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Biden says nation grieves for 100,000 US coronavirus victims

May 27 2020 — Will Weissert, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — Joe Biden released a video Wednesday evening marking the grim U.S. milestone of 100,000 Americans killed by the coronavirus, saying somberly, “To all of you hurting so badly, I’m so sorry for your loss" and “This nation grieves with you.” In the video, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee directly addresses those who have […]

Biden campaign limits press access during virtual fundraiser

May 21 2020 — Will Weissert, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — Joe Biden's campaign wouldn't let reporters listen to a question-and-answer session during a virtual fundraiser with Wall Street donors on Thursday night, a break from its usual procedures and from the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee's past pronouncements about promoting transparency. The former vice-president's campaign suggested that such press limits would be common going […]

Biden on Trump hits: ‘I don’t want to get down in the mud’

May 20 2020 — Will Weissert, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — Joe Biden deflected questions about President Donald Trump's allegations of improper behaviour during the Obama administration and other conspiracy theories pushed by his top allies, saying, “I don't want to get down in the mud with these guys.” Speaking at a Yahoo News virtual town hall on Tuesday, Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential […]

Ocasio-Cortez among top Dems promoting Biden-Sanders unity

May 13 2020 — Will Weissert, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — Joe Biden and the last rival he bested to become the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, Bernie Sanders, on Wednesday announced the members of joint task forces their campaigns will use to promote party unity by hammering out consensus on six top policy issues. They include New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who will provide […]

Biden uses virtual events to target battleground Florida

May 7 2020 — Will Weissert, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — Joe Biden ventured back onto the campaign trail Thursday, targeting the critical battleground state of Florida — but without actually leaving home. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee is staying in his Delaware house amid efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus, which has shut down most aspects of American life, including the […]

Biden says he wears a face mask around Secret Service

May 4 2020 — Will Weissert, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — Joe Biden said Monday that he wears a face mask around Secret Service agents, drawing a distinction between himself and President Donald Trump as the issue of using face coverings in public amid a pandemic increasingly becomes a political flash point. The comment came as the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee was addressing a […]

Spoiler? Amash’s 3rd-party presidential bid raises concerns

Apr 30 2020 — Will Weissert, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — Just as a jam-packed presidential field finally was whittled down to two, the first major third-party candidate is emerging to potentially muddle the contest between President Donald Trump and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden. Michigan Rep. Justin Amash faces almost impossibly steep odds to becoming president. But any candidacy outside the nation's two […]