Biden campaign swats at Trump’s plans for a four-state campaign tour during DNC convention

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Joe Biden’s campaign blasted President Donald Trump over his plans for a four-state campaign swing next week as the Democratic National Committee holds its nominating convention during which the former vice president is expected to officially become the party’s candidate.

“Donald Trump’s appalling failed leadership has needlessly cost over 167,000 Americans their lives and plunged the strong, growing economy he inherited from the Obama-Biden Administration into one of the worst recessions on record,” Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said in a statement.

“His presidency stands for crisis, lies, and toxic attempts to drive Americans apart — the opposite of what voters are hungry for and what Joe Biden and Kamala Harris represent,” he continued.

“While these fly-in, fly-out airport sideshows might protect Trump from seeing the damage that he has done to communities throughout this country, they will only underscore why we have to win this battle for the soul of our nation,” Bates concluded.

The president’s campaign responded quickly and with zest, taking a potshot at Biden’s perceived physical and mental weaknesses.

“Team Biden is just jealous that, unlike Joe Biden, President Trump is actually able to go out, meet voters, and campaign!” Andrew Clark, the Trump-Biden 2020 campaign’s rapid response director, tweeted.

The president is scheduled to visit four key battleground states. He’ll travel to Minnesota and Wisconsin on Monday, then fly to Arizona on Tuesday, according to his campaign, which said that the swing will focus on “highlighting Joe Biden’s record of failure.”

Trump will then fly to Pennsylvania and, for extra measure, visit Biden’s hometown of Scranton the day the former vice president and U.S. senator is expected to deliver his acceptance speech from his home in Delaware.

The president has held off on in-person rallies in recent weeks following a few events earlier this summer over COVID-19 concerns. But his plans to reignite campaign swings during the DNC convention is classic Trump, who will attempt to garner more attention and steal the limelight during the opposition party’s biggest pre-election event.

The Democrats’ convention was originally scheduled to be held in Milwaukee, but most in-person attendance was scrapped amid the pandemic. Former first lady Michelle Obama, along with two-time failed Democratic presidential contender and socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) are both scheduled to address the convention remotely.

All four states that Trump is scheduled to visit next week are important to his reelection, and that includes Arizona, a red state that has been trending blue. For years, the state was represented in the U.S. Senate by the late John McCain and Jeff Flake, but both were viewed as moderate Republicans. Flake retired in 2018 and his seat was won by a Democrat, Krysten Sinema; the state’s other senator, Republican Martha McSally, who was appointed to serve out McCain’s term after he died last year, is behind in the polls to newcomer and former astronaut, Democrat Mark Kelly.

Minnesota is especially being targeted by the Trump campaign because the president and his advisers believe it is in play. Trump only lost the state to Hillary Clinton in 2016 by about 1.5 percent.

“We have polls that show me leading in almost every swing state and substantially in other states by even more than I won in ’16,” the president said last month during a news conference in North Carolina.

As for Team Biden’s response, there was plenty of pushback online.

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Jon Dougherty

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