Biden focuses on economic recovery in battleground state trip

YEADON, Pennsylvania (Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden will spotlight his plan to securely reopen a U.S. economic system ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday on his third go to this month to the must-win election battleground state of Pennsylvania.

FILE PHOTO: Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a marketing campaign occasion dedicated to the reopening of the U.S. economic system throughout the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) pandemic in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., June 11, 2020. REUTERS/Bastiaan Slabbers

The former vice chairman met enterprise homeowners struggling to climate the pandemic in a Philadelphia suburb, and later will ship a speech suggesting that Republican President Donald Trump “has no plan besides hanging an ‘open for business’ sign,” in accordance with a marketing campaign aide.

Biden’s proposal for reopening the economic system consists of expanded coronavirus testing and protecting gear for individuals who return to work, in addition to paid sick go away, small-business grants and hiring a workforce to chart the illness’s unfold.

Nationally, Biden now has his widest lead over Trump within the race, in accordance with a Reuters/Ipsos ballot on Wednesday, displaying the Democrat with a 13-percentage-point lead.

Still, 43% p.c of registered voters stated they thought Trump could be a greater steward of the economic system than Biden, in opposition to 38% who stated Biden could be higher. A fast restoration from a deep recession attributable to coronavirus-related shutdowns may additional bolster Trump’s argument that he needs to be re-elected on Nov. 3.

Trump received Pennsylvania by lower than a proportion level in 2016, an surprising victory together with wins in Wisconsin and Michigan that propelled him to the presidency.

An financial restoration seems to be underway. Commerce Department information on Tuesday confirmed U.S. retail gross sales rising by 17.7% final month, essentially the most on report, after two straight months of sharp declines. That rebound is threatened by indicators that sure areas, together with Florida, Arizona and Oklahoma, are seeing a resurgence of the virus.

A spokesman for Trump’s marketing campaign, Ken Farnaso, stated, “Americans already know they are in the midst of the Great American Comeback.”

“President Trump’s proven track record of success shows that he is the man needed to meet this moment and usher in yet another economic renaissance,” Farnaso stated.

Trump is getting ready for his first rally for the reason that coronavirus pressured individuals to remain at house three months in the past. The occasion takes place on Saturday in closely Republican Oklahoma and comes because the president touts his stimulus as serving to to revive the economic system.

Reporting by Jarrett Renshaw in Pennsylvania and Trevor Hunnicutt in New York; enhancing by Soyoung Kim, Jonathan Oatis and Sonya Hepinstall


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