"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. Thanks for joining today's Episode 6: Toss Ups In about 48 hours, we will hopefully know who the next president of the United States is. Out on the campaign trail today, President Trump blanketed the Eastern United States holding large rallies in Michigan, Iowa, North Carolina, and Georgia. While Vice President Biden was visiting every corner of Pennsylvania, his former home state. Interestingly, Vice President Pence wasn't on the campaign trail today at least at not any major events reported. Lastly, Senator Harris went toe-to-toe with President Trump in the great state of Georgia. At one of his stops in Pennsylvania, Vice President Biden sought to focus and sharpen his closing argument, discussing how the president's policies on COVID have dramatically affected the Black community.Vice President Joe Biden:
I live in Delaware, but I'm a Pennsylvanian boy, born in Scranton. And I want to tell you the last time Donald Trump ran, he won this state by 44,000 votes. So every single vote matters. The power, the power to change this country is literally in your hands. I don't care how hard Donald Trump tries. There is nothing, nothing he's going to do to stop this nation from voting, no matter what it tries. Yeah. When Americans vote, America will be heard. When America is heard, I believe that message is going to be loud and clear. It's time for Donald Trump to pack his bags and go home. It's time to bring some life back into this nation. We're done. We're tired of the tweets, the anger, the hate, the failure, the irresponsibility. We've got a lot of work to do. If I'm elected your president, we're going to do it, and we're going to act, and we're going to start from the very first day. We're going to act to get. We're going to act to get COVID under control. It's almost criminal. The way he has handled it on day one of my presidency, I'm going to put an action, a plan I've been talking about for months: masking, social distancing, testing, tracing. A plan for full and fair, free distribution of therapeutics, vaccines when we get one. A plan to address the disproportionate way, this virus has been hitting and devastating the Black community across America. Folks, every single day, we're seeing race based disparities and every aspect of this virus, higher infection rates, lower access to testing, harder time quarantining safely. Lower access to quality treatment when you become affected, and tragically higher mortality rates, three times as many African-Americans are dying as white Americans. When they get the virus, one in 100 Black Americans, excuse me. One-on-one thousand Black Americans have died from COVID-19. And if we don't change between now and January, it's estimated at one and 500 by the end of this pandemic, that is a mass casually event in the black community. And it's totally unnecessary. Totally uncalled for my public health plan will ensure the needs of communities that are being hit the hardest by this virus are a priority, not an afterthought.Dr. Josh Franco:
While Vice President Biden was holding down the fort in his old home state of Pennsylvania, Senator Kamala Harris was in Georgia speaking to supporters and discussing the importance of closing out this election. In addition to the get out the vote message, she sought to hammer home the core message of how COVID is dramatically affected individuals and families throughout the country.Senator Kamala Harris:
You all are gonna decide, who's going to be the next president of United States. You are, you're going to decide who's going to be the next president of United States. And so I am back in Georgia to thank you for all you've been doing. These years, and these months, and these weeks, and these days, look at the kind of turnout we've already seen in terms of early voting. And I just wanted to come back to remind us that we still have a ways to go. And you know, that last leg of a long trip is usually the longest. And the most important. And so this is not the time to let up. This is the time to put our feet on that pedal and go and get this thing done and make sure everyone votes, that they drop off ballots in drop boxes. Now don't put it in the mailbox, pull it and put it in the drop box. Or vote on election day because there's so much at stake. You know, we are in the middle of at least four crises, Joe. And I talk about that all the time. I'm the first two a pandemic, you know, I'm just going to come down here. How about that? Let's just avoid a catastrophe. Okay. Um, so we are in the middle of, of a few, um, a few crises. And for all of the friends in the cars, I'm thinking of you, I'm looking at you, even if you can't see me. There we go. There we go. So we're in the middle of four crises taking place at the same time. We are in the midst of a public health crisis of a proportion we've never seen. It's probably one of the greatest mass casualty events we have experienced as a country since World War Two. Over 225,000 people have died in just the last several months. Many whom tragically for their last days on earth, weren't even able to be with the people they love to hold their hands because of the nature of this virus. 9 million people have contracted the virus. With untold long-term health consequences. Doctors are talking about things like lung scarring and the thing is it didn't have to be this way. It didn't 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. He was told it is five times as deadly as the flu. He was told it can impact people of every age. He was told it is airborne. And what did he do? He covered that information up.Dr. Josh Franco:
President Trump started his day in Michigan and then jumped over to Iowa by early afternoon. And then by mid evening, he was in North Carolina and then wrapped up the day in Rome, Georgia. The president continued to speak in broad themes. But he did make a note that he shouldn't even have been in the state, but we're not clear as to why he made that statementPresident Donald Trump:
Hello, Georgia. Hello Georgia. Two days, can you believe it? Two days from that we're going to win this state again, and we're going to win for more great years in the White House. We have done a lot. We've done a lot together. It's been a great relationship with Georgia. Thank you very much. With your vote, we will continue to cut your taxes, cut regulations, support our police, support our great military, protect your second amendment, defend religious liberty, and ensure more products are proudly stamped with that beautiful phrase: Made in the USA and that's happening. Next year will be the greatest economic year in the history of our country. And it's heading that way. Under my leadership, our economy is now growing at the fastest rate ever recorded. 33.1% Fake news does not like talking about that number. You know, we beat a number from 1952 and more than double that much more than doubled it. They don't love talking about numbers like that. They can't believe it. We created a record 11.4 million jobs in the last five months. And while foreign nations are in a free fall, we are creating an economic power house unrivaled anywhere in the world. A recent Gallup poll, just out, found that 56% of Americans say they are better off today than four years ago with Sleepy Joe and Obama. And Biden and Kamala, how about Kamala? I don't think so. That's not going to be your first woman president. That's not going to happen. She's further left than crazy Bernie, he's like you're conservative compared to him. And the radical left gain power. The economy will collapse in our country will go into a steep, well, we're not going to have to worry about it. Okay. Steep depression. We don't have to worry about it. I shouldn't even be here. They say I have Georgia made, but you know what I said, I promised we have to be there. They said, Sir, you don't have to come to Georgia. We have it made, it's won, that's by the way. Just go out and vote. Okay. Please go out and vote.Dr. Josh Franco:
Every state visited today could be considered a toss-up. Michigan with its 16 electoral votes, Georgia with its 16 electoral votes, Iowa with at six electoral votes, Pennsylvania with its 20 electoral votes, and North Carolina with its 15 electoral votes. Are all gonna be photo finishes. As the candidates make the turn into the final stretch of this race, it's really anyone's game. Anyone who suggests otherwise is either wishfully thinking or hoping for the best. What it's going to come down to is the final poll. And that's the vote. Thank you again for listening into this episode. I'd look forward to seeing you tomorrow for the final 48 hours of the 2020 presidential election.