MIAMI – Five days before the elections in the United States, and with more than 7.3 million early votes in Florida, President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden faced each other this Thursday in speeches at the same time in the coveted “Sunshine State ”, With the economy and the management of Covid-19 as flags.
In a kind of duel for the 29 electoral votes that Florida grants, an inescapable requirement for a Republican victory, both candidates invited Floridians to vote, Trump did it from Tampa, on the west coast of the state, and Biden from the city of Coconut Creek, 40 kilometers north of Miami.
The Republican boasted to a crowd, mostly without masks, of the economic record announced this Thursday by his Government, while Biden blurted out from a less noisy event in southern Broward County the dismal death toll from the pandemic, “more than 16,000 in Florida. “
To defend another term of his in the White House, Trump, accompanied by his wife Melania, brandished the 33.1% year-on-year growth that the economic data for the third quarter reflected on Thursday before thousands of supporters, who endured inclement heat.
“It is the largest than any other country,” Trump told his enthusiastic followers, noting that it is due to the reopening of the economy and therefore promised that there will be no more emergency closures due to the coronavirus.
“No one has ever seen a number like this,” boasted the president.
BIDEN: I’M NOT GOING TO CLOSE THE ECONOMY
For his part, Biden recalled during another of his now common motorized events, with about 200 vehicles gathered on the Broward County College campus, the 100,000 lives “that we can still save” this year only with the mandatory use of masks.
“I am not going to close the economy, I am not going to close the country, I am going to end the virus,” he emphasized to the drivers and passengers who honked to support him, words he repeated at night at the Florida State Fairgrounds, a space fair in Tampa, before about 300 vehicles.
He further said that Trump inherited a strong economy from the Barack Obama administration (2009-2017).
Trump “has given up” on the coronavirus, said who was Obama’s vice president in a reference to the Republican Administration’s recognition that they were not going to “control” the pandemic.
“He’s not doing anything, (he’s) abandoning families, giving up,” he added.
He criticized that Trump wants to end “pre-existing conditions” in health coverage, which in Florida would affect some 8.4 million people.
For his part, Trump promised that the coronavirus pandemic is ending and that the vaccine will be ready soon, which will drive a “powerful” economic recovery starting next year, as reflected in the quarterly data this Thursday that shows the growth 7.4% compared to the three preceding months.
VENEZUELA, CUBA, DICTATORS
Biden also pointed out the contradiction of Trump’s heavy hand with the dictatorships in Venezuela and Cuba, and the Republican’s complacency with authoritarian leaders such as North Korean Kim Jong-un and Russian Vladimir Putin.
“Cuba is no closer to freedom and democracy today than it was four years ago,” he said.
He added that he also does not understand that Venezuelan and Cuban citizens are being deported to those “dictatorships.”
“Trump does not care about Cubans or Venezuelans,” he said.
“For my entire career I have been against dictatorships of the left and right, for human rights and a free press,” clarified the Democrat, who has been branded by Trump and the Republicans as “socialist.”
For his part, Trump, before an audience with fewer Hispanics than in South Florida, promised to keep a strong hand against socialist regimes.
“We are going to continue fighting the dictatorships of Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua,” he said.
THE PRESS AND ITS FORMER EMPLOYEES, THE ENEMIES
Wearing the characteristic red cap of his campaign, Trump returned to his usual promises and attack on the press in a speech of almost 90 minutes.
He called Miles Taylor, a former chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security, an “embarrassment to the country”, who revealed on Wednesday that he is the anonymous author of an opinion piece and a book critical of the president and rejected the coverage given by the media. .
Before taking the floor, First Lady Melania defended that “under this Presidency, American values have been protected.”
In what national media claim is the first joint rally given by the presidential couple, Melania said that her husband has expanded “opportunities for women and especially for mothers.”
THE RED WAVE OF TRUMP
In the face of the aspirations to add more than 270 votes in the Electoral College, the minimum amount needed to triumph in the presidential elections, the final stretch of the campaign has focused on Florida, a hard-fought state in which both candidates are technically tied in opinion polls.
“We have led Florida every day. This is not based on surveys, it is based on facts. We are creating the biggest red wave in the history of our country ”, defended Trump.
On this fourth Biden trip to Florida during the campaign, the Democrat said that the Trump administration’s attempts to suppress the vote are due to the fact that when “the United States votes, it rejects people like him”, “who put gasoline on the fire.”
The Democrat was introduced by the Venezuelan artist Manuel Oliver and his wife Patricia, parents of Joaquín, one of the 17 victims of the 2018 shooting at a Parkland school in South Florida.
“I want to make it clear: Venezuelans support Biden,” said the artist and activist against weapons and the excessive power of the National Rifle Association (NRA).
His wife said that during these four years they have unsuccessfully given Trump the “opportunity to do his job” in health, education and immigration, among others.