Biden spends $65 million on ads across 12 states

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September 22, 2020: The Biden campaign is spending $65 million on ads this week in 12 states. Jo Jorgensen completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey.

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Notable Quote of the Day

“But the way Biden behaved in the primary debates isn’t necessarily a great guide to how he will show up against Trump—a fact that the president and his aides seem to be preparing for as they build an ouroboros of contradictory expectations, including that Biden is effectively brain-dead, on performance-enhancing drugs, a stumbling idiot who can’t get his words out, and a debater with skills on par with Cicero’s.

The key difference that Biden’s aides are counting on: He doesn’t like taking shots at his fellow Democrats, but he enjoys whaling on Republicans. He’s good at it—or at least he was the last time he had the chance, in the 2012 vice-presidential debate against Paul Ryan. Biden hates being pulled to the liberal edge of the party, like he was in the primaries, but loves to portray himself as the middle-of-the-road guy standing up for common sense.”

– Edward-Isaac Dovere, The Atlantic

Election Updates

  • The Joe Biden campaign is spending $65 million on ads this week in 12 states. A portion of the ad buy—across radio, digital, and broadcast channels—focuses on Black voters in Georgia.
  • Donald Trump is holding a campaign rally at Pittsburgh International Airport on Tuesday, marking his fourth appearance in the state this month.
  • Trump will give a prerecorded address to the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday.
  • On Monday, Trump said he had spoken with several potential Supreme Court nominees and planned to meet a few candidates in person. He said he had narrowed his list to five women.
  • Howie Hawkins is holding a weekly livestream on Tuesday night with Madelyn Hoffman, a Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate in New Jersey.
  • Jo Jorgensen completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. Click here to read her responses.

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