"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. Hello everyone and welcome to Episode 4: Middle Country. Today on the campaign trail, all four candidates were out and about largely in the upper Midwest and in the Western United States. 11 major campaign events were held today, three by President Trump, three by Vice President Biden, two by Vice President Pence and in three by Senator Harris. Starting off today was President Trump in Michigan with its 16 electoral votes. The president was focused on discussing a range of issues, but interestingly enough, he brought up Bernie Sanders and just the day before Bernie Sanders held an event with Kamala Harris online.President Donald Trump:
You never thought you'd see that. Biden's running made America's most liberal Senator. She makes, she makes Bernie look like you're conservative. Crazy bernie is like you conservative compared to her. She even, Ka Ma La, you have to pronounce it exactly right. Otherwise she gets very upset, even though she can't pronounce it right. You saw that the other. I think that was actually, that was on the great Laura Ingram show. Actually, I watched that and I do believe Laura Ingram is here someplace. Where is Laura? I can't recognize you. Is that a mask? No way. Are you wearing a mask? I've never seen her in a mask. Look at you. Oh, she's being very politically correct. Whoa, Whoa. I've never seen Laura Ingram. She's fantastic. Thank you. Uh, yes. I've never seen that before.Dr. Josh Franco:
Next up was Harris's Texas wing, starting in Fort worth with its 38 electoral votes. It's pretty interesting that the Senator's in Texas, because it's traditionally been a red state, but something must be a foot because the Senator made a point to visit three citiesSenator Kamala Harris:
She is phenomenal. You know, when I look at Rebecca Acuna I know our future is bright. I know our future as a country is bright. She is extraordinary. She has been a leader in this campaign. She is someone who walks and talks with confidence, having life experiences and knowing when she walks in that room. Yes, sister, sometimes we may be the only one that looks like us walking in that room. Having had the experiences that we've had, but the thing we all know is we never walk in those rooms alone. We are all in that room together, so proud of you. How is everybody doing? It's so good to see you Texas. Bernice. It is so good to see you. Let me just, I want to first acknowledge all the leaders. Everybody here is the leader.Dr. Josh Franco:
Vice President Biden was in Iowa with its six electoral votes. This has been seen as a toss up state and in it among other things, the vice president mentioned Theresa Greenfield, who's running against incumbent Republican Joni Ernst. This is a closer than expected matchup, and it's exciting to see that Vice President Biden is looking to help.Vice President Joe Biden:
I'll tell you what. How about Theresa? I tell you what, you are, you will have no idea how much you're going to make my night when you win. You have no idea, and how you are going to make everyone else's night You are how they say back in Scranton: you are the real deal kid. You're the real deal. And you've never forgotten where you came from and the thing I've talking about, even going to Washington as a us Senator, you're not going to forget where you came from and where you are. You're values are baked in, Iowa values, Americam values. You value honor, decency, respect and dignity, you know, they all matter. They matter a lot. That's who we are. And as we saw in the debate, were a farmer's daughter knows a break even point for price of corn crops. You think that'd be fairly basic as like my not knowing where the Delaware River was back home.Dr. Josh Franco:
In the West coast, Vice President Pence made a swing through Arizona with its 11 electoral votes. The vice president's thought to make a broader argument about the Trump administration and why it deserves four more years. He made it a point to introduce Martha McSally who's in a very difficult race against challenger Democrat, Mark Kelly, the race isn't looking too good for Martha McSally. So having Pence out there is hopefully rallying their base.Vice President Mike Pence:
But Arizona, you all know you got a history making woman here, the first female fighter pilot ever to fly in combat the first woman to command a fighter squadron. And I can tell you from the time she arrived in Washington, DC, I was there. I was in the Congress. I saw her time in the House, and now I've seen her time in the Senate. She's emerged as one of the greatest champions of our national defense. Of pro growth policies, less taxes, less government, a strong border and conservatives on our courts. So right after you get done, re-electing president Donald Trump, the president and I need you to send Martha McSally back to the United States Senate. Would you get on your feet and show how much we're behind this extraordinary woman?Dr. Josh Franco:
Back in the mid upper Midwest President Trump was in Wisconsin with its 10 electoral votes. Again, discuss the range of issues and how the virus impacted his family.President Donald Trump:
And like, you know, about 14 minutes later, I said, how's Barron doing? Well, he's recovered fully. I said, Barron. Were you feeling bad? I didn't know anything, dad got it. What was wrong Dad?. Now they're, you know, they have a very strong, by the way, they speak to that. Get back to school, get back to school. Seniors will be the first in line to get it. And, we will, uh, we're making it available free because it's not your fault that this thing happened. And the vaccine, by the way, with or without it that the vaccine we're rounding the term, but the vaccine makes it go faster, the vaccines are going to be out very soon. Very, very soon. Our vaccine will eradicate the virus and the pandemic quickly restore normal life. I just want normal life, you do too. All we want is normal life. I've looked it up to the sky. A friend of mine said, you know, you're the most famous man in the world? I said, no, no, no, no. He said, no, who's more famous than you? You are the most famous band in the world. What are you talking about? Who's more famous. I said, Jesus Christ.Dr. Josh Franco:
Just across the way, Vice President Biden was in Minnesota with its 10 electoral votes. He sought to emphasize the impact of COVID on the people of the state and how much he feels that the president hasn't taken any responsibility for the pandemic.Vice President Joe Biden:
Well, we can overcome now that there's a reason they don't want to hear me because they know the president doesn't say anything. So they're not used to not hearing anything, but I know it's hard folks. I know it's hard, more than 228. I believe it is now thousand Americans have died because of COVID-19, nearly 2,500 here in Minnesota. Gone. We had 9 million new cases, nationwide. Millions of Americans out of work. On the edge. They can't see any light. They don't know where it's going. And Donald Trump, he simply given up. Over the weekend White House council, chief of staff. He said the following, we're not going to control the pandemic. At the debate last week, Donald Trump turned to me and said, we're rounding the corner. It's going away. We're learning to live with it. But as I told him, no, he's asking us to learn to die with it. We're not going to.Dr. Josh Franco:
Back in the West, Vice President Pence, this time in Tucson, Arizona, which is in Pima County, a bluer part of the state, but nonetheless important for the hopes of keeping the Senate. He mentioned Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, given that recent reports discussing conversations about them serving in the Biden administration.Vice President Mike Pence:
So men and women I'll tell you. I'm so glad you came out today cause I think, you know. We've gone through a time of testing this last year, but we're coming to a time for choosing the choice and the selection has never been clear. Stakes have never been higher. When you look at their agenda of higher taxes, open borders, socialized medicine, the Green New Deal, defunding the police abortion on demand. It's clear, Joe Biden would be nothing more than a Trojan horse for the radical left. I mean, they're already talking about cabinet appointments. Maybe you read about that. I'm hearing that Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are looking to be on the cabinet and drive America's policies to the left.Dr. Josh Franco:
Finally Senator Harris made another visit to McAllen, Texas. Again, with the 38 electoral votes, she's discussed a range of issues, but in this time focusing on climate change.Senator Kamala Harris:
About just the, the, the human behaviors are contributing to these extreme weather conditions. What do you have to say? The president of the United States, who is also the commander in chief, responds to the question by saying science doesn't know. He's the president of the United States. Well, science does know Mr. President and science knows so much that the leading science publication has endorsed Joe Biden for president of the United States. So there you go. And these are just a few of the, the challenges that we are facing as a nation and that. Brings me to this moment, which is the last day here in Texas for early voting and now getting prepared for in four days, the election on Tuesday, November 3rd.Dr. Josh Franco:
In seeing how the day unfolded, there's three major points that I'd like to share. The first one is that Senator Harris seems to be marching from West to East, starting in Reno, Nevada a few days ago. And then in Arizona, head to head with the president. And now in Texas. It seems as if is coming back to the East to help wrap up the campaign. Secondly vice-president Biden seemed to be blunting Trump's presence in the upper Midwest. Biden having polled well in this region, he's trying to rebuild the blue wall that fell back in 2016. And going toe-to-toe with the president helps remind voters of the strength of the challenge that he's giving. And finally vice-president Pence seem to be looking on saving the Senate. While today he was focused in Arizona, helping with Senator Martha McSally, his campaign, and the prior visits, it's been looking to promote other senatorial candidates. All in all it's quite exciting day again, the day before Halloween. We'll see how the last four days shape up and reports show that all four candidates are looking increase even further their presence on the campaign trail to try to seek out those last remaining votes, especially those who are going to be voting on Election Day Thanks for taking time to listen to this podcast. I really appreciate it. If you have any advice or feedback, I welcome it. Take care, and we'll see you next time.