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Biden condemns rioting in new ad

Biden says he'd like live op 'lies' during debates

Biden condemns rioting in new ad

Democratic nominee Joe Biden's campaign on Tuesday released a new ad that condemns rioting and violence as President Trump's campaign continues to frame a Biden presidency as one that would lead to more turbulence and unrest.

The Biden campaign ad, entitled "Be Not Afraid," focuses on a portion of Biden's Monday speech from a steel mill in Pittsburgh, in which he spoke out against the violence involved in demonstrations around the country and blamed Trump for inciting it.

Riots have continued in Portland, Ore., and Kenosha, Wis., over the police treatment of the Black community. Trump and his allies have ramped up accusations that Democrats and the media paint the protests as "mostly peaceful" despite instances of repeated violence.

"I want to make it absolutely clear rioting is not protesting, looting is not protesting," the former vice president said in the ad's opening. "It's lawlessness, plain and simple, and those that do it should be prosecuted."

Biden places blame for the violence on Trump for not calling "on his own supporters to stop acting as an armed militia."

"If I were president my language would be less divisive," he said in the ad. "I'd be looking to lower the temperature in this country, not raise it."

"This is not who we are," he added. "I believe we'll be guided by the words of Pope John Paul II, words drawn from the scriptures, 'Be not afraid.' "

Throughout the spot, images of the damage following the demonstrations are shown.
Protests have continued in Portland since George Floyd's death in May while in police custody in Minneapolis. These demonstrations have sometimes turned violent, prompting the Trump administration to send federal authorities to the city in July. One person belonging to a right-wing group was fatally shot in the city over the weekend.

Demonstrations in Kenosha have erupted since video footage circulated last week showing police shooting Black man Jacob Blake at least seven times in the back. Three people were shot, two of them fatally, in a shooting at Kenosha protests last week.

The Biden ad counters one of the main themes and warnings from the Republican National Convention that a Biden presidency would bring more violence to the country.

The Trump campaign hit Biden in a statement after his Pennsylvania speech Monday, saying he did not push Democratic officials to accept federal assistance or request the National Guard be in to address the unrest.

"These left-wing rioters are Joe Biden supporters trashing cities run by Democrats who support his candidacy," Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh said.

"He has repeatedly given them cover by excusing their violence by calling them 'peaceful protestors' and accusing law enforcement of 'stoking the fires of division' ... it's almost impossible to tell where his campaign ends and Antifa begins. You won't be safe in Joe Biden's America."

Biden says he'd like live onscreen fact checks to combat Trump 'lies' during debates

Oliver O'Connell

Democratic candidate and former vice president Joe Biden said he would like an onscreen fact check ticker to counter Donald Trump’s "lies" during the upcoming debates.

Speaking at a campaign event to lay out his plan for reopening schools in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Mr Biden said he is preparing for the debates by going over everything the president has said and the "multiple lies" he’s told.

He then went on to say that it would be great to have a fact check ticker at the bottom of the screen.

“It would make a great debate if everything we said was instantly fact-checked by an agreed to group of people," he said, before conceding that it probably wouldn't be possible.

He added: "I'm looking forward to debating the president, and I'm going to lay out as clearly as I can what I think we have to do to bring this country back and build it back better, and I'm looking forward to the debates."

Cable news shows have in the past live fact-checked presidential speeches, but a debate format might prove more challenging.

The debate schedule was finalised some time ago, but the moderators for the three presidential debates and the one vice presidential debate were announced on Wednesday.

The first debate on 29 September at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, will be moderated by Chris Wallace, anchor of Fox News Sunday.

On 7 October Kamala Harris and vice president Mike Pence will debate each other at The University of Utah in Salt Lake City, with Susan Page, Washington bureau chief of USA Today acting as moderator.
The second presidential debate on 15 October will be held at the Adrienne Arsht Centre for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida, and will be formatted as a town hall-style event, moderated by Steve Scully, senior executive producer and political editor of C-SPAN.

Finally, the third presidential debate on 22 October at Belmost University in Nashville, Tennessee, will be moderated by Kristen Welker, co-anchor of Weekend TODAY and White House correspondent for NBC News.

The non-partisan Commission on Presidential Debates selects the dates, locations, formats and moderators for each of the debates.

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