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    Biden, Obama target Trump’s pandemic response

    (Biden): “But this guy’s in court in the middle of the pandemic, trying to take away the protection for a 100 million people who have preexisting conditions. I don’t think he has any sense of empathy. I don’t think he can associate at all.” Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama blasted President Donald Trump and his handling of the coronavirus pandemic in a video released by the Biden campaign on Thursday. (Biden): “Can you imagine standing up when you were president, saying, ‘It’s not my responsibility?’” (Obama): “Those words didn’t come out of our mouths when we were in office,” In the highly produced video, both arrive for their meeting separately, wearing masks then sit down facing each other across the room for a “socially distanced” chat, that included some direct and indirect jabs at the president. (Biden): “This guy has generated a sense out there that people are waking up to that he ran by deliberately dividing people from the moment he came down that escalator and I think people are now going, ‘I don’t want my kid to growing up that way.’ (Obama): “You and I had experience dealing with public health crisis. I have confidence that you are going to actually listen to the experts, you will listen to the science… We understood this during the financial crisis, you can’t separate out the public health crisis from the economy. If you want the economy growing again, people have to feel safe.” Both men released the video on Twitter, where Obama has more than 120 million followers, the most on the platform. In response, Trump attacked Obama and Biden, tweeting:“Remember, I wouldn’t even be here if it weren’t for them. I wouldn’t be president. They did a terrible job!” With traditional campaigning still in limbo due to the pandemic, the video offered a glimpse of how Obama – still overwhelmingly popular among Democratic voters – may be deployed to build enthusiasm for his former vice president ahead of the November election. According to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll, Biden is leading Trump by 8 percentage points among registered voters, and also appears to have a significant advantage among voters who are still undecided.
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