Trump, Biden spar over economy, workers
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and President Donald Trump spent Monday diminishing each other’s credentials on the economy and understanding of the American worker as the presidential campaign entered its final, post-Labor Day stretch.
While workers live by an “American code”, Biden said Trump “lives by a code of lies, greed and selfishness” as he met with labour leaders in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, a key swing state.
Trump, meanwhile, tried to put the halting economic recovery under the best light in a White House press conference, where he said Biden and his running mate Senator Kamala Harris would “destroy this country and this economy”.
Labor Day typically marks the unofficial start to the fall campaign season as candidates accelerate their activity for the final sprint to the election day.
Both campaigns reflected that urgency on Monday, as Harris and Vice President Mike Pence each campaigned in Wisconsin, a state Trump narrowly won in 2016.
The events played out against the background of the pandemic, which has upended campaigning and pushed Biden and Harris, in particular, to conduct much of the traditional election activity online.