‘No red states, no blue states, just the United States’: Biden paints himself as a unifying force

He may be ahead in the polls but Joe Biden isn’t taking any chances, hammering home how much is hanging on the election to supporters in North Carolina.

“The very soul of our nation is at stake. Folks, as my coach used to say in college, it’s go time. It’s the most important election in our lifetimes,” he said.

Voter complacency could still derail him. Hillary Clinton was also ahead with two weeks to go in 2016.

Mr Biden walks past members of the press in a mask
Image:Mr Biden walks past members of the press in a mask

In a crucial week which will see his final TV debate with Donald Trump, he’s painting himself as a unifying force.

“I’m running as a proud Democrat but I will run as an American president. No red states, no blue states, just the United States,” he declared.

In Nevada, Mr Trump was also firing up the base.

Donald Trump was in Nevada
Image:Donald Trump was campaigning in Nevada

“We are going to see a red wave,” he told crowds of cheering supporters, in spite of official polls telling a different story.

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“On election day, you can send a message to the fake news media, big tech companies and the Washington swamp,” he said.

“Send them a message they will never forget, show them the American people are still in charge by delivering sleepy Joe Biden and the Democrats a thundering defeat on 3 November.”

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And this week will likely see a victory for the president, with his Supreme Court pick Amy Coney Barrett expected to be approved by the judiciary committee on the same day Mr Trump and Mr Biden go head-to-head on TV.

With just over two weeks to go, both campaigns are ramping up.

Mr Trump with a deluge of rallies, Kamala Harris is back on the road after two people connected to her campaign tested positive for COVID-19 and Barack Obama is stepping up for Mr Biden as the race for the White House intensifies.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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