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Joe Biden discusses COVID-19′s toll in Manitowoc

Published: Sep. 20, 2020 at 9:32 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 21, 2020 at 12:57 PM CDT
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MANITOWOC, Wis. (WBAY) - Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden flew into Austin Straubel International Airport Monday afternoon on his way to Manitowoc to deliver a speech about President Trump’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Biden began speaking at a Manitowoc business in Manitowoc Monday at 2:30 p.m.

The former vice president addressed the number of deaths in America due to COVID-19, which is nearing 200,000.

In addition, Biden discussed his upbringing in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and said that the president “sees the world from Park Avenue.”

Biden’s visit comes two weeks after his first trip to Wisconsin since getting the Democratic nomination. He visited Kenosha in the wake of the Jacob Blake shooting and violent protests.

The campaign points out President Obama won Manitowoc County by more than 7 points in 2008, but in the contest between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in 2016 the county went for the Republican by more than 21 points.

Dr. Jill Biden, Joe’s wife, is expected to virtually attend an event in western Wisconsin on Wednesday. That event will be held with Congressman Ron Kind, who represents the Third District.

During the broadcast of the Emmy Awards Sunday night, the Biden campaign launched a national ad featuring a Wausau woman. Margaret Pagoria talks about the effects the coronavirus pandemic has had on her family, including her children’s schooling and not being able to visit her parents. Biden released a statement with the ad:

“Wisconsinites are suffering the consequences of President Trump’s historic failure of leadership. After deliberately downplaying the virus' severity, Trump still has no plan to get it under control and has proven himself utterly incapable of guiding us through this moment. It didn’t have to be this bad. If I’m elected president, we won’t play political games with public health — we’ll trust the experts and the science, speak honestly with the American people, and implement my plan to beat the virus and build our country back better than before.”

Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to visit Eau Claire this week. President Trump has campaigned in Wisconsin five times, including a speech in Mosinee last week.

Sunday afternoon, Anna Kelly, a spokesperson for Trump Victory, issued the following statement:

“Joe Biden’s NAFTA deal obliterated over 66,000 Wisconsin jobs. His last-ditch effort to parachute into the Badger State after pushing anti-worker policies for decades, appointing anti-USMCA Kamala Harris as his running mate, and ignoring Wisconsin for 674 days is insulting. Wisconsinites know that President Trump has their back. Joe Biden does not.”

Action 2 News was also able to interview Biden one on one following the event - you can watch the full interview by clicking here.

If you missed Biden’s speech in Manitowoc, you can watch the full speech below:

WATCH LIVE: Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is in Manitowoc, and is expected to speak about President Trump's pandemic response.

WATCH LIVE: Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is in Manitowoc, and is expected to speak about President Trump's pandemic response.

Posted by WBAY TV-2 on Monday, September 21, 2020

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