"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. This is episode three, Florida humidity. Today was an exciting day on the campaign trail. As three of the four candidates had in-person events, largely centered on the battleground state of Florida. Florida has been a pivotal state and many of the past elections most recently, how it's shifted for president Trump in 2016. Now in the state, both President Trump and former Vice President Biden made it clear that they were going to battle for every single last vote. First up was president Trump, who was speaking in Tampa, Florida. He focused on a number of things, but highlighted his significant concern that if vice president Biden and Senator Harris are elected that the country will be overtaken with socialism.President Donald Trump:
He called us an idea. So he puts us in the same category as Antifa. As long as I am, president America will never be a socialist country. And I say it all the time. This election will decide whether our children will be condemn to the misery of socialism. Or whether they will inherit the glorious legacy of American freedom. This election will decide whether the Biden Harris, how about her? How about her. I'll tell you what, when our great vice president Mike Pence debated her, it was a total. You know the expression. If it were a fight, they would have ended it within two days. They were saying the fake news she did magnificently well against. Mike has now, now, now that's what happens, you know, you do great. Great, great. Two days later, you realize they have a down that you lost now. Mike did fantastically. He's a great vice-president. He works very hard. I'll tell you one thing, you know, his kids are in the military and their teachers. I guarantee you one thing, Mike Pence has not made hundreds of millions of dollars by scamming foreign countries that's what they've done. They've made hundreds of millions of dollars and they can't, and nobody wants to talk about it. Look at that. Oh, they're doing that on purpose. Are they friend or foe? I don't actually felt good. I felt water on my face. I said, where the hell is that they may be doing that on purpose. Let's find out if their friend or foe and if their foe let's take care of that son of a bitches.Dr. Josh Franco:
Next up was a vice president Biden who was in Broward County, which is in Southeast Florida, the area of Fort Lauderdale and Miami. He spoke at around the same time as President Trump was speaking just in Tampa. Biden focused on a number of things, but he emphasized this notion of the heart and the soul of the country being on the line with this election. And he made it very clear to those listening that if Florida went blue, that the election was over.Vice President Joe Biden:
Five days left folks, millions of Americans are already voting millions more, are going to vote by the end of this week. And I believe when you use your power, the power to vote. You're going to change the course of this country for generations to come at home and abroad. This election is the most important one you've ever voted in. Whether it's your first or 10, ladies and gentlemen, the heart and soul of this country is at stake right here in Florida. It's up to you. You hold the key to Florida goes blue. It's over. It's over. Look, the press has heard me say this a long time wall street CEOs. Didn't build this country. People standing out here and your automobiles. You're the ones that built this country. The middle class built this country and you just go with the middle class. You're the ones who are going to save the country now that you build it. And these final days. Keep that sense of empowerment with you. That sense of optimism of what we can do, what we will overcome. I've never been more optimistic about America, the American people than I am today. And on November the 3rd, we're going to unite this country and show the world who we really are. I know it's hard. Over these past few months have been so much pain. So much suffering, so much loss over 225,000 dead Americans because of the negligence and the consequence of COVID more than 16,000 here in Florida alone.Dr. Josh Franco:
Now in other parts of the country, Vice President Pence was, delivering speeches in both Des Moines, Iowa, which has six electoral votes and in Reno, Nevada, which also has six electoral votes. He focused on themes that the Republican party has attached themselves to over the years And on speaking to the growing economic recovery, at least in the view of the vice-president and the president.Vice President Mike Pence:
That dogma lives loudly in me. That dogma lives loudly in you and the right to live and work and worship according to the dictates of our faith lives loudly in the constitution of the United States of America. It's not just been about our liberties. It's been about life. You all in Iowa deserve to know the Joe Biden and Kamala Harris support taxpayer funding of abortion all the way up to the moment of birth. And they're calling for record increases in funding for abortion at home and abroad. But for me, I couldn't be more proud to serve as vice president to a president who stands without apology for the sanctity of human life. In our first week in office, President Trump restore the Mexico City policy that prevented taxpayer dollars from being used to promote abortion around the world. And I got to cast the tie-breaking vote in the United States Senate. That allowed states like Iowa to defund Planned Parenthood. President Donald Trump is the most pro-life president in American history, and we're going to stand for life for four more years. So we made great progress. In our first three years, we rebuild our military. We revived our economy. We stood for liberties in life and the rule of law. And none of that would have been possible without the strong and consistent support of Iowa's Republican delegation to Congress. So right after you reelect President Donald Trump, right after you send Senator Joni Ernst back to the Senate, we need you to send David Young and Ashley Henson to a new Republican majority in Washington, DC and retire Nancy Pelosi once and for all.Dr. Josh Franco:
Now, without Harris on the campaign trail, again, this raises the question of like, where are they at? But what's interesting is that Senator Harris participated in a virtual town hall that was hosted by none other than, Senator Bernie Sanders. During that virtual event, senator Sanders highlighted how Senator Harris was a champion of working men and women. Harris lauded Sanders for changing the conversation by working from the inside of the political system.Senator Bernie Sanders:
And we are going to create an economy that works for all, not just the few. And with that, it gives me a great deal of pleasure, uh, to introduce, uh, a friend of mine, a fellow United States Senator from the state of California. Uh, one of the leading voices in the US Senate and somebody I know who was going to be a great vice president of the United States. Please welcome kamala Harris. Kamala, thanks so much for being with us,Senator Kamala Harris:
Bernie. It's good to see you and it's great to be with you. Um, you're amazing. You know, Bernie is, um, Bernie is an, uh, an extraordinary leader and one of the, I think marks of a great leader is someone who requires that a country, especially a national leader, to require a country, to look in the mirror and ask itself, is it doing everything it's capable of doing? Um, Bernie is someone who has challenged every premise and required people who are knowledgeable people to defend the premise, which has been the basis of their opinions for a lifetime. And in many ways, when he does that, one sees that the premise is a bit flawed. Bernie has been someone who, you know, look what that mischievous grin. He knows what he's doing though, because the thing about you, Bernie also is that you decided to do it from inside the system, but to challenge everyone, every single day from inside the system. Um, I do believe that on that debate stage that you and I shared for almost a year, in the primary, that the majority of those debates would not have been on the topic of healthcare in America. If it were not for a discussion that you prompted and the way you challenged the status quo and our thinking about what is possible and what the American people are prepared for and what they want. And so in front of all of the friends, I want to thank you, Bernie Sanders for what you have done, what you continue to do. And, um, you really are a treasure.Dr. Josh Franco:
Now all in all today was a very exciting day. Three of the four candidates were on the trail meeting with voters in person. And so a couple of things come to mind as we're looking at what happened today, especially in the context of the past days. First, Florida. Now from August to October, the Florida polls have been tightening. For example, in August, there was an advantage for Biden into the polling about 43-50. But fast forwarding to today, just with a few days left in the election, the advantage that seems to be in Trump's favor with 48-47. This tightening of the poll warrants the type of attention that Florida is getting, especially from former President Barack Obama, who spoke there, past few days and obviously President Trump and Vice President Biden and, making, there forays back into Florida today. The next thing that was interesting was that Senator Harris didn't have an in-person event. But yesterday she did in contrast to President Trump in Arizona. Now, some people are questioning why the Biden and Harris aren't on the campaign trail more aggressively. And why aren't they in more states. But it seems to be, at least two part strategy. The first one is having a day-on day-off for the candidates so that they can attract national media attention and help shape that national narrative that they're trying to build towards the last day of the election. And then secondly, keeping this eye on the local and state level races. There hasn't been a lot of talk about it now because people are focused so much on these final days of the presidential election. But remember, there's a Senate that's up for control and state houses that are up for control. The state houses are something that are really important because if they start to flip, it changes the trajectory of how redistricting is going to occur. Redistricting is the process of how state legislatures, or they're assigned entities, redraw congressional, state legislative lines and that can have implications for the next decade when it comes to control of the US House of Representatives. With all that said, it's quite an exciting day. I'm looking forward to how tomorrow goes. It seems to be a lot of efforts of foot to put the final stamp on this election by both campaigns. And I'm looking forward to seeing how the rest of the days go.