"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.
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. Welcome to episode two: Arizona Heat. Today was an exciting day on the campaign trail where three of the four candidates made in-person events to rally their base and to communicate the importance of the election in these final days. One person who was missing from their campaign trail was former Vice President Joe Biden who decided to host a virtual town hall in the latter part of the day, focusing on his roots, growing up in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Between President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Senator Kamala Harris, they held seven events throughout the country, largely focused in the state of Arizona. First up was President Trump where he was in Bullhead City, Arizona located in Mojave County, just South of Las Vegas. In 2016, Mojave County overwhelmingly went for president Trump with over 70% of support of voters in that County. Now, having the president return to a bastion of his support helps demonstrate the importance of this being a base election for him. The president sought to fire up his supporters, using the strong language he's used throughout the election.President Donald Trump:
You know, we have a great, great country, but we have a country with tremendous potential, a country that can be greater than ever before. We can't do this to ourselves. We can't. And I personally don't think he's a nice person, but that's okay. I don't think he's a nice guy. If he was a nice guy, I probably wouldn't have put those clips up, but those clips are just a few of many, many, many clips. And this happened over the last couple of days. You can't do it for instance, if he were here with you today and said, I want to thank the people of Ohio for being with us. He's done that seven different times. And once you do that, it's over you just walk off the stage. You could never make a good speech. After that, nobody's going to go home and said I was a great speech, except for the fact that he called us the wrong state. Joe Biden is surrendered his party to the rage-filled socialists, Marxists, and left wing extremists. And that's what you're going to have. And you can't let it happen. The Democrats have spent the entire year, inciting violence, hatred, and hatred against our people. At least our police, without our police, we have very little last night, the city of Philadelphia was ransacked by violent mops and Biden supported people. These world Biden's supported people and he wouldn't even call them out this morning. They said, please call them out. He doesn't want to get involved cause he doesn't want to lose the radical left. Stores were looted. Police cars were burned and dozens of officers, great officers were injured. Biden and Harris stand up and they stand with the riders and the vandals. I stand with the heroes of law enforcement.Dr. Josh Franco:
At nearly the same time that the President was giving his, rally speech in Bullhead City, Senator Kamala Harris was in Tucson, Arizona located in the great county of Pima. This county, interestingly enough, went for Secretary Clinton back in 2016, by a 50 to 60% margin. And so Kamala Harris being present in the southern most part of the state again was centered on the idea of rallying their supporters and their base. While the president's rhetoric focused on using strong language, reinforcing his concept of law and order Senator Harris sought to remind the audience about just what the president knew and when he knew it related to the coronavirus pandemic.Senator Kamala Harris:
This is, listen, there is so much at stake in this election, and I'm just going to start by talking about a few of the things that we know. We as a nation are in the middle of four crises happening at once. We're in the midst of a pandemic, a public health pandemic that like I said, has caused over 225,000 Americans to die people who many of whom died without any family members being able to be with them. To hold their hand, to look in their eyes because of the nature of this virus over eight and a half million Americans who now have a pre-existing condition and untold longterm health consequences because of this virus and the tragedy of it is this. It didn't have to be this bad. It literally did not have to be this bad. Thanks to a fellow by the name of Bob Woodward. We know that on January 28th, Donald Trump was informed about the seriousness of this pandemic. He was told it will kill people. He was told it is five times more deadly than the flu. He was told it would hurt people of every age. He was told it was airborne and he sat on that information. He did not tell you.Dr. Josh Franco:
President Trump and Senator Harris were battling it out in the Arizona heat, Vice President Pence spent his day in the upper Midwest in Wisconsin and Michigan. There he spoke about the needs specific to the people of those States.Vice President Mike Pence:
Now, those of you that understand what a win the USMCA was for Wisconsin farmers and workers deserve to know the Kamal Harris, Joe Biden's running mate, was actually one of only 10 senators to vote against the USMCA, truthfully. I mean, she said it didn't go far enough on climate change. I mean, Kamala Harris put her radical environmental agenda ahead of Wisconsin jobs and Wisconsin workers. But I'm going to promise you when it comes to international trade, President Trump is always going to put Wisconsin and America first. And finally something so important to our families here in a state. Where school choice was born, the great state of Wisconsin, you all deserve to know: joe Biden wants to end school choice all across America. They're actually talking about shutting down charter schools, but President Trump and I for three and a half years have fought every day to give parents the right to choose where their children go to school regardless of their income or area code. And we're going to fight for school choice for four more years. Thank you. Thanks for coming out. Men and women of Wisconsin, got a choice to make when it comes to this economy. When you think about what we've done to support jobs and workers and agriculture, educational opportunities, and energy. The truth is people, Wisconsin, this election is really a choice between a Trump recovery and a Biden depression.Dr. Josh Franco:
Back in Arizona, President Trump delivered another campaign speech in the city of Goodyear, which is just West of Phoenix. Located in Maricopa County, in 2016, this county slightly leaned towards president Trump with 40 to 50% of the vote. But interestingly, in 2018, in the US Senatorial election, it went for the Democratic candidate, Kyrsten Sinema. There's a lot of focus on Maricopa County in Arizona because of the changing demographics and of the support tha t Vice President Biden has garnered from political figures in this state, such as, Cindy McCain, John McCain's wife, and a former Senator Jeff Flake. Before her last campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona, Senator Harris held a community event where she sat down with a few dozen supporters to discuss the importance of listening in these troubling times.Senator Kamala Harris:
Traveling around the country of meeting with and speaking with a lot of folks and obviously there's everything at stake in the outcome of this election. But I wanted to come here and meet with you to share what Joe and I plan to do, but also to listen to you, um, we fully intend, based on what we stand for in the work we putting into this, we fully intend to win. Yeah. But it will not be easy.Dr. Josh Franco:
About three hours after the president's rally in Goodyear, Arizona, Senator Harris was in Phoenix at a car rally to wrap up the day.Senator Kamala Harris:
It's a clear choice in this election. The crises that we are confronting include a long overdue reckoning on racial injustice in America. And you have Joe Biden who is informed about America's history and has the courage. To speak truth and say the phrase: Black Lives Matter! Joe Biden who understands, it may be difficult to hear, but we've got to confront racial disparities in America, in our health care system, in our economy, in our education systems.Dr. Josh Franco:
Without Joe Biden on the campaign trail, many people are speculating that he's not being aggressive enough in these closing days of the 2020 election But in thinking about what's happened today, having Senator Harris be in the same state with the President signifies that Joe Biden has confidence in his running mate to go toe-to-toe, head-to-head, speech-for-speech, against the incumbent president. That says a lot about where we are in the state of the race, where the vice-presidential candidate, for the challenging side, is able to be in the same state at the same time to show the contrast and to help rally supporters in these final days. So on that note, we'll conclude. Thanks for listening in. I really appreciate your time and attention. looking forward to what tomorrow brings in this 2020 presidential race. And if you have any feedback for me, feel free to leave me a comment or shoot me a message. Thanks so much and have a great evening.