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"Yo Trump! Yo Biden! Where You At?" - Episode 1 of 8

October 27, 2020 Dr. Josh Franco Season 1 Episode 1
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"Yo Trump! Yo Biden! Where You At?" - Episode 1 of 8
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"Yo Trump! Yo Biden! Where You At?" is iPoliSci's first podcast series.

The series will consist of 8 daily episodes starting Tuesday, October 27, 2020 to Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

The episodes cover the whereabouts of the presidential and vice presidential candidates, and their top surrogates, during the final week of the 2020 Presidential Election. 

Dr. Josh Franco:

Hello, everyone. And welcome to Yo Trump! Yo Biden! Where you at? I'm your host, Dr. Josh Franco, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Cuyamaca College testing out this new podcasting feature we have available to us to see if we can spice up the last seven days of this presidential election. Yo Trump! Yo Biden! Where you at! Is an eight episode series talking about where the incumbent, where the challenger are, the incumbents surrogates are and where the challengers surrogates are around the country today because there's only seven days left until we all see who the next president of the United States is. Our first of eight episodes brings us to today, Tuesday, October 27, 2020. And what we're going to look at is where President Trump, Vice President Pence, First Lady Trump, former Vice President Biden, Vice Presidential candidate, Kamala Harris, and former President Obama are in the country today. So let's start. Between our six politicos, they made 11 stops around the country. Today, our first was former President Obama, who was in the great state of Florida, speaking in Orlando with its 29 electoral votes. This is a battleground state and to have the former president there speaking for the third time in less than a week, sends a signal that this state is in play and Biden and Harris are looking to eke out a victory with the help of Obama.

President Barack Obama:

We got one week Orlando one week or one week until the most important election of our lifetimes. And you don't have to wait until next Tuesday to cast your ballot. You've got two ways to vote right now. Number one, you can vote early in person right now. Number two, you can vote from home where they mail in ballot. Don't wait, put it in the mail or drop it off at a Dropbox location today. Don't take any chances. Just get it done.

Dr. Josh Franco:

Next up was Vice President Pence who made a couple of trips today, but his first was in Greensboro, North Carolina with its 15 electoral votes.

Vice President Mike Pence:

Fellow Americans from near and far, it is great to be back in the Tarheel State! But I'm here for one reason. And one reason only, and that is the North Carolina and America need to vote for four more years of president Donald Trump in the White House. One week from today, we need to show America that North Carolina is Trump country.

Dr. Josh Franco:

Surprisingly North Carolina's in play, given the presence of Pence. And when it's traditionally been a Republican stronghold, but over the years, it's been turning purple. And in the past presidential elections, it went for President Obama. There's a lot of energy in this state. And then for this race, which warrants vice president Pence is, attendance. Now for the top of the democratic ticket, former Vice President, Joe Biden made a visit to Warm Springs, Georgia with its 16 electoral votes.

Vice President Joe Biden:

It's go time. There's one week left, millions of Americans over 60 million Americans have all ready, voted and millions more by the end of this week, I believe when you use your power, the power to vote will change the course of this country right here in Georgia. With all of you. These are the final days. So keep that sense of empowerment with you. That sense of optimism, what we can do. Well, we will do what we can overcome, but we will overcome. Look, folks I've been around a while, but I've never been more optimistic about America or the American people that I am right today.

Dr. Josh Franco:

Very interesting to see Georgia on the map, when it comes to, being a battleground state and Biden and Harris are putting a lot of energy and effort into this by sending the former vice president, for two events in the state. Now for the top of the Republican ticket, current President Trump was in Lansing, Michigan also with 16 electoral votes looking to reclaim a state that trended for him in the last election, but seems to be going the other way. Our fifth of six politicos, First Lady, Melania Trump made a speech in the great state of Pennsylvania with his 20 electoral votes. This is a battle ground state. There's a lot of excitement.

First Lady Melania Trump:

My husband, we are not the politicians who have worked in Washington for too long and just. Like my husband, I'm here to make a difference for you and your families. it has been the greatest honor and privilege to serve as the first lady of the amazing country.

Dr. Josh Franco:

For our six campaign event of the day, Vice President Pence went to Greenville, South Carolina with this nine electoral votes. What's rather interesting is that there's a very close Senate race between Jamie Harrison and Lindsey Graham. And so a visit by the Vice President to help, energize the base, not only to come out for the president, but to come out for an embattled Republican Senator Lindsay Graham who's been very supportive of the president, Our seventh campaign event of the day brought out California's Senator and Vice Presidential candidate for the Democratic ticket Kamala Harris. She made a short hop from her home in the Bay area to Reno, Nevada with its six electoral votes.

Senator Kamala Harris:

We have not seen again, a clear contrast because on the one hand you have Joe Biden who went asked about, well, how's the economy doing? How do you measure how well the economy is doing? Joe asks will tell me how working people are doing, how are working families doing? Joe Biden says that we're not going to raise him. Next is on anyone making less than $400,000. And we are going to create a middle class. Tax code and we're going to make sure working families don't pay one and 7% of their income and childcare. And we will make sure that first time home buyers have a $15,000 tax credit for down payment and closing costs, knowing that is the best way working people can have intergenerational wealth. On the other hand, you have Donald Trump. When you ask him, how's the economy doing? He wants to know what how's the stock market doing. He cares about how French people are doing. One of his first initiatives was to pass a tax code, benefiting the top 1% in the biggest corporations of America. There's a clear contrast.

Dr. Josh Franco:

Vice Presidential candidate Harris in the state looking to leave a mark, but also to ensure that the West is won for Biden and Harris. The eighth campaign event for today brings us back to former Vice President, Joe Biden, who headed over to Atlanta, Georgia. Again, remember Georgia has 16 electoral votes. The state has traditionally voted Republican, in the past presidential elections. But an interesting one fact here is that not only are the polls heading in a split favor, leaning Biden, there's also two Senate races going on here. And the Democratic Party feels very strongly that they might able be able to get one, maybe even two of those senate seats, which would be unheard of in recent times for the state of Georgia. For the ninth campaign event of the day, President Trump traveled from Lansing, Michigan to West Salem, Wisconsin with its 10 electoral votes. Wisconsin has been known as part of the blue wall, which collapsed for then secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, having. Lee having been won by Trump by ever of the slightest margins. Back in 2016, the president seems to be wanting to rekindle the energy by demonstrating that he's not, only campaigning in one or two States, but he's running the board with him and his running mate, Vice President Pence. For the 10th campaign event of the day, Vice President Pence was back in North Carolina at this time Wilmington to see if he can continue to energize, the Republican base, not only supported the president, but for current Republican Senator Tom Tillis, who is in a tough reelection race with democratic senatorial candidate, Cal Cunningham. With his 15 electoral votes. North Carolina is a pivotal state, not only for the presidency, but also for control of the Senate. For the 11th and final campaign events of the day that's been scheduled. President Trump made a quick trip over to Omaha, Nebraska.

President Donald Trump:

Is there any place you would rather be than a Trump rally on about a 10 degree evening. Yeah, it's called out here, but that's okay. You know, we just left Wisconsin. It was cold and we left this. You get, it was cold and raining. And I said, I won't put on a hat because I'm going to show you how tough we are. That was a tough one. It was pouring. It was pouring and it was freezing. And it's the coldest right here. I hate to tell you it's a little later, it's an honor to be with you. I have to say, when we win, you win Nebraska wins and all of America wins and that's the way.

Dr. Josh Franco:

Now with his five electoral votes, you might be asking Nebraska? Wouldn't that be in support of a Republican candidate yeah. But what makes Nebraska interesting, just like its counterpart in Maine is that it allocates some of its electoral votes based on congressional districts. So it seems here as their president, Trump is trying to blunt any momentum that Biden is earning in Omaha, Nebraska. All end all today was a really exciting day for both campaigns. The rest of the week is going to bring some pretty exciting moments, some real strong statements and a closing argument from both campaigns as to why their candidates should be elected. Thanks for joining and I look forward to tomorrow's journey.