ACB To Swear In, Trump Leaves Interview, and Biden in Bucks County: News Flash for 10/26/20
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Circuit Judge and Notre Dame Law Professor Amy Coney Barrett is expected to be voted into the Supreme Court today, almost a week before the presidential election, and exactly one month after she was first nominated by President Trump. With the final vote scheduled for 7:30 p.m. this evening, Barrett will be Trump’s third Supreme Court nomination voted into an open seat, this one in the wake of the death of longtime Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. 51 votes will be needed to vote Barrett into office. While many politicians have voiced praise and support for the nomination, such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, others have voiced concern over Barrett’s personal beliefs and political philosophy, with politicians like Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer saying the nomination will tarnish the name of the Republican party. Schumer also detested Vice President Mike Pence being the one to swear Barrett in after the COVID-19 outbreak that happened at a White House event after Barret was nominated. Some are concerned her personal beliefs will affect American healthcare and the Roe V. Wade decision, with some claiming the observant Catholic Barrett will work to overturn the decision, something she has argued against, saying her personal beliefs will not compromise her political aspirations.
President Trump is facing more criticism after a new 60 Minutes interview was released where he stopped the interview half-way through production. Lesley Stahl of CBS News interviewed both President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden in what has become a tradition for 60 Minutes: to interview both candidates right before the election. During her interview with President Trump, Stahl asked a series of questions to Trumps as to why he believes he should be reelected, questioning him on his response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the racial tension in the country after the George Floyd and subsequent Black Lives Matter protests around the country. Trump insisted that she was being biased, asking him all the hard questions, and being lenient on Biden. “I see Joe Biden, giving softball after softball. I’ve seen all of his interviews. He’s never been asked a question that’s hard,” Trump said during the interview. He left the interview a little after this, claiming the interview was inappropriate and biased. Stahl was given a large collection of files on the President’s healthcare plan by Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany and then interviewed Vice President Mike Pence.
Former Vice President Joe Biden made a campaign stop in Bucks County, Pennsylvania on Saturday. The Democratic presidential candidate held a speaking event in Bristol Township at the Epstein Campus of Bucks County Community College a little more than a week before the election. Biden and his wife Jill have a long history with Pennsylvania; the former Vice President was born in Scranton and his wife grew up in Willow Grove in Montgomery County. The Biden campaign headquarters is located in Philadelphia, less than an hour outside of Bucks County. At the speaking event, Biden discussed his plans for tackling the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic implications it has been and will have on the country. “I’ll shut down the virus and not the economy. We can walk and chew gum at the same time,” Biden said. He also discussed the issues President Trump has brought up in this country and his failures as a leader. Biden was endorsed by multiple Bucks County Democrats, including Christina Finello, who was present at the event and gave a speech in support of Biden. Finello is currently running against Republican Brian Fitzpatrick, a current Representative for Pennsylvania’s 1st congregational district. Along with cars full of his supporters, Biden was met by a large group of Trump supporters at the community college.