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Trump, Biden campaign after final debate

Trump and Biden will deliver remarks in their respective home states.
Image: President Donald Trump and Joe Biden on a background of concentric circles made up of blue and red stars.
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President Donald Trump and Joe Biden are heading back to the trail on Friday after Thursday night's final presidential debate.

The candidates will deliver speeches from their respective home states. Biden will deliver remarks on Covid-19 in Wilmington, Delaware, around 2:30 p.m. ET. Later in the day, Trump will appear at a rally in Pensacola, Florida, at 8 p.m. ET.

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836d ago / 4:22 PM UTC

Obama to hold drive-in rally in Miami on Saturday

Former President Barack Obama is scheduled to hold a drive-in rally for the Biden campaign in Miami on Saturday. 

The campaign said the event will take place in North Miami, home to many Black Americans and Haitian immigrants. Obama held his first in-person event for Biden on Wednesday in Philadelphia. 

Trump is also expected to be in Florida on Saturday, where he's expected to cast an early vote in person after holding campaign events in the state Friday night.

836d ago / 4:18 PM UTC

Republican House candidate's website attacks critic for going to 'work for non-white males'

A House candidate considered a rising star in the GOP launched a campaign attack website accusing a critic of going "to work for non-white males, like Cory Booker, who aims to ruin white males running for office."

The language on Madison Cawthorn's "Moe Taxes" website was changed Thursday night after it was first reported by the website The Bulwark.

Cawthorn blamed poor "syntax" for the racist message, which he said didn't "convey my intended meaning."

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836d ago / 3:51 PM UTC

Voters could remove racist phrases from Alabama Constitution

Image: The Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery on Nov. 17, 2017.
The Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery on Nov. 17, 2017.Drew Angerer / Getty Images file

Alabama voters once again have the chance to remove the racist language of Jim Crow from the state's constitution, which was approved in 1901 to enshrine white supremacy as state law.

Courts have long since struck down legalized segregation, but past attempts to strip the offensive phrases have failed. Even though no organized opposition to the measure has emerged this time, some worry that conservative backlash to the Black Lives Matter movement could quash the proposal, which qualified for the ballot months before the nationwide demonstrations that occurred in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd.

A measure on the Nov. 3 ballot would allow the state to recompile its 119-year-old constitution in a process supporters say would remove a lingering stain from the state's era of racial segregation and the legalized oppression of Black people.

Read the story.

836d ago / 3:23 PM UTC

Electric avenue: 'Trump 2020' sign hung on live wires above Massachusetts street

A handmade "Trump 2020" sign was strung on live wires over a street in Wilmington, Massachusetts, before it was taken down early Friday, police said.

"Not only did they run the risk of electrocution, but the low hanging sign caused a hazard to passing motorists," Wilmington police said in a statement.

While police don't know exactly when the cardboard-carved letters and numbers went up near 147 Main St., investigators believe they were placed in early morning hours before they were quickly taken down, authorities said.

While Trump lost deep blue Massachusetts big in 2016, this bedroom community 20 miles north of Boston was fought to a virtual draw four years ago.

 

836d ago / 3:20 PM UTC

Election Confessions from the night of the presidential debate

Here's some of what readers had to say about the candidates and the country last night:

Confession: "Still believe the country is a better place due to his administration. Previous 8 yrs were nothing but "Hype and no change""
836d ago / 3:00 PM UTC

Health care fact check

NBC's Sahil Kapur breaks down and fact-checks claims made by President Trump and Joe Biden on their plans for health care during the final presidential debate.

836d ago / 1:58 PM UTC

Muhlenberg poll: Biden leads Trump by 7 points among likely voters in Pennsylvania

Biden holds a 7 percentage point lead over Trump among likely voters in Pennsylvania, according to a new Muhlenberg College/Morning Call poll released Friday morning.

Biden leads with 51 percent of likely voters in the state, while Trump lags behind him at 44 percent, the poll found.

Trump won Pennsylvania in the 2016 presidential race by less than one percentage point, scoring roughly 48.2 percent of the vote.

The president is keen to repeat his victory in the Keystone State, but he could face an uphill battle as a majority of likely voters there — 51 percent, according to the poll — believe he does not deserve reelection.

However, the poll found that Trump's supporters are more likely to say they are enthusiastic about voting for the president (79 percent), compared to Pennsylvanians who said they planned to vote for the former vice president (51 percent).

836d ago / 1:54 PM UTC

'Rocket' the vote

Astronaut Kate Rubins cast her vote in the upcoming U.S. election from a secure voting booth on the International Space Station.

836d ago / 1:43 PM UTC

ANALYSIS: At final debate, Biden shows Trump what it means to be a politician

Image: Donald Trump And Joe Biden Participate In Final Debate Before Presidential Election
Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

In the final two weeks before Election Day, President Donald Trump is placing an awfully big bet on the premise that casting his opponent as an insider has the same value it did four years ago.

He repeatedly hurled the "politician" charge at Democratic nominee Joe Biden in their final debate Thursday night. Biden's entire campaign is a celebration of the virtues of old-school politics.

"We should be talking about your families, but that’s the last thing he wants to talk about," Biden said from the debate stage here at Belmont University. It was, as Trump noted, the pivot of a practiced politician away from personal invective and toward the public's needs.

"I ran because of you," an agitated Trump said. "I’m looking at you now, you’re a politician."

Read the full analysis.

836d ago / 1:39 PM UTC

Pence casts his in-person early vote in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS — Vice President Mike Pence and Karen Pence voted early in-person at the Marion County Clerk’s office Friday morning. Wearing dark blue face masks and carrying their ballots, they both approached the ballot box and then one at a time dropped their ballots into the slot and flashed a thumbs up and waved to the cameras.

“Great honor,” Pence told reporters after casting his vote. “And great to be back home again. It really is.”

The choice by Pence to vote early in-person breaks with past patterns of how Pence has voted and comes after President Donald Trump has for months cast doubt on voting options ahead of Election Day, particularly mail-in voting. 

President Trump confirmed to reporters Thursday night that he too will be voting early in-person while in Florida this weekend, a break from his own past history of voting absentee by mail.

“President Trump and I want to make it easy to vote but hard to cheat,” Pence said to a local Ohio news station earlier this week. “The principle of one person, one vote is literally at the center of our democracy and President Trump and I and our team are absolutely committed to protecting the integrity of the vote of every single person.”

Speaking in a local interview in Wisconsin following campaign events last month, Pence was asked directly whether he would accept the results of the election.

“President Trump and I believe we're gonna win this election,” Pence said. “But we will accept free and fair election results. No doubt about it.”

836d ago / 1:22 PM UTC

FIRST READ: Final Trump-Biden debate finally provides clarity on the issues

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President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden at the final presidential debate at Belmont University on Oct. 22, 2020 in Nashville, Tenn.
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Fewer insults. Fewer interruptions. And a lot less name-calling.

Unlike the first presidential debate, last night’s second — and final — showdown perfectly distilled the presidential candidates’ positions on the most important issues, giving voters some important clarity.

First Read has more.

836d ago / 1:16 PM UTC

Judge tosses Trump challenge to New Jersey mail-in ballots

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Richard Lynch drops his mail-in ballot into a drop box in Hackensack, N.J., on July 7, 2020.Seth Wenig / AP file

A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit by President Donald Trump’s campaign that had sought to stop New Jersey’s mail-in ballot program.

U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp’s opinion was foreshadowed when he rejected the GOP’s request for an injunction to stop the program on Oct. 6 and wrote the plaintiffs “fail to establish they are likely to succeed on the merits of their claims.”

In a court filing last month, the campaign alleged the state’s ballot procedures violated the Constitution and opened the door to widespread voter fraud, including that ballots mailed after Election Day would still be counted. Shipp wrote Thursday that the fraud claims rest on “highly speculative fear.

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836d ago / 12:30 PM UTC

McCaskill and Lowry rate the debate

Former Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill said Joe Biden's job was to "hold his voters and find a few more" and did just that. Rich Lowry, editor of the conservative National Review, said Trump "gave Republicans something to feel good about."

836d ago / 12:18 PM UTC

Debate fact check: What was true, and what wasn't

Image: Joe Biden and President Donald Trump
Chelsea Stahl / NBC News

President Trump and Joe Biden took to the debate stage at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, on Thursday. In the final presidential debate of 2020, they covered a wide range of topics in a generally more substantive way — thanks in part to fewer interruptions because of microphones being muted for initial responses.

NBC News fact-checked Trump and Biden throughout the night. Click here for NBC's list of fact checks.

For complete coverage and analysis, visit Thursday's live blog.

836d ago / 12:12 PM UTC

Debate tracker: The final 2020 presidential debate, by the numbers

The first debate, to put it politely, was raucousThe vice presidential debate was placid by comparison, and the second presidential debate was canceled.

This debate, which was preceded by chatter about what the effect of a mute button would be, the number of attacks each candidate threw the other's way eclipsed the number of interruptions by more than a 4-to-1 margin.

See the rest of the numbers on the debate topics, time spent on each one, the attacks and the interruptions.

836d ago / 12:07 PM UTC

4 takeaways from the last presidential debate of 2020

It was probably as normal as things could get this election cycle.

After the last faceoff turned into a name-calling shouting match, Thursday night's presidential debate, moderated by NBC News correspondent Kristen Welker, resembled a much more traditional matchup and provided one the clearest contrasts yet between President Trump and his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, on everything from race to the environment.

Here are four key takeaways.

836d ago / 11:55 AM UTC

Slovenian PM endorses Trump

Joe Biden “would be one of the weakest presidents in history,” Slovenia’s prime minister tweeted Friday, as he endorsed President Donald Trump to win a second term in the White House. 

Janez Janša is an anti-immigration hardliner who has been compared to Trump. Trump's wife, Melania, was born in what is now Slovenia.

“We respect [the] difficult, tragic personal life of @JoeBiden and some of his political achievements years ago,” Janša wrote in a tweet.  

But he said that if elected today, Biden “would be one of the weakest presidents in history,” when “a free world desperately needs STRONG #US as never before.” 

He then called on Trump to “Go, win.”

836d ago / 11:32 AM UTC

More than 300 military families sign letter in support of Joe Biden

More than 300 military families released a letter Friday morning supporting former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign. The letter includes several prominent members of the military community.

"When the White House threatens to use the military to ‘dominate’ the streets, he pits our service members against their peaceful fellow citizens and the First Amendment," the letter states. "When our foreign policy abandons allies we have fought side-by-side with for years – as happened with the Kurds in Syria – Donald Trump makes a mockery of the loyalty that we prize." 

Trump has touted his support among members of the military, a voting bloc that helped him win swing states like North Carolina in 2016.

836d ago / 11:03 AM UTC

Trump says he plans to vote in person in Florida on Saturday

Trump told reporters following the debate Thursday night that he plans to cast his 2020 vote in person on Saturday.

“I’ll be in Florida. We’re doing rallies. And then I’m going to vote in person Saturday,” Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One as they headed back to Washington. 

Trump has been critical of voting by mail, falsely claiming that it leads to massive fraud. He did, however, vote by mail during Florida's primary this year.

836d ago / 11:02 AM UTC

Nikki Haley to campaign for Trump in Pennsylvania

Nikki Haley, who previously served as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under Trump, will host several campaign events for the president on Saturday in Pennsylvania. 

Trump's campaign announced early Friday that she would be a special guest and appear at events at an Indian Voices for Trump fireside chat in Norristown as well as two events in Reading and West Brandywine. Haley served in the administration from January 2017 through December 2018.

Haley previously served as the governor of South Carolina.

836d ago / 10:55 AM UTC

Who won the Trump-Biden debate? Experts grade the candidates

President Trump was the most improved performer at Thursday's debate, but a panel of debate experts told NBC News that Joe Biden was more effective with his arguments.

The three experts all agreed the faceoff was more informative than the chaotic first debate in Cleveland last month, but one noted, "That's a very low bar."

While Trump's strategy of interrupting less and letting Biden speak more in hopes of provoking a gaffe from the former vice president was a sound strategy, the experts said Biden didn't make the type of major mistake Trump probably needed to change the race.

Here are their report cards.

836d ago / 10:55 AM UTC

Highlights from the final 2020 presidential face-off

Watch highlights from the final 2020 presidential debate as President Trump and Joe Biden faced off on Covid-19, criminal justice, immigration, China and more.

836d ago / 10:55 AM UTC

Dialed down, Biden,Trump clash on Covid-19 response, issues in final debate

The mics were off but the gloves mostly stayed on.

The final debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden was a departure from the rancorous first clash in Cleveland. Instead, the two presidential hopefuls sparred on the federal Covid-19 response, health care, immigration policy and race.

With polls showing Biden holding a sizable national lead — with Election Day just two weeks away and over 42 million ballots already cast — Trump delivered no obvious knockout blows and the Democrat appeared to clear his final major hurdle with no major stumble.

Read more here.