With 22 days to go until the election, Joe Biden on Monday went after Republicans for holding a Supreme Court confirmation hearing but not delivering more coronavirus aid, as the Democratic presidential nominee campaigned in the battleground state of Ohio.
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump is slated to speak in-person at an official campaign rally for the first time since contracting COVID-19, as he visits the crucial swing state of Florida.
Biden has an edge of 3.7 percentage points over Trump in polls focused on Florida, while his edge in Ohio is less than 1 point , according to the latest RealClearPolitics moving averages. Trump and his campaign have said pollsters are getting the White House race wrong .
“Why do Republicans have time to hold a hearing on the Supreme Court?” Biden asked during a speech in Toledo, Ohio.
The former vice president suggested the GOP instead should be focused on responding to “a significant economic need” faced by localities hurt by the coronavirus crisis. He added that the court move has to do with Trump wanting to “wipe out” the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
Hearings for Amy Coney Barrett , Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, were under way in Washington, D.C., on Monday.
Trump, for his part, tweeted Monday that Senate Republicans were giving their Democratic colleagues a “ great deal of time , which is not mandated, to make their self serving statements relative to our great new future Supreme Court Justice. Personally, I would pull back, approve, and go for STIMULUS for the people!!!”
The president is slated to travel to Sanford, Fla., for a speech scheduled for 7 p.m. Eastern Time. On the stimulus front, a White House offer on coronavirus relief has been panned by both House Democrats and Senate Republicans .
Sources: RealClearPolitics, FactSet
Biden also told reporters on Monday that there should not be any questions about Barrett’s Catholic faith at this week’s hearings, and instead the focus should be on how she might bring about the demise of Obamacare. Following his speech in Toledo, the Democratic challenger is slated to attend a “voter mobilization event” in Cincinnati.
Betting markets tracked by RealClearPolitics on Monday were giving Biden a 67.1% chance of winning, just below his all-time high of 67.5% hit on Sunday, while Trump was at 32.7%, a new low.
Courts over the weekend made rulings that could affect how votes are cast and counted in the Nov. 3 election, with a Pennsylvania court rejecting a GOP challenge to state voting rules, a Texas judge coming out against limits on drop-box locations, and an Ohio court permitting similar limits.
Trump on Saturday made his first public appearance since returning to the White House after being treated for the coronavirus. His administration insisted the event on the White House’s South Lawn on Saturday was an official event and not a campaign rally but Trump used the address to criticize the Democratic ticket .
U.S. stocks /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX -1.01% were moving higher on Monda y, while the CBOE Volatility Index /zigman2/quotes/210598281/delayed VIX +9.52% also advanced. Analysts have tied recent gains for equities to decreasing fears about a contested outcome for the presidential election , as well as to hopes that another aid package will become a reality eventually.