchange, which happened shortly after Trump’s 2016 win. “I’m just really not someone who takes threats well. So, I thought I’d show those mother f——.”

He said The Villages has always been political, but in the months leading up to the 2020 race, things have gotten worse.

“I’m the most hated man in The Villages, and I say that with all sincerity” he said. “But that’s OK.”

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Senior flu shots: Why a high-dose vaccine is more effective – Insider – INSIDER

  • Seniors can get the standard flu shot, but it may not be as effective, since people over the age of 65 have a weaker immune system.
  • A high dose flu vaccine that has four times as many antigens than a regular flu shot is a better option for seniors. 
  • Seniors can also get an adjuvanted flu vaccine, which contains a substance that increases the efficacy of the shot for seniors.
  • This article was reviewed by Jason R. McKnight, MD, MS, a family medicine physician and clinical assistant professor at Texas A&M College of Medicine
  • Visit Insider’s Health Reference library for more advice.

Each year, 63% of adults in the US get a flu vaccine to prevent influenza, a respiratory virus that causes fever, cough, and runny nose. 

The flu vaccine works well for younger people but seniors may need specialized vaccines to get the same protection since they are at greater risk of developing serious complications from the flu-like pneumonia.

Here’s what you need to know about which vaccines work best to protect seniors from the flu.

Can seniors get the normal flu shot?

Getting a standard flu shot is helpful for people over 65 because it reduces the risk of developing a severe infection that could lead to hospitalization. 

Therefore, if a normal flu shot is all that’s available, it’s better than no flu shot at all. However, a normal flu shot may not be as effective for seniors, says Laura Haynes, PhD, a professor of immunology at the University of Connecticut Center on Aging. 

This is because the flu vaccine introduces antigens in the form of a small, inactive dose of the influenza virus. These antigens enter your bloodstream and trigger an immune response that ramps up your body’s production of disease-fighting cells called antibodies specifically designed to fight off the flu.

But as you age, your immune system weakens, making it harder for your body to produce enough antibodies to effectively fend off infection. That’s why there are other flu shots designed specifically for people over 65. 

Types of flu shots for seniors

There are two types of vaccines that the CDC recommends for people over 65: the high dose flu vaccine, also called Fluzone, and the adjuvanted flu vaccine, known as Fluad. You can get both the high-dose and adjuvanted flu vaccines at your doctor’s office, but you can also find the high dose vaccine at pharmacy clinics like CVS

There haven’t been any studies comparing the high-dose and adjuvanted flu vaccines, and the CDC doesn’t state any preference about which vaccine to use. However, some doctors may prefer the high-dose vaccine because it has been in use since 2009, while the adjuvanted vaccine came out more recently in 2015.

High dose flu vaccine

The high dose flu vaccine has 4 times as many antigens as a regular flu shot, and is available specifically for people over 65

The higher antigen load means that even if your immune system has a weaker reaction, having more virus particles present helps your body create more antibodies — ideally enough to protect you from infection, Haynes says.

A study published in 2014 in the New England Journal of Medicine found that the high dose flu vaccine was 24% more effective in preventing flu in people over 65, compared with the standard vaccine. Moreover, seniors who get the high dose vaccine are also less likely to be hospitalized for the flu.

Adjuvanted flu vaccine

Another vaccine specifically designed for seniors is the adjuvanted flu vaccine. An adjuvant is a substance that increases your body’s reaction to virus proteins. The substance added to the adjuvanted flu vaccine is squalene oil, also called MF59, which is found naturally in plants and animals. “This gives an extra boost to the immune response to the vaccine which will then lead to greater protection from infection,” Haynes says.

Because the adjuvanted vaccine spikes your immune response, it may also have more side effects than the standard vaccine, including irritation at the injection site, muscle aches, and headache. However, the vaccine offers great protection for seniors – a study published in 2020 in the Journal of Infectious Diseases found that people over 65 who got the adjuvanted vaccine were less likely to be hospitalized for the flu, compared with those who got the standard vaccine.

The bottom line

Getting any flu shot is helpful for seniors, but the high dose and adjuvanted flu shots are the best option to guard against illness and hospitalization. 

There is also little risk involved with getting the flu vaccine. “You cannot get the flu from a flu vaccine,” Haynes says, though you may not feel well for a day or two after getting it because your immune system is gearing up to fight off the virus, which can cause mild symptoms like headache or low-grade fever.

The CDC recommends that any adult can get the flu vaccine unless you have a severe allergy to one of the ingredients, like gelatin or certain antibiotics. If you aren’t sure which flu vaccine is right for you, talk to your doctor to figure out the best option.

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Senior House Democrat James Clyburn says Donald Trump ‘doesn’t plan to have an election’ – Daily Mail

Senior House Democrat James Clyburn on Sunday doubled down on his comments comparing Donald Trump to a dictator, suggesting the president ‘doesn’t plan to leave the White House’.   

The House Majority Whip  told CNN: ‘I don’t think he plans to leave the White House. He doesn’t plan to have fair and unfettered elections. I believe that he plans to install himself in some kind of emergency way to continue to hold onto office. 

‘And that is why the American people had better wake up. I know a little bit about history, and I know how countries find their demise. It is when we fail to let democracy, and the fundamentals of which is a fair, unfettered election.’

Trump had on Thursday suggested delaying the November election until ‘people can properly, securely and safely vote’. In March last year South Carolina Democrat Clyburn said the Trump family are among the ‘greatest threats to democracy’ in his lifetime. 

Senior House Democrat James Clyburn, pictured, on Sunday doubled down on his comments comparing Donald Trump to a dictator

Trump had on Thursday suggested delaying the November election until ‘people can properly, securely and safely vote’. In March South Carolina Democrat Clyburn said the Trump family are among the ‘greatest threats to democracy’ in his lifetime

¿I don¿t think he plans to leave the White House. He doesn¿t plan to have fair and unfettered elections. I believe that he plans to install himself in some kind of emergency way to continue to hold onto office,¿ Democratic Rep. James Clyburn says about Pres. Trump. #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/q0CgdTwWcX

— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) August 2, 2020

Clyburn had told PBS on Friday: ‘I have been saying now for about three years that this president doesn’t plan to have an election. He’s not planning to give up the office. 

‘He thinks that the American people will be duped by him, like the people of Germany was duped by Adolf Hitler.’ 

He added Sunday: ‘I feel very strongly that this man has taken on strong-arm tactics’ before comparing Trump to Italian dictator Benito Mussolini and Russian President Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler. 

Clyburn is the third-ranking Democrat in the House. In March last year he said: ‘Adolf Hitler was elected chancellor of Germany. And he went about the business of discrediting institutions to the point that people bought into’ it.

‘Nobody would have believed it now. But swastikas hung in churches throughout Germany. We had better be very careful.’ 

Trump has, of late, refused to say if he’ll accept what happens in November.

Asked by Axios’ Jonathan Swan, in an interview to air Monday on HBO, the president wouldn’t say if he would accept the will of the voters but did argue Hillary Clinton hadn’t accepted the 2016 election.

Donald Trump’s Senior Campaign Advisor Jason Miller said Sunday that the president does not want to delay the November elections. ‘The election is going to be on November 3rd and President Trump wants the election to be on November 3rd,’ he told Fox News Sunday

His senior campaign adviser insisted Sunday morning that the president wants to hold the elections on the typical date of November 3, even though he suggested last week that they be postponed.

‘The election is going to be on November 3rd and President Trump wants the election to be on November 3rd,’ Jason Miller told Fox News Sunday.

Miller said instead that it is Democrats who want to move the election date by expanding mail-in voting measures in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. 

‘The problem here, and what I think President Trump was doing a good job in highlighting, is the fact that these Democratic governors are the ones who want to go and move the election,’ Jason told Fox News host Chris Wallace.

‘These Democratic legislators who want to extend the election,’ he lamented.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell shot down Trump’s suggestion to delay the November 3 contest

Even some of Trump’s top Republican allies disagreed. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham (left) and House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy (right) said the election should not be delayed

WHO DOES DECIDE WHEN U.S. VOTES? 

The White House has little to no say in the timing of the election – it has already been set down by Congress . 

The Constitution sets a limit on the president’s term of January 20 and puts the responsibility for choosing a new one on the Electoral College – made up of the states’ electors. 

It then spells out that Congress has to pick the date for choosing the electors, which must be the same across the country.

Initially states did not all choose the electors by popular vote, but as they did, and with the advent of instant communication in the form of the telegraph, it became clear there had to be a national election date. 

In 1845, Congress set the date of the presidential election itself for the first time, as the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. 

It has not been changed since, and would need an act of Congress to change it. Given the Democrats’ hold on the House that seems impossible.

But there is some room for the White House to pressure states to put off elections for a few weeks.

The constitutional requirement that they choose their electors does not set a date – but in 1948 Congress did, as ‘the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December.’

In theory, states could delay their elections to closer to that date – but that would take the country to the brink of a constitutional crisis and appears highly unlikely to happen.

Miller’s comments came a few days after Trump said Thursday morning that he wanted the election delayed until ‘people can properly, securely and safely vote.’  

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, among other top Republicans shot down the president’s proposal.

During a call with reporters hosted by Trump’s campaign on Saturday, Senator Marco Rubio said he is ‘not concerned about mail-in voting in Florida,’ which is the president’s main argument for changing the date of the general election.

Trump does not have the power to delay the election. 

That would take an act of Congress and even the president’s top allies on Capitol Hill made it clear Thursday that would not happen.

McConnell pointed out elections hadn’t been delayed in the past and did not need to be now. 

‘Never in the history of the country through wars, depressions, and the Civil War have we ever not had a federally scheduled election on time. 

‘And we’ll find a way to do that again this November 3,’ McConnell told a local Kentucky television station.

He confirmed he expected the election to take place on November 3.

 ‘That’s right. We’ll cope with whatever the situation is in the election on November 3 as already scheduled.’

Other Republicans agreed. 

‘I don’t believe we should delay the elections. Delaying the election probably wouldn’t be a good idea. 

‘I think we can be able to safely vote in person in November,’ said Senator Lindsey Graham, a close Trump ally on Capitol Hill. 

Senator Rick Scott, another Trump ally, said he ‘doesn’t agree with delaying the election.’ 

Joe Biden has warned that Trump could seek to nullify and try to delegitimize November’s contest should he lose. 

‘Mark my words: I think he is gonna try to kick back the election somehow, come up with some rationale why it can’t be held,’ Biden said at a virtual fundraiser in April. 

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Senior Medical Advisor in China Warns of Second Wave, Says Country is ‘Not Better Than the Foreign Countries’ – Newsweek

A medical adviser to the Chinese central government has warned citizens are “still susceptible” to new infections during a second wave of COVID-19.

Dr. Zhong Nanshan, a pulmonologist who rose to prominence during a SARS epidemic in the early 2000s, made his remarks this weekend after new clusters of the novel coronavirus re-surfaced in some regions of China, including in the city of Wuhan where the infectious respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus is believed to have originated last year.

Dr. Nanshan does not hold an official government position, but has emerged during the health crisis as a figurehead for China’s containment efforts on state TV, relaying the confirmation in January that the disease spreads from person-to-person.

Now, speaking after Chinese officials have moved to loosen city quarantines and reopen travel routes, the veteran medical expert says the crisis is not over yet.

“The majority of Chinese [citizens] at the moment are still susceptible to the COVID-19 infections because [of] a lack of immunity. We are facing a big challenge, it’s not better than the foreign countries… at the moment,” he said in an interview with CNN.

On May 11, Wuhan officials had reported the first new cluster of infections in the city, roughly a month after the 76-day lockdown ended, according to Reuters. There were five new cases confirmed, with citizens tracked to the same residential area.

Last weekend, Chinese authorities announced the city of Shulan, in the Jilin Province, had been re-designated as high risk after a new cluster was tied to a woman with no known previous exposure to the virus, The Guardian reported.

As a result, state media outlet GCTN reported city authorities ordered the temporary closure of all public places and told all residents to stay home.

China has officially recorded just over 84,000 cases of novel coronavirus, but the data has been met with skepticism from government officials and health experts, who have questioned the sudden drop in infectious and a lack of transparency.

On a global scale, China is not the only nation concerned about a second wave of infections, with officials in Europe and the U.S. planning for future outbreaks.

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Robert Redfield, told The Washington Post last month a second wave of COVID-19 in the U.S. may be even worse than the first as it could coincide with the start of the flu season.

Chinese officials deny playing down the dangers of COVID-19, although some experts have suggested the real number of cases could be four times the official figure. Globally, there have been over 4.6 million cases and more than 312,000 deaths linked to the coronavirus so far. The U.S. has recorded at least 1,467,884 infections.

Contrary to the stance of U.S. intelligence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed to have “significant” evidence the virus came from a Wuhan laboratory. He later walked back the comment, saying it may have come from “the vicinity of the lab.”

President Donald Trump previously alluded to a similar suggestion, appearing to link the pandemic to the region’s Institute of Virology. Last month, U.S. intelligence said in a joint statement it agreed the virus was “not man-made or genetically modified.”

Speaking to CNN, Dr. Nanshan said claims that the virus could be traced to a Chinese laboratory were unlikely, noting he believed the disease was linked to animals.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, a senior medical advisor to the U.S. government, recently agreed that the evidence suggested the virus had “evolved in nature and then jumped species.”

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China’s top Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) expert Zhong Nanshan during his rounds in the infectious disease ward, at the Guangzhou Institute of Respiratory Diseases 10 June 2005, in Guangzhou, southern China’s Guangdong province.
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