Infections peaked in a single day in several states on Friday, with a total of confirmed cases reaching nearly 70,000 – the highest point since July – amid a third “surge” of infections eight months later the start of the public health crisis.
The former vice president challenged the president’s assertion at a campaign rally in Wisconsin on Saturday that the United States had “turned the corner.”
“My grandfather looks like this guy has taken the tour if he thinks we’ve come around the corner,” Mr Biden said from the parking lot at Riverside High School in Durham, one of the socially distant driving gatherings of his campaign, with supporters screaming in the parking lots.
“Did you turn the corner?” It’s getting worse, ”he said. He continues to lie to us about the circumstances. ”
The supporters could be heard calling to “send him home, Joe”.
The state has emerged as a critical battleground that the Democratic presidential candidate aims to overthrow – no Democratic presidential candidate has won the state since Barack Obama was elected in 2008.
A recent survey of Le New York Times/ Siena College gave Mr. Biden the support of 46% of likely voters, compared to 42% for the president.
At a virtual event Friday, Biden’s campaign manager Jennifer O’Malley Dillon said that “without North Carolina it’s very hard to imagine Donald Trump winning.”
Since early voting began in North Carolina on Thursday, more than 1.7 million votes have been cast, including more than 828,000 votes from in-person voters. Within days, nearly 20 percent of the state’s voters had voted.
The candidate urged residents to vote in a number of top-down ballot races aimed at key Democratic victories, including a US Senate race between Republican Senator Thom Tillis and Democratic opponent Cal Cunningham.
“Do not vote just for me and Senator Harris,” said Mr. Biden. “You’ve got a gubernatorial race, a Senate race, a record number of black women on the ballot, Congress and the lieutenant governor, the labor commissioner and the courts.
Mr. Biden noted that “times are tough” in the United States and North Carolina, especially among communities of color.
“How do we break this cycle where in the good times you lag behind, in the bad times you get hit the hardest and first?” Mr. Biden said, “The answer is a question of justice. “
Nearly 20,000 people claimed unemployment benefits in the state last week, up more than 22 percent from the previous week – a second straight week of rising unemployment claims. Peak unemployment claims during the pandemic hit more than 170,000 in March.
He criticized the White House response and failed in the president’s efforts to negotiate relief for unemployed Americans facing a potential rental crisis and looming threats to healthcare.
“The president knew how bad this virus would be since January and he kept it from you,” Biden said. “His excuse is that he didn’t want Americans to panic. Americans are not panicking. Donald Trump panics.
In his argument to expand the Affordable Care Act, Biden condemned Republican efforts to uphold the president’s candidate for the Supreme Court in the Senate “instead of meeting the important economic needs of local communities.”
“It’s about erasing Obamacare from the books,” he said.
Democrats have argued that Amy Coney Barrett’s appointment to the country’s High Court could tip the court in favor of the Trump administration’s attempt to dismantle the law, which could wipe out health insurance for millions Americans without a replacement measure the president has called imminent.