Joe Biden and America First Action air dueling ads on China

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April 20, 2020: Donald Trump encouraged protesters in Minnesota, Michigan, and Virginia. Joe Biden and America First Action are airing dueling ads on China. blank   blankblank   


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Democrats

  • The Joe Biden campaign is airing an ad in battleground states that says Donald Trump should have sent a CDC team to China and did not properly prepare the United States for the epidemic.

  • Biden won the Wyoming Democratic caucuses with 72% of the vote, the state party announced on Sunday. In-person caucus events were canceled in response to the coronavirus outbreak, and the Democratic Party encouraged voters to participate by mail. The deadline for receiving completed ballots was April 17.

  • Former Jay Inslee presidential campaign staffers, who are part of the new organization Evergreen Action, have pitched a revised climate change proposal to the Biden campaign.

Republicans

  • Donald Trump said on Sunday that he will use the Defense Production Act to order the production of 20 million more coronavirus testing swabs.

  • Trump encouraged protesters demonstrating against lockdowns in certain states in a series of tweets and his press conference on Friday. He wrote, “LIBERATE MINNESOTA,” “LIBERATE MICHIGAN,” and “LIBERATE VIRGINIA, and save your great 2nd Amendment. It is under siege!” Trump said the protesters were “people expressing their views” and “they seem to be very responsible people to me, you know, they’ve been treated a little bit rough.”

  • America First Action released three ads in a series titled #BeijingBiden as part of its $10 million ad campaign in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. The narrator in one clip says, “Now more than ever America must stop China and to stop China you have to stop Joe Biden.”

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