‘There are no miracles coming,’ Biden says as coronavirus cases rise

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden visited Lancaster, Pennsylvania on Thursday.Sister station WGAL-TV was the only local TV station there from the Susquehanna Valley to speak with him one-on-one.It was Biden’s first local television interview since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.Biden spent Thursday in Pennsylvania warning “there are no miracles coming” to help the nation beat back the still deadly pandemic.“Amazingly, he hasn’t grasped the most basic fact of this crisis: To fix the economy we have to get control over the virus,” the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said of President Donald Trump while speaking at a community center in Lancaster. “He’s like a child who can’t believe this has happened to him. His whining and self-pity. This pandemic didn’t happen to him. It happened to all of us.”Biden has spent weeks arguing that the pandemic remains a clear and present danger that Trump is trying to wish away amid a desire to speed an economic recovery. The president counters that the country doesn’t have to choose between its health and improving the economy.Meanwhile, Trump visited a Wisconsin shipyard to emphasize job growth and reviving an economy hammered by the coronavirus. He was promoting a contract won in April by Fincantieri Marinette Marine to build as many as 10 Navy frigates. The company employs about 2,500 people now, and the deal could add 1,000 jobs. It’s the first new major shipbuilding program for the Navy in more than a decade.After long focusing on staging virtual rallies and other online appearances from his Delaware home, Biden has in recent weeks begun making frequent trips to Pennsylvania, allowing him to target a swing state without venturing far. Lancaster is about an hour and 15 minutes by car from Biden’s house, and yet it is the farthest he’s traveled lately, aside from a trip to Houston to meet with the family of George Floyd, whose death in police custody sparked protests around the nation.Trump, by contrast, staged a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, last weekend and spoke at a megachurch in Arizona on Tuesday. On Thursday, he visited Marinette in rural Wisconsin for a private tour of a shipyard and to participate in a town hall to be broadcast by Fox News Channel from an airport in Green Bay. Vice President Mike Pence also hit another key state, Ohio.Arriving in Wisconsin, Trump acknowledged the power of incumbency, tweeting, “Launching big new ship contract!” Video on Twitter showed protesters just outside the airport, chanting “Hands up, don’t shoot,” and “I can’t breathe.” Meanwhile, an event page created by Fox News said attendees of the town hall event were required to wear a face covering.Biden has also broken with Trump by spending weeks denouncing institutional racism and police brutality, siding with protesters around the country. Pence drove home that contrast on Thursday, participating in a police roll call during his stop in Youngstown, Ohio.The vice president declared that promoting the rights of African Americans did not have to come at the expense of police rights. “We’re showing we don’t have to make that choice,” Pence said.The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden visited Lancaster, Pennsylvania on Thursday.

Sister station WGAL-TV was the only local TV station there from the Susquehanna Valley to speak with him one-on-one.

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It was Biden’s first local television interview since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

Biden spent Thursday in Pennsylvania warning “there are no miracles coming” to help the nation beat back the still deadly pandemic.

“Amazingly, he hasn’t grasped the most basic fact of this crisis: To fix the economy we have to get control over the virus,” the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said of President Donald Trump while speaking at a community center in Lancaster. “He’s like a child who can’t believe this has happened to him. His whining and self-pity. This pandemic didn’t happen to him. It happened to all of us.”

Biden has spent weeks arguing that the pandemic remains a clear and present danger that Trump is trying to wish away amid a desire to speed an economic recovery. The president counters that the country doesn’t have to choose between its health and improving the economy.

Meanwhile, Trump visited a Wisconsin shipyard to emphasize job growth and reviving an economy hammered by the coronavirus. He was promoting a contract won in April by Fincantieri Marinette Marine to build as many as 10 Navy frigates. The company employs about 2,500 people now, and the deal could add 1,000 jobs. It’s the first new major shipbuilding program for the Navy in more than a decade.

After long focusing on staging virtual rallies and other online appearances from his Delaware home, Biden has in recent weeks begun making frequent trips to Pennsylvania, allowing him to target a swing state without venturing far. Lancaster is about an hour and 15 minutes by car from Biden’s house, and yet it is the farthest he’s traveled lately, aside from a trip to Houston to meet with the family of George Floyd, whose death in police custody sparked protests around the nation.

Trump, by contrast, staged a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, last weekend and spoke at a megachurch in Arizona on Tuesday. On Thursday, he visited Marinette in rural Wisconsin for a private tour of a shipyard and to participate in a town hall to be broadcast by Fox News Channel from an airport in Green Bay. Vice President Mike Pence also hit another key state, Ohio.

Arriving in Wisconsin, Trump acknowledged the power of incumbency, tweeting, “Launching big new ship contract!” Video on Twitter showed protesters just outside the airport, chanting “Hands up, don’t shoot,” and “I can’t breathe.” Meanwhile, an event page created by Fox News said attendees of the town hall event were required to wear a face covering.

Biden has also broken with Trump by spending weeks denouncing institutional racism and police brutality, siding with protesters around the country. Pence drove home that contrast on Thursday, participating in a police roll call during his stop in Youngstown, Ohio.

The vice president declared that promoting the rights of African Americans did not have to come at the expense of police rights. “We’re showing we don’t have to make that choice,” Pence said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.