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From NPR News in Washington. It's all things considered. I'm Audie Cornish, and I'm Tanya, mostly in South Pasadena, California There are 11 days to go before Election Day. Of course, it's now more like an election season. More than 50 Million Americans have already cast ballots and early voting, according to U. S Elections Project. And former vice President Joe Biden is trying to hold onto a lead in the polls. His campaign is blanketing the airwaves with ads even as Biden isn't hitting the campaign trail as much himself right now, NPR's Scott de Tro covers the Biden campaign and joins us now. Hi, Scott. Hey, Good afternoon. Is there any sign that But last night's debate change the trajectory of this race. So far, Not really. Of course, it takes some time to see things like that show up in the polls, and at this point, it would probably just show up on election Day, not any real poles. But certainly neither candidate had a performance like President Trump did in that first debate, where he turned off a lot of swing voters with his tone and his attacks. And both candidates actually spelled out there major policy differences, especially when it comes to the ongoing Corona virus pandemic and to underscore just how much Joe Biden and his campaign thinks that is really the main issue of the race. Hey, gave a speech today. It was really just again restating his plans to confront the pandemic, which is something he's been talking about. For months. I'll immediately put in place a national strategy. Position our country to finally get ahead of this virus and get back our lives. I'll reach out to every governor in every state, red and blue. To find out what support they need and how much of it they need. And to recap. Biden wants to take a centralized, aggressive approach to this with the federal government funding and coordinating much more testing more funding for school districts for safety measures. And in dealing with the economic effects of this pandemic, and he wants to try to push to make mask usage Universal and that is, of course, very different than how President Trump has handled this, leaving most decisions up to the states and repeatedly urging the country to open back up. Who? How is Biden approaching campaigning in this final stretch? You know, One interesting thing is that he has gone back to the more restrained approach of campaigning that we saw for most of the summer. He hasn't travelled to a key state since last weekend. He was, of course, focusing on last night's debate and preparing for it. There's that speech in Wilmington today that we just heard And then as of now, the only thing on the schedule is a trip to Pennsylvania tomorrow. Campaigning in person, of course, doesn't tell the whole story. Biden's campaign thinks voters will reward him for not holding risky gatherings, and his message is certainly getting out there. He is spending far more money on ads in the final weeks of the race than Trump because he just has much more money to spend. And of course, they're also some high profile surrogates out there for Biden, like former President Barack Obama and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who have both been campaigning in Pennsylvania, among other states. Yeah, You know, question, though, does does this low key campaign schedule worry any Democrats. I mean, President Trump is basically crisscrossing the country. You know, it really doesn't bother that many Democrats, a mother, NPR reporters, and I call the ton of Democrats all over the country, and almost everyone we talked to feels confident. Biden has been able T make his point and that voters have heard and responded to it. And on top of that they really think and I think polls to validate this President Trump's rallies hurt him with swing voters more than anything else. They just don't want to see large mask was crowds or hear the types of attacks and grievances that he often goes on at them. You mentioned how many people have already voted. But the Trump campaign thought bite and made a major error by by seeming to say toward the end of the debate that he wanted to get rid of fossil fuels Dubai Canal I see this as a mistake. Nobody did clarify the reporters afterwards he was talking about ending subsidies for the oil industry. But if you look at his campaign planet really would phase out oil and gas drilling over the next couple decades. He wants to totally overhaul the country and get it. Maurizio. You know, wind and solar. The president keeps coming back to to this thinking that it's a way to help him win Pennsylvania specifically when it comes to the issue of fracking, but it's worth pointing out. Fracking has slowed down in Pennsylvania over the last few years, and it's a state with a really robust, clean energy economy, so this might not be the key issue. The president thinks it is. NPR. Scott Detroit who covers the Biden campaign. Thank you so much Sure thing. President Trump is closing out his campaign for reelection behind in fundraising and the Poles both nationally and in key swing states. Today, he rallies at the village is a huge senior living community in Florida. With little time left before Election Day and more than 50 million people. Having already voted NPR's Tamara Keith looks at Trump's strategy. You don't need a top secret campaign memo to see where Trump is looking to shore up support. Just listen to the president himself. Do we have any seniors in the room? No, I'm not saying you have I'm not a senior. Yes, I am. It is now nonstop rallies and often seems like Trump is just calling out demographic groups He's having trouble with. Can I ask you to do me a favor? Suburban women. Would you please like me? Remember, it's not just a line in his rally speeches. If you want to know a campaign's priorities look where they're spending their time and their money. Here's a telling example on Facebook, the campaign has poured nearly a million dollars in tow. Add since late September, using a page called Women for Trump. That's according to bully Pulpit Interactive, a Democratic ad firm, Benjamin Clark is a partner Seems they're making a last minute plea for women votes. This's Florida, Pennsylvania, Georgia and North Carolina. All kind of must wins for President Trump is spending time and money in other states to Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio and Georgia. Some he barely eked out in 2016. Some he won easily but is having to work harder for this time. Meanwhile, the Biden campaign seems like they're on the air everywhere this week, running local ads in 19 states and spending millions during major sporting events. Trump is only advertising in 11 states and is getting outspent in most of them, according to the tracking firm, Add analytics, Bill Stepien, Trump's campaign manager, told reporters. There's nothing to see here we very much like where we're at. We have more than sufficient air cover what you hear there is a man making the best of a less than desirable situation. The latest campaign finance reports show Biden with more than three times as much cash on hand as Trump. Which helps explain why the Republican National Committee is pitching in with ads in four swing states and Iowa aimed at senior citizens..