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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, speaking on Thursday

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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, speaking on Thursday (REUTERS)

Joe Biden lamented America’s “lost” freedoms as a result of Donald Trump’s slow response to the coronavirus pandemic during a CNN town hall on Thursday night, attacking his administration as “thoroughly, totally, irresponsible” and “criminal” as the nation’s death toll neared 200,000.

Speaking from his home town of Scranton, Pennsylvania, the Democratic presidential nominee called on his election opponent to step down, expressing distaste for “guys like Trump, who inherited everything” then “squandered what they inherited”.

That came as the US president attacked him in a series of wild Twitter posts ahead of the pair heading to the battleground state of Minnesota on Friday, with 47 days to go until the election.

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FBI director warns Russia ‘very active’ in election meddling and seeking to denigrate Biden

Christopher Wray told the House Homeland Security Committee yesterday that the Kremlin has already been “very active” in attempting to hack the upcoming US election (as it was in 2016) and had been working to “denigrate” the Democratic nominee, Vladimir Putin evidently preferring four more years of chaos with Trump.

Here’s what else Wray had to say.

Joe Sommerlad18 September 2020 10:07

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Trump claims Osama bin Laden, Qassem Soleimani and Isis ‘would still be alive’ if Biden were in charge

The president drastically ramped up his ludicrous Twitter attacks on his challenger yesterday, declaring that the late al-Qaeda leader (assassinated during Barack Obama’s tenure) plus the Iranian Quds commander and the Islamist terror faction would all still pose a global threat without him in the White House.

Didn’t he almost bring the international community to the brink of war early in the new year by having Soleimani needlessly taken out? And didn’t that kick 2020 off nicely?

He also remains determined to tie Biden to anti-police sentiment…

 …and to China, neither accusation containing any meaningful substance.

Joe Sommerlad18 September 2020 09:37

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Biden addresses crime, fracking and Trump’s ‘suckers’ comment on military

Here are a few more key exchanges from the candidate’s town hall last night, which he saw him take questions from the public with far greater ease than his rival managed on ABC on Tuesday.

Joe Sommerlad18 September 2020 09:51

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Nominee blasts attorney general as ‘sick’ for comparing mask-wearing to slavery

Another impressive moment for Biden came when he took Bill Barr to task for his shocking attack on coronavirus masks as the greatest assault on civil liberties since slavery.

Here’s Gino Spocchia on Barr’s comments earlier this week for context.

Joe Sommerlad18 September 2020 09:11

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Biden characterises election as ‘Scranton vs Park Avenue’

The Democratic challenger was clearly energised by being back in his old hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania, last night and did not miss an opportunity to use the industrial city as a point of contrast between himself and his opponent.

 While busily outlining his many differences from Trump, Biden did also make a point of acknowledging that both men had benefitted from white privilege during their careers.

Joe Sommerlad18 September 2020 09:07

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Biden calls on Trump to step down over ‘criminal’ coronavirus response

Joe Biden lamented America’s “lost” freedoms as a result of Donald Trump’s slow response to the coronavirus pandemic during a CNN town hall on Thursday night, attacking his administration as “thoroughly, totally, irresponsible” and “criminal” as the nation’s death toll neared 200,000.

Speaking from his home town of Scranton, Pennsylvania, the Democratic presidential nominee called on his election opponent to step down, expressing distaste for “guys like Trump, who inherited everything” then “squandered what they inherited”.

Here’s John T Bennett’s report.

Joe Sommerlad18 September 2020 08:52

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Hello and welcome to The Independent’s rolling coverage of Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential election campaign. 

Gino Spocchia18 September 2020 08:21

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