Biden-Sanders unity task force issues policy recommendations

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July 9, 2020: The Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force released a 110-page document with policy recommendations. Joe Biden and Mike Pence are both campaigning in Pennsylvania on Thursday.


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Notable Quote of the Day

“Statistics suggest it’s fair for voters to consider age when deciding which candidate should spend the next four years in one of the world’s most stressful jobs.

There is a 21% chance that an average man of Biden’s age would not survive his first term and a 15% chance that an average man of Trump’s would not survive his second, according to a study examining the longevity and health of the presidential candidates conducted by S. Jay Olshansky, a professor of public health at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The author says it is likely, however, that both Biden and Trump are ‘super agers’ whose life expectancy would extend well beyond average.”

– Steve Peoples, Associated Press

Election Updates

  • Joe Biden issued an economic proposal to boost U.S. manufacturing and technology firms. His plan would make a $400 million procurement investment in U.S. goods and services and spend $300 million on research and development. Biden also said he would strengthen and enforce Buy American laws.

  • Biden will announce these proposals on the campaign trail in Pennsylvania, where he is touring a metal works plant in Dunmore on Thursday.

  • The Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force released a 110-page document with recommendations on climate change, environmental justice, criminal justice, the economy, education, and other policy issues on Wednesday. The proposal included additional details about Biden’s public option healthcare plan that would compete with private insurers. Medicare for All is not mentioned.

  • Donald Trump tweeted on Wednesday that schools should open for the 2020-2021 school year. He wrote, “In Germany, Denmark, Norway,  Sweden and many other countries, SCHOOLS ARE OPEN WITH NO PROBLEMS. The Dems think it would be bad for them politically if U.S. schools open before the November Election, but is important for the children & families. May cut off funding if not open!”

  • Mike Pence will be making several stops in Pennsylvania for both official and campaign business. He will attend a fundraiser in Lancaster County, discuss the economy in suburban Philadelphia, and meet with the families of officers killed in the line of duty in Philadelphia.

Flashback: July 9, 2016

The Washington Post reported that Donald Trump was considering selecting a registered Democrat, Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, to serve as his vice president.blank

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