Perdue's debate dodge highlights opening Ga. runoff strategy
ATLANTA — In the two weeks since the presidential election, U.S. Sen. David Perdue has held one public event, conducted a Fox News interview and announced he wouldn’t participate in any debates with his Georgia runoff opponent, Jon Ossoff.The first-term Republican’s opening strategy diverges sharply not only from Ossoff, who has accused Perdue of being “chicken,” but also from fellow Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler, the other Georgia incumbent facing a Jan. 5 runoff to determine control of the U.S. Senate.Perdue’s campaign points to a busy itinerary as a full-time senator — and the campaig...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Commentary: I'm a social liberal, fiscal conservative — and politically homeless in our two-party system
Like most Americans, I want to do what’s best for our country. Yet lately, I find myself with few appealing choices about how to do that. As a social liberal and fiscal conservative, it’s not clear that I have a place in this political environment.Although I’m still a registered Republican, I no longer support or identify with the party. Its current leader has failed both his party and our country, as made clear, just to start, by the more than 222,000 deaths from COVID-19 — a disease that our top scientists agree didn’t have to cause so much human misery and economic pain.Yet I’m certainly no...
Review: For late-night hosts, a more muted presidential debate brings a more pointed response
Americans who tuned in for the second and final 2020 presidential debate — “Trump-Biden II: This Time It’s Audible” — got an earful.And getting only one ear filled with noise, relatively speaking, was such a nice contrast from the cacophony of the first head-to-head battle between President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden, back in late September.Live again on all three major networks Thursday, late-night hosts had all they could do to A) keep from keeling over in shock at the semblance of civility and B) find jokes to tell about an event where new microphone rules and staff ad...
Election officials prepare for voter intimidation threat
Election officials across the country have begun reviewing security plans at early and Election Day voting sites, strengthening ties with local law enforcement and training poll workers to prepare for voter intimidation tactics.Even before the presidential debate, when President Donald Trump urged his supporters to “go into the polls and watch very carefully,” Michelle Wilcox, the director of elections in Auglaize County, Ohio, was concerned about disruptions at the polls this year.The rural county near the Indiana border seems like an unlikely candidate for trouble. It has about 32,500 voters...
The second presidential debate slated for Oct. 15 has been canceled by commission
Next week’s debate between Joe Biden and President Donald Trump has officially been canceled after Trump refused to accept the organizer’s decision to keep the event virtual out of COVID-19 concerns, according to a person familiar with the matter.The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss non-public information, told The New York Daily News that the Commission on Presidential Debates made the decision late Friday after Trump wouldn’t budge on his insistence that the Oct. 15 event be held in-person.Trump tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 1 and has suffered severe symptoms, me...
New York Daily News
Trump campaign can't have poll watchers at Philly satellite election offices, judge says
PHILADELPHIA — President Donald Trump’s campaign does not have the right for poll watchers to observe activities inside the city’s new satellite election offices, a Philadelphia judge ruled Friday.The campaign sued the city last week, arguing its representatives should be permitted inside the offices, where voters can request, complete, and submit mail ballots. Common Pleas Judge Gary S. Glazer issued a ruling Friday denying the petition.“The satellite offices where these activities, and only these activities, occur are true ‘offices of the Board of Elections’ and are not polling places, nor p...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Trump: 'I'm not going to waste my time on a virtual debate' in Miami after format change
MIAMI — An Oct. 15 debate at Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden must be conducted virtually due to concerns about Trump’s recent COVID-19 diagnosis, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced Thursday morning.“In order to protect the health and safety of all involved … the second presidential debate (in Miami) will take the form of a town meeting, in which the candidates would participate from separate remote locations,” the commission said in a statement.Trump’s campaign manager quickly attacked the “unil...
Commentary: Answer the question, already. Why debates like Harris-Pence are looking increasingly quaint
Nearing the climax of Wednesday night’s vice presidential debate in Utah, moderator Susan Page finally arrived at the most important question for America. If President Donald J. Trump refused to accept the duly authenticated results of the election and failed to vacate the White House in a timely fashion, what would then be the role of one Michael Pence, the vice president of the United States and the man standing before her at his podium?Republican or Democrat, every American over the age of 5, except maybe one, knew the only right answer in their hearts. A good chunk of them probably screame...
Editorial: No, Mr. President, the insulin affordability problem isn't solved
That the price of insulin came up during last week’s presidential debate is a testament to the hard work of advocates such as Nicole Smith-Holt.The Minnesota woman lost her 26-year-old son, Alec, in 2017. He died after trying to ration the medication he needed to manage his diabetes. His death galvanized his mother and others, putting an unprecedented spotlight on insulin’s high cost in the United States.Their plight has President Donald Trump’s attention. He mentioned insulin during the Sept. 29 debate, but his remark proved unhelpful. When Smith-Holt heard him say that insulin’s price is so ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Kamala Harris faces intense pressure, double standards leading into vice presidential debate
SAN JOSE, Calif. — With Donald Trump’s positive coronavirus test casting uncertainty on the final two presidential debates, the pressure is on for Kamala Harris to make the case to American voters that she and Joe Biden belong in the White House when she faces off Wednesday night with Mike Pence in the only vice presidential debate of the election.Suddenly, this debate matters much more than it did prediagnosis. And those who know and study the California senator say Harris will arrive at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City having done her homework.“I can tell you she is studious and prep...
The Mercury News