2020 election live updates: Biden bests Trump in town hall ratings, per


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During an NBC town hall, President Trump was asked about the New York Times claim that he is in $400 million in debt.

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At separate town hall events Thursday, the two people vying for the presidency answered questions from voters, though not in the intended debate format. Donald Trump and Joe Biden were in different states, in front of different crowds and on competing television channels  

Trump refused to condemn QAnon and didn’t deny having $400 million in debt during his NBC event while Biden gave a vague answer on court packing and was pressed by an African American voter on how he would turn out the Black vote live on ABC. 

With just 18 days to before Election Day, the two campaigns are waging ferocious advertising campaigns in a half-dozen battleground states with Florida, Arizona and Pennsylvania the crown jewels that could decide the race.

The latest: 

  • Town halls: Missed Thursday’s dueling town halls?: Here are our takeaways
  • Compare/contrast: You saw how Trump and Biden stacked up on the town hall stage, what about the international stage? 
  • Sasse slams Trump: Republican Sen. Ben Sasse slammed President Donald Trump during a call with constituents this week, saying he “kisses dictators’ butts” and has “flirted with white supremacists.”
  • Where are the candidates?: President Donald Trump campaigns in Florida and Georgia today, while Democrat Joe Biden speaks with voters in Michigan. Vice President Mike Pence is in North Carolina while Sen. Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, takes part in a virtual fundraiser. 

📆 18 days until Election Day, six days until the final presidential debate, 96 days until Inauguration Day, 78 days left in 2020.

🗳️ Voting: See USA TODAY’s Voter Guide for information on registering to votewhen your state begins voting and what the candidates think about the issues

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GOP Maryland governor writes-in Ronald Reagan rather than vote for Trump, Biden

Maryland’s Republican Gov. Larry Hogan wrote-in former President Ronald Reagan on the ballot he mailed in last week rather than vote for either President Donald Trump or his Democratic challenger Joe Biden. 

The news, which was first reported Friday by The Washington Post, was confirmed on Twitter later that day by Hogan’s communications director Mike Ricci.

“I know it’s simply symbolic. It’s not going to change the outcome in my state. But I thought it was important to just cast a vote that showed the kind of person I’d like to see in office,” Hogan told the Post. 

Hogan, a fierce critic of the president, did not vote for Trump in 2016 either, writing in his father, Larry Hogan, Sr., instead of voting for Trump or Hillary…



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