Tim Barlow
Tim Barlow
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  • The President snuck into Dr. Anthony Fauci, the press and polls that show him trailing Democrat Joe Biden in key battleground states.
  • Trump held a rally in Tucson, Arizona, his fifth in three days, as he campaigned in states he won in 2016.
  • Trump also ramped up his attacks on the news media, singling out NBC's Kristen Welker, the moderator of the next Presidential debate, as well as CNN for covering a pandemic that is now infecting tens of thousands of Americans every day

The President snuck into Dr. Anthony Fauci, the press and polls that show him trailing Democrat Joe Biden in key battleground states in a disjointed closing message two weeks out from Election Day. On the third day of a Western campaign swing, Trump was facing intense pressure to change his campaign, hoping for the kind of last-minute surge that gave him a victory by behind four years ago. At a rally in Prescott, Arizona, Trump assailed Biden for promising to heed the advice of scientific experts, saying dismissively that his rival “wants to listen to Dr. Fauci”. Trump held a rally in Tucson, Arizona too, his fifth in three days, as he campaigned in states he won in 2016. At the rally, Trump also ramped up his attacks on the news media, singling out NBC's Kristen Welker, the moderator of the next presidential debate, as well as CNN for covering a pandemic that is now infecting tens of thousands of Americans every day. Biden was off the campaign trail Monday, but his campaign praised Fauci and criticized Trump for “reckless and negligent leadership” that “threatens to put more lives at risk”. “Trump's closing message in the last days of the 2020 race is to publicly mock Joe Biden for trusting science, and to call Dr. Fauci, the leading public health official on COVID-19 a «disaster» and other public health officials «idiots,»” the campaign said.

Late Monday, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced that Trump and Biden will each have their microphones cut off in Thursday's debate. Each rival delivers his opening two-minute answer to each of the six debate topics. The commission has faced pressure from the Trump campaign to avoid changing the rules.

Biden's team had been hoping for a more ordered debate. Biden is spending twice as much on advertising as Trump and the Republicans in the closing days of the race. Concerns about a possible loss to Biden that have been spilling into the open in recent days have been percolating behind the scenes. Meanwhile, aides have begun wondering whether or not Trump's campaign rallies, which have helped define American politics for the last five years, were in their final days.

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