The coronavirus pandemic is certainly going to be a topic during the debate, but other health care issues are also expected to come up. In more election news related to health: President Trump plans a rally in Wisconsin.
The Wall Street Journal:
Presidential Debate To Focus On Coronavirus, Supreme Court
President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden will square off on Tuesday in Cleveland in the first presidential debate of the 2020 election. The debate, which will be moderated by Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, will unfold against the backdrop of an unconventional campaign that has for months been dominated by the coronavirus pandemic and protests against racism and police brutality. … Mr. Biden, the Democratic nominee, has made Mr. Trump’s handling of the virus the centerpiece of his campaign, whereas the Republican president has sought to play down its consequences. (Siddiqui, 9/29)
Trump, Biden Prepare To Debate At A Time Of Mounting Crises
In an election year like no other, the first debate between President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, could be a pivotal moment in a race that has remained stubbornly unchanged in the face of historic tumult. The Tuesday night debate will offer a massive platform for Trump and Biden to outline their starkly different visions for a country facing multiple crises, including racial justice protests and a pandemic that has killed more than 200,000 Americans and cost millions of jobs. (Lemire and Colvin, 9/29)
In other presidential election news —
Big Pharma Backs Joe Biden, But People Don’t Think He’ll Fix Drug Pricing
Former Vice President Joe Biden is winning the race for donations from Big Pharma but experts and industry stakeholders doubt his plans will successfully lower drug prices or address underlying issues in the industry. The pharmaceuticals and health products industry has donated more than $5.9 million to Biden’s presidential campaign, according to OpenSecrets.org, a site run by the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks political donations. (Roche, 9/29)
Trump Coming To La Crosse, Green Bay For Rallies Saturday
President Donald Trump is planning a pair of campaign rallies on Saturday in La Crosse and Green Bay, less than five weeks before the Nov. 3 election. The stops announced Monday by Trump’s campaign come just over two weeks after he held a rally in central Wisconsin near Wausau in Mosinee. Both of Saturday’s rallies are scheduled for airports in the respective cities. (9/28)
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