The evening before election day for President Donald Trump’s campaign saw him hold rallies in the swing states: North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. He then finished the night by holding two rallies within Michigan.
In North Carolina, Trump told his supporters: “Next year will be the greatest economic year in the history of our country”.
However, Trump’s election campaign looks similar to this time four years ago, where he travelled around mostly the same states and stood taking photos with voters wearing red hats and waving ‘Make American Great Again’ signs.
But his messages weren’t the exact same. The economic populism which helped Trump to presidency last time wasn’t as prevalent this time.
Instead, his speech contained less of the previous issues in his 2016 campaign, which consisted of bringing back manufacturing jobs, cutting taxes, striking better trade deals, and ending foreign wars according to CNBC.
Trump’s closing arguments this time were a list of his personal grievances against government agencies; court voting laws; individual journalists to TV hosts; pollsters; tech companies and more.
Another facet of Trump’s closing argument were his attacks on Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. In his rally in Pennsylvania, Trump told supporters Biden would “totally destroy Pennsylvania”.
Trump said: “Joe Biden is a globalist who spent 47 years outsourcing your jobs, opening your borders and sacrificing American blood and treasure on ridiculous, endless foreign wars most of you have never even heard of”.
For former Vice President, Joe Biden, his final day of campaigning led to stops in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Biden’s message has not changed much throughout this election campaign. The main point in Biden’s pitch to voters remains that President Trump has not, and will not, take the necessary steps to control the COVID-19 pandemic.
At one of his campaign stops on Monday in Cleveland, Biden said: “Donald Trump waved the white flag of surrender to this virus”, continuing to say: “I’m never gonna raise the white flag of surrender. We’re gonna beat this virus, and we’re gonna get it under control, I promise you. But the first step to beating the virus is beating Donald Trump”.
Mr Biden’s last-minute stop in his campaign to Ohio brought up another one of his key messages: telling voters that the race was the soul of America. Biden said it is time for Trump to “pack his bags”, and said: “We’re done with the tweets, the anger, the hate, the failure, the irresponsibility”.
National polls suggest Biden could have a firm lead in the election, however, his lead is slimmer in a handful of states which could decide the result of the election.
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