The document, in the form of a scorecard that the campaign will push through social media, is intended to pound the areas where Biden’s campaign believes Trump hasn’t been up to par. The big categories include the president’s inability to “equalize with the American people”; his inability to provide tests and treatments; shortcomings in ensuring a supply chain of protective devices; and failures to protect workers, older Americans, and small businesses.
Biden is highlighting his approach as infections are spreading across the country, including in states like Florida, Texas and Arizona, which Trump won in 201
On the contrary, Trump recently attempted to draw the nation’s attention away from the virus and speak instead of stimulating economic recovery. He refused to wear a mask in public and held two major demonstrations – both circumstances run counter to the opinion of health officials, including those of his administration.
The president also offered unproven and sometimes dangerous ideas on how to deal with coronavirus, including promoting a drug now deemed ineffective and suggesting that the virus could be treated by “injection into the body” with a disinfectant.
Trump also told a rally that he had instructed officials to “slow down the tests” as a way to keep the country’s official infection data low. In March, the president said “I take no responsibility” for late coronavirus tests in the United States.
Biden hit Trump last week for his administration’s decision to ask the Supreme Court to bring down the Affordable Care Act, saying the action risked the lives of Americans who rely on insurance.
Biden’s plan to be reiterated in his Wilmington, Pennsylvania speech emphasizes control of the epidemic as a way of giving Americans confidence to return to work.
He offered an aggressive plan to test Americans and take care of the sick, including the commitment that under his administration every person in the country would receive free tests and treatments for the virus and that the federal government would “guarantee regular, reliable, free access to tests for each worker called back to the workplace. “
He proposed a national coronavirus test board that would oversee a “surge” in the production of test kits and ensure adequate laboratory capacity to process the results.
Those with covid-19 – or taking care of loved ones with illness – would receive guaranteed emergency leave that allows them to take a break from work with minimal financial impact. All essential workers would receive childcare and an unspecified wage boost, Biden said.
Biden will emphasize that “Trump has called himself a president in the war but is surrendering to the virus,” according to a campaign official who provided a brief preview of the candidate’s comments on the condition of anonymity. The official said Biden would stress that lives would have been saved if Trump had acted earlier.
Promising to reboot the economy safely, the former vice president promised to hire “at least” 100,000 workers to build a national surveillance system to identify critical points for viruses. Biden would invoke the Defense Production Act to force manufacturers to churn out protective devices nationwide. He would also appoint a “commander” to oversee the country’s supply chains, a step intended to eliminate competition between states that marked the first months of the pandemic.
Biden also wants to provide assistance to older Americans and raise monthly social security checks by $ 200. He hasn’t outlined how these programs would be funded.