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US Elections 2020 Live Updates: Trump shifts focus to Pennsylvania to shore up reelection

New documents reveal Russians interfered in 2016 election for Democrats, says Trump

New documents reveal Russians interfered in 2016 election for Democrats, says Trump

President Donald Trump does a little dance after speaking at a campaign rally Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Newport News, Va. (AP Photo)

US Presidential Elections 2020 LIVE news updates: President Donald Trump’s campaign has grown increasingly focused on making inroads in Pennsylvania to offset potential vulnerabilities in other battlegrounds.

The president will travel to the state for the second time in a week on Saturday, hoping to attract the same rural and white working-class voters who delivered him a narrow victory here in 2016. The in-person touch, in what may become the most important battleground on the map, complements an aggressive get-out-the-vote operation that has been working for four years to find new voters by knocking on doors in competitive neighborhoods.

Trump narrowly flipped three Great Lakes states – Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin – from blue to red in 2016. He has virtually no path to reelection without keeping at least one of those states in his column. His campaign has long viewed Wisconsin as his best option, but aides who requested anonymity to discuss strategy said their thinking has begun to shift.

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20:25 (IST)26 Sep 2020

Trump’s $200 prescription cards won’t hit mailboxes just yet

If you’re on Medicare, don’t run to the mailbox looking for a $200 prescription drug card courtesy of President Donald Trump. G

overnment officials said Friday that key details of Trump’s election-year giveaway still have to be fleshed out, including the exact timing and how Medicare’s cost would be covered – a sum that could approach $7 billion. It’s also unclear which Medicare enrollees will get the promised cards.

Trump said 33 million beneficiaries would receive cards in the mail, but more than 60 million people are covered by the federal health insurance program for seniors. Trade groups representing the two industries most affected by the plan – drug companies and insurers – said they have received no specifics from the Trump administration.

Public policy experts called it an attention-grabbing move – weeks before the presidential election – that won’t change much in the end. (AP)

20:17 (IST)26 Sep 2020

Trump shifts focus to Pennsylvania to shore up reelection

President Donald Trump’s campaign has grown increasingly focused on making inroads in Pennsylvania to offset potential vulnerabilities in other battlegrounds.

The president will travel to the state for the second time in a week on Saturday, hoping to attract the same rural and white working-class voters who delivered him a narrow victory here in 2016. The in-person touch, in what may become the most important battleground on the map, complements an aggressive get-out-the-vote operation that has been working for four years to find new voters by knocking on doors in competitive neighborhoods.

Trump narrowly flipped three Great Lakes states – Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin – from blue to red in 2016. He has virtually no path to reelection without keeping at least one of those states in his column. His campaign has long viewed Wisconsin as his best option, but aides who requested anonymity to discuss strategy said their thinking has begun to shift. (AP)

19:52 (IST)26 Sep 2020

Reagan’s age, Mitt’s binders: Presidential debate highlights

President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, are set to meet on Tuesday for their first debate, a highly anticipated event in a highly unusual election year.

The campaign has been divisive on a historic scale. Trump was impeached for trying to pressure Ukraine to investigate Biden and his son and has repeatedly tried to cast doubt on Biden’s mental acuity, going so far as to say the former vice president “doesn’t know he’s alive.”

For his part, Biden has said of Trump, “If we were in high school, I’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him.” Against that backdrop, the two are set to face off for the first time as presidential nominees in Cleveland in a debate moderated by Chris Wallace of Fox News Channel. (AP)

14:50 (IST)26 Sep 2020

Google policy limits ads for election as it does for disasters

Google will halt election advertising after the polls officially close for the U.S. presidential election, a move designed to limit false messages about the outcome of the contest.

The largest internet company said advertisers will not be able to run ads referencing candidates, the election or its outcome, according to an email viewed by Bloomberg News. The policy, which is designed to block all ads related to the election, also applies to YouTube, the biggest online video service.

Google also said advertisers should expect to wait at least two days for political ads to be approved in the lead up to the election. With its new policy, the company is treating the election as a “sensitive event,” such as natural disasters, where it prohibits ads that may capitalize on tragedies. Axios reported the change earlier.

US Elections 2020 Live updates: New documents reveal Russians interfered in 2016 election for Democrats, says Trump

US Elections 2020 Live updates: New documents reveal Russians interfered in 2016 election for Democrats, says Trump

People attend a campaign rally by U.S. President Donald Trump in Newport News, Virginia, US, September 25, 2020. (Reuters)

Trump vowed to end his country’s reliance on China once and for all if voted to power, expressing disappointment that the post-coronavirus relationship with Beijing does not mean the “same” to him as he would not forget the virus that came from there, reported PTI.

Addressing an election rally at Newport Virginia, Trump said that the US economy was doing great, “then we got hit with this virus from China.” “They should never have let it happen. We won’t forget it. We closed up, we saved millions of lives. Now we’ve opened up, opening with records,” he added.

The coronavirus pandemic hit the US soon after trump signed a trade deal with China, for which his administration had negotiated with the Chinese for over a year. The US and China had signed Phase-1 of a trade deal, ending a two-year tariff war that had rattled the global economy.

Trump ruled out renegotiating the trade deal with China in May. The US banned the import of five goods from China on September 14, including computer-parts, cotton and hair products, alleging that they are produced in forced labour camps in the Muslim majority Xinjiang province.

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