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Trump on Saturday is set to hold four events in Pennsylvania, a state whose 20 electoral college votes are considered extremely important to victory for either candidate.
Polling averages show Biden with a 3.7 percentage point lead in the state, according to RealClearPolitics, a smaller lead for Biden than in the northern rust belt states of Michigan and Wisconsin, which Trump also won in 2016, when he carried Pennsylvania by a 0.7 percent margin over Hillary Clinton.
“We’re spending the day in Pennsylvania. And I think we’re doing extremely well with the votes,” Trump told Reporters as he boarded Air Force One on Saturday. “It’s going to be a very interesting three days. It’s going to be a very interesting Tuesday.”
“A big red wave has formed. We’re doing very well,” he said.
Biden is entering the final weekend of the presidential campaign with an intense focus on appealing to Black voters, whose support will be critical in his bid to defeat Trump.
The Democratic nominee is set to team up on Saturday with his former boss, Barack Obama, in Michigan. They will hold drive-in rallies in Flint and Detroit, predominantly Black cities where strong turnout will be essential to return this longtime Democratic state to Biden’s column after Trump Michigan in 2016 by a razor-thin margin of just 0.3 percent of the vote.
Trump, meanwhile, is making an aggressive play for nearby Pennsylvania, focusing largely on his white, working-class base. The president had four stops scheduled Saturday in the state, stretching from the far eastern corner close to Philadelphia to the western edge north of Pittsburgh.
As Election Day approaches, Trump and Biden are making their final pitches to American voters, touting what is to come and, especially, boasting about their accomplishments.
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The American Medical Association, the largest group of physicians and medical students in the US, has slammed Trump’s suggestion during a Friday night rally in Michigan that doctors are inflating the country’s coronavirus death count to get more money.
“Our doctors get more money if somebody dies from COVID. You know that, right? I mean our doctors are very smart people. So what they do is they say, ‘I’m sorry but everybody dies of COVID,’” Trump said, without citing any evidence.
The medical organisation rejected the president’s comments, calling them “malicious, outrageous, and completely misguided charge”.
“Rather than attacking us and lobbing baseless charges at physicians, our leaders should be following the science and urging adherence to the public health steps we know work – wearing a mask, washing hands and practicing physical distancing,” the AMA said in a statement on Friday.