By David EGGERT, Steve PEOPLES and ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press
NEWTOWN, Penn. (AP) – Joe Biden focuses intensely on attracting black voters at the end of the final week of the presidential campaign, whose support will be crucial in his bid to defeat Donald Trump.
The Democratic candidate teamed up for a swing with his former boss, Barack Obama, on Saturday Michigan. They will hold drive-in rallies in Flint and Detroit, a predominantly black city where this long-time Democratic state will be required to return to Biden’s column after Trump won here in 2016.
Memories of Trump’s upset victory in Michigan and the rest of the upper Midwest are still being explored in the minds of many Democrats during this closing. This leaves Biden in a position to maintain a consistent lead in national elections and an advantage in most battlegrounds, including Michigan, yet still face concerns that it may all go away.
Meanwhile, Trump made an aggressive play for a pass Pennsylvania, Focuses largely on the basis of its white, working class.
“Three days from now, this is the state that will save the American dream.” Saturday.
Repeating what has become a constant part of his closing message, Trump specifically raised baseless concerns about electoral fraud by pointing to Philadelphia, a city whose large African American population is the key to Biden’s fate is.
“They say you have to be very, very careful – what happens in Philadelphia,” Trump alleged. “Everyone needs to see.”
Several studies, including the commission by Trump himself, have failed to uncover any significant examples of election fraud. Good-government advocacy groups are concerned that the president’s repeated calls to his supporters to oversee elections may cause widespread voter fear.
Republicans are betting that Trump can win a second term, limiting Biden’s advantage with blackouts and Latino among his strongest supporters – white, non-college-educated men and rural voters. Democrats in many swings say that voters of color cannot be excited enough about Biden to show them the required numbers.
In Michigan, Rep. Dan Kildy, a Democrat who represents the Flint area, said he had been pushing for Biden or Obama to visit Flint for a few months, a majority black city that began in 2014 in the waters. Residents of the city suffered from the crisis and became ill, highlighting racial disparities.
“Showing cases,” Kildee said. “The message is important, no question about it. But there is a message to show, especially in Flint. It is a community that has left many behind, overlooked many times and many times. “
R&B legend Stevie Wonder was to perform in Detroit after Biden and Obama spoke.
Obama, the country’s first black president, serves as the Biden campaign’s most valuable asset to help activate non-white voters so that Democrats are badly needed to defeat Trump. While South Florida’s minority population is significant, Obama’s plan to travel to Georgia on the eve of the election was particularly notable. This indicates that Biden’s team believes he may become the first Democrat since 1992 to move to Georgia.
The press for Michigan’s black voters came four years ago after nearly 15% of the turnout in Flint and Detroit – a state with more than 48,000 votes in Trump combined with nearly 10,700 votes. Overall, the black voter turnout rate, the first time in 20 years the presidential election declined, fell to 59.6% in 2016, reaching a record-high of 66.6% four years ago, according to the Pew Research Center.
Some Democrats say the dynamic is different this year. Jonathan Kinloch heads the 13th Congressional District Democratic Party, which covers parts of Detroit, and has expressed confidence that Black voters will turn out for Biden.
“It’s not 2016,” said Kinloch, who is black. “People are motivated. People are active and ready to correct the wrongs of 2016.”
But Trump is not abusing Biden to Michigan. He visited Waterford Township near Detroit on Friday and rallied for the first of the week in the state capital, Lansing.
Before arriving in Pennsylvania, Trump confirmed the recent rescue of an American citizen kidnapped in the West African nation of Niger. The US military rescued the man during an operation in the neighboring country of Nigeria, an American official told The Associated Press on Saturday.
“It was something that had to be done,” the president told reporters. “They were playing with American citizens, and that can’t happen.”
In his Michigan visits, Trump argued that he was a better store of voters’ interests, banning the state’s Democratic governor to try to stop the spread of coronovirus that killed more than 229,000 Americans nationally And is infected with more than 9 million.
Trump argued that he had followed through in the past four years by promoting trade policies that benefited Michigan’s auto industry. Although Obama spent nearly $ 80 billion to bail out General Motors and Chrysler, Trump argued that he and Biden were not good enough to help manufacturing workers when the Great Recession shocked the auto industry a decade ago Was.
“At every turn, Biden knives across the backs of Michigan workers and workers across the country,” Trump said at his rally in Waterford on Friday. “In 2016, Michigan voted to fire this corrupt political establishment, and you elected an outsider as president.”
As with the final days campaign, Trump’s closing sprint includes, in addition to four stops in Pennsylvania, nearly a dozen events in the final 48 hours in the states made in 2016.
Biden will kick off his campaign in Pennsylvania on Monday, the state where he was born and has visited more than any other. The Biden team announced that the candidate, his wife, Jill, his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, and her husband, Doug Amhoff, plan to “fan out in all four corners of the state”.
Eggert reported from Lansing, Michigan. Alexandra Jaffe, Associated Press writer in Des Moines IowaAnd Amer Madhani in Washington also contributed to this report.
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