President Trump, Biden, Houston discussed on PBS NewsHour

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By the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and by contributions to your PBS station from viewers like you. Thank you. The presidential candidates were back out on the campaign trail today, just hours after their primetime town halls. They set their sights on battleground states aiming to drum up more support. In the final weeks of the race. Lisa Desjardin begins our coverage. 18 days until the election and the presidential candidates are both on the road in pivotal swing states today, President Trump in Florida I will protect you. I will defend you and I will fight for you with every ounce of energy and conviction that I have And former vice President Biden in Michigan. I'm going to build a resilient infrastructure, creating good paying jobs, building roads and bridges this after a night, originally scheduled for a face to face debate. Instead, Americans saw competing TV town halls. Mr. Trump got an hour of prime time at his event in Miami hosted by NBC News. He had refused to debate Biden in a virtual format following his cove in 19 diagnosis, but it's unclear just how much better this was for him. He spent much of the night on defense you if you've done this, everybody. NBC's Savannah Guthrie confronted President Trump with questions about his health. When was your last negative test? Did you tell debate? I don't know. I don't even remember even after His own bout with the Corona virus. Mr. Trump wavered on his position on masks falsely claiming that 85% of people who wear them catch the virus. I was okay with the masks. I was good with it, but I've heard many different stories and masks. And when pressed, he refused to disavow the far right conspiracy group. Q. And on. I just don't know about you and You do know? I don't know. No, I don't know. I don't know a remote control. Click away quite a contrast the words of a president matters instead of combative exchanges, longer answers and more time for voter questions. Besides, you ain't black. What do you have to say to young black voters who see voting for you as further participation in a system that continually fails to protect them? Well, I say first of all, as my buddy John Lewis said. It's a sacred opportunity to right to vote could make a difference. Early ratings indicated. The Biden Town Hall, moderated by ABC News is George Stephanopoulos in Philadelphia. Brought in more viewers than did the president. Biden eagerly dove into policy substance and his opponents track record. You have Iran closer to having enough nuclear material to build a bomb. North Korea has more bombs and missiles available to it. Find ourselves or our NATO allies and publicly saying they can't count on us with no interruptions. Compared to the last time the two candidates shared a stage by addressed voters concerns directly, so there's a lot more. If you want to know if you're gonna hang around afterwards, I'll tell you more. The issues making the biggest headlines this week marked moments in both events. I would not have appointed her. Biden declined to answer whether he's open to expanding the Supreme Court. Following Republicans pushed to confirm Judge Amy Cockney Barrett to the bench depends on how much they rush this, but he promised voters a definitive stands by the election. Meanwhile, Mr Trump also dodged other matters potentially hinging on that confirmation. He said he never told Barrett how to vote if the landmark abortion rights case Roe versus Wade Ever got challenged in the court. He refused to commit to whether he'd like to see Will re Wade overturned. I don't want to do anything to influence anything right now, a stark contrast from his stance in 2016. We put another two or perhaps three justice zone. That's really what's going to be has that's will happen. And that will happen automatically, in my opinion, because I am putting pro life and justices on the court. The two candidates are next set to appear together Thursday for their final debate for the PBS NewsHour and Lisa Desjardin. While the candidates continue to make their case is more than 22 million Americans have already voted, including 2.5 million ballots cast in Texas, where early voting began this week. Our Daniel Bush has been reporting in the state, and he joins us now from Houston. So, Dan Hello. We know earlier this week you were in Georgia reporting on early voting there during the pandemic you've now spent. What a couple of days in the Houston area Harris County. What are you seeing in terms of voting there? Judy, Texas, is one of only just five states where the pandemic itself is not excuse to cast a mail in ballots. So the only people who can vote by mail here through absentee ballots are people age 65 older or who are disabled and meet a couple other criteria. A lot of those voters, though, are choosing to Hand those ballots in in person. They don't trust the mail system. But the governor here a Republican Greg Abbott, has made that harder by limiting the drop box locations where you can drop off those ballots in just one per county here in Houston in Harris County, that single location is outside of a football stadium. You can see the images. There is not very accessible, though, however, for people without a car or on foot. Democrats have argued that this is blatant voter suppression in a county that is 40%. African. American and Latino Republicans, however, have defended this move and pointed out that there are other ways that voting has been expanded through a larger early voting window and knew for the first time in Texas Drive thru voting. And s So interesting. Because Harris County what 2.4 Million residents? Only one drop off voting ballot place quickly. Dan. What are voters telling you about how they sense what their options are for voting? How much? How much do they know How much? How concerned, are they? There's a range of view, certainly a lot of concern. Other people who said that it was a roughly a fairly easy process, I should say, let's take a look to voters and what they had to say about how they voted. I feel like he's trying to suppress the voters by only having one drop box, especially.

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