The Past 24 Hours or So – Presidential Campaign News

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  • President Trump will hold an outdoor rally in New Hampshire this weekend.

The president’s next “Make America Great Again” rally will gather supporters at Portsmouth International Airport on Saturday, July 11.

  • Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) are getting most of the buzz, but former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice is also getting a lot of attention in Joe Biden’s campaign as he considers who to pick as his running mate, sources say. 

Rice, who also served as former President Obama’s national security adviser, has seen her stock rise amid a series of crises, including the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“I know she’s very much in the mix,” a source close to the Biden campaign said.

  • The Supreme Court says states can punish Electoral College members who break a pledge to vote for a state’s presidential popular vote winner.
  • GOP Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has signed a bill that allows all residents to have a vote-by-mail option for the 2020 primary and general elections, a move that comes as President Trump rails against the voting method and claims without evidence it will lead to fraud.
  • Joe Biden Tweeted: “Americans are safer when America is engaged in strengthening global health. On my first day as President, I will rejoin the @WHO and restore our leadership on the world stage.”
  • With the number of Americans voting by mail on Nov. 3 expected to nearly double due to COVID-19, election experts see little reason to expect an increase in ballot fraud, despite President Donald Trump’s repeated claims.
  • The liberal super PAC American Bridge is launching a new round of television, radio and digital ads across three battleground states aimed at weakening President Trump among key groups that supported his 2016 White House bid.
  • The Trump campaign is considering displaying statues at future rallies.

The idea has been discussed by White House and Trump campaign aides, but no final decision has been made, sources familiar with the planning told ABC News.

  • A task force set up by Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, and former presidential contender Sen. Bernie Sanders released a sweeping set of platform recommendations on Wednesday that lays out a progressive roadmap for Democrats, though one that falls short of Sanders’s push for radical change.

Biden and Sanders focused heavily on police reforms and reducing incarceration following the death of George Floyd while in police custody, which has sparked nationwide protests. The health care platform focuses on expanding ObamaCare, rather than moving toward Sanders’s “Medicare for All.” The commission also called for environmental reforms, including carbon-free electricity generation by 2035.

  • Joe Biden promised on Thursday to spend $700 billion on American-made products and industrial research, which he said would give at least 5 million more people a paycheck during a job-killing pandemic.
  • President Trump is planning to hold a fundraising event in Odessa, Texas later this month, even as Texas experiences a surge in coronavirus infections that caused the governor to pause its reopening and require face masks in public.

Sources:  ABC News, The Atlantic, Axios, Bloomberg, CBS News, CNN, Financial Times, Fox News,The Hill, NBC News, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, NJ.com, NPR, NY Times, Politico, Reuters, Salon, Slate, Vanity Fair, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post

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