"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. Well folks, welcome to Episode 7: The Day Before Tomorrow. It was an exciting day on the campaign trail and the final day on the trail. With over 14 events held, largely in Pennsylvania and the upper Midwest, this is what it all comes down to. The election is now in the hands of the voters. And it will be up to the people, all over the country, and particularly in the battleground states of Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Michigan, Wisconsin and Florida to decide who the next president and vice-president of United States will be. While Trump, Pence, Biden and Harris were in the upper Midwest, president Barack Obama had the entire state of Florida to himself. This state elected him twice when he ran for office, but it went for Trump back in 2016.President Barack Obama:
Okay. I love you too. Miami, that's why I came back. I was here just, just a few days ago, but then I realized there's still some folks who need to vote. So I've got one word for you: tomorrow. After four years of failure and division, we have the power to change America. Tomorrow, you can put an end to the politics that tries to pull us apart just to win an election. And that tries to peddle conspiracy theories and and fear. When what we need is competence and hope. Tomorrow in the most important election of our lifetimes. And, you know, I've been involved in some pretty important elections, like mine, but this one's more important. And tomorrow, right here in South Florida, you can deliver the change that we need. But it's going to take every single one of us. As grace said, if you haven't dropped off your ballot yet, don't wait anymore. Drop it off. If you voted already, then you need to get your friends and family to the polls. And if you need to find out where, you can go to iwillvote.com. Help them to make a plan to vote. Florida, you delivered for me twice, and now I'm asking you to deliver for all them and the let Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as the next president and vice president of the United States of America.Dr. Josh Franco:
Unlike Biden and Harris, who stuck together in Pennsylvania today. Trump and Pence were on different tracks and ended the day together in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Solo on the campaign trail for awhile, Vice President Pence continued on the theme of law and order and sought to remind supporters just how much they have changed the courts.Vice President Mike Pence:
I mean, Joe Biden has said that America is systemically racist. And he and Kamala Harris have both said, again and again, that they believe police officers in this country have an implicit bias against minorities. When Joe Biden was asked if he'd cut funding law enforcement, he said, yes, absolutely. And Kamala Harris recently praised the mayor of Los Angeles for cutting $150 million out of the LAPD's budget. Let me make you a promise. With four more years of president Donald Trump in the White House, we're going to back the blue. We're not going to defund the police, not now, not ever. And we're going to have law and order in every city, in every state, in this nation for every American of every race and creed and color. So it's been about standing for law and order with those who protect and serve. It's also been about strengthening the rule of law as I stand here today because of the support of the people of Pennsylvania, I'm proud to report. We've already seen more than 220 principled conservatives appointed to our federal courts at every level. And they are all men and women who will uphold the God-given liberties enshrined in our constitution. Like the freedom of religion, the freedom of speech, and the second amendment right to keep and bear arms. 220 judges. And that includes Justice Neil Gorsuch, Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and Justice Amy Coney Barrett. Isn't she something?Dr. Josh Franco:
The president continued on the theme of law and order by visiting the town of Kenosha in Wisconsin. He reminded supporters about his willingness to send the National Guard in to tamp down protest and civil unrestPresident Donald Trump:
I said, you know, I think Kenosha is going to like me. We did a good job. I wish they sent him in a little bit earlier. Right. If we had them in a little bit earlier, but that's okay. That's okay. But we sent in and how, how good did the guard do though? Did we do the job. Did they do job? Biden and Kamala. Does anybody know who Kamala is? This is wonderful woman. She wants to be your first female president. I don't think so. I don't think so. You know, that's a good reason not to vote for sleepy Joe too. Right. You don't want to do that. You want to have, we all want to see that happen someday, but we don't want this to be the one, right. But they're waging war on our police. You know, that you police, would you have a lot of police here tonight? I recognize it because, because I went and I met all of the police. I met a lot of great police, federal police. I met the whole group and you have great police. I agree with that. But I said with the heroes of law enforcement, I was honored to be here endorsed by Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth. Thank you, David. Wherever you may be. Thank you, David. I was so nice. That was so nice. They like you out there, David. That's very good. Appreciate it, David. Thank you very much. And as I'm sure you've heard Biden's far left supporters are threatening to loot and riot tomorrow. If they don't get their way up there, I'll get their way. Oh, we already David, everybody ready. If they know we're ready and if they know we're not playing games, they won't even be here. They won't show up. You know, it's like I brought it old law into existence when I saw them going around all over the country, knocking down statues, right. And monuments. And we signed, we brought it in and I signed it updated and signed it. 10 years in prison. Have you knocked down a statue or monument anymore? They look and they say, Oh, we'd like to knock that one down, but you know what? 10 years is too much, darling. Let's leave now.Dr. Josh Franco:
As Trump and Pence we're trying to chip away at the Blue Wall, Biden and Harris focused their efforts on the Keystone of that wall: the great state of Pennsylvania.Senator Kamala Harris:
Are you ready? Joe's here. Doug's here. You are here. We are here. And we are here to bring this election home. But we got one more day. That is it, one more day and I'll tell you, Joe and I are just so grateful, so grateful for your support, for your prayers, for your love, for your time, volunteering, making calls for your trust in us and for your vote. And as we head into tomorrow, as we head into tomorrow, I know we are empowered. We are optimistic about our future. We know the strength of unity. We know the strength of America.Vice President Joe Biden:
Look, I know as a Scranton boy and then raised on the border of Southern Pennsylvania and Claymont, Delaware. I know it's not always easy to bring Western and Eastern Pennsylvania together. But you know what? The Steelers got a big win yesterday. The Eagles got a big win last night, so we can both be happy. And folks, I have a feeling we're coming together for a big win tomorrow. My Lord, there's a lot of you out here in this cold night. Thank you. And by the way, in the parking garage, don't jump. I need you, don't jump. Folks, look. Uh, 18 months ago, we kicked off the campaign to Teamsters Local 249 right here in Pittsburgh. I chose Western Pennsylvania for my first stop as a candidate. And now for my last stop before election day, because you represent the backbone of this country, hardworking families. Who are askin nothing but a fair shot and even chance. Ordinary people doing extraordinary things. The qualities that built this country that created and sustained the middle class. And by the way, as I said, twice other today, unions built the middle class. Look, we've been through a lot in this country since we announced. America is facing the confluence of crises. Unlike anything in living memory. We're still in the battle for the soul of America: decency, honor, respect. Where has it gone with this president? Well, let me tell you something folks. Tomorrow's beginning of a new day. Tomorrow, we can put an end to a presidency that's left hardworking Americans out in the cold. Tomorrow, we can put an end to president that's divided this nation and fan the flames of hate. Tomorrow, we can put it into a presidency that has failed to protect this nation.Dr. Josh Franco:
I started paying attention to politics in 2000 after the Bush v. Gore decision of the Supreme Court. As I got older, I got my degrees in political science, and economics, and public policy. And I've always been interested in how we, as a representative democracy, make decisions. And one of the most critical decisions that we, as a representative democracy can make is selecting the President of the United States. Commonly known as the leader of the free world, but more importantly, the leader of a people, who are diverse, and unique, and hold ideals that contribute to the idea of America being an exceptional country. Now we know there are challenges that our country has faced since its inception. And that we have to grapple with those challenges. But I think what's most useful and important the day before any presidential election just remind ourselves that we get to be a part of a process by which we get to elect the leader of the country. Now this doesn't mean there won't be challenges, or strife, or second guessing, or legal actions. What it means is that the one thing that we all get to do at the end of the day, whether you're poor or rich, whether you come from wealth, or that you work towards attaining it, is that you get to cast a ballot to say that this is the person you want to lead the country, that you are a part of. With that I want to thank each and every one of you for listening in. I appreciate it. Tomorrow is the big day. So if you haven't already voted, be sure to vote. And if you know, friends and family you're having voted, be sure to have them vote. And as the returns come in, be mindful and hopeful, and inspired that democracies, especially those that are fragile, like any of them, take the people to make them work.