The Latest: Biden's Traveling Press Pool Stuck In Delaware

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WASHINGTON: The Latest on the 2020 presidential race (all times local):

2:10 p.m.

Joe Biden is blasting President Donald Trump and Republicans for fast-tracking a Supreme Court nomination while negotiations plod along on a new coronavirus economic relief package.

The Democratic presidential nominee said at a drive-in rally in Toledo, Ohio, on Monday that Trump turned his back on you during the pandemic and its economic fallout.

Biden is campaigning in Ohio as the Senate Judiciary Committee holds confirmation hearings for Trumps Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett. Republicans want to confirm Barrett before Election Day, on Nov. 3.

Biden questioned why Republicans have time for Supreme Court hearings but not time to come to an agreement with House Democrats on another economic relief package to help individuals, businesses and city and state governments.

The Democrat said Trump is the first president he can recall who did not try to call the parties together at the White House to negotiate legislation responding to a crisis.



President Donald Trump returns to the campaign trail after an 11-day absence while he recovered from the coronavirus. He is holding a rally in Florida. Democrat Joe Biden, meanwhile, is campaigning in Ohio on Monday.

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1:10 p.m.

Joe Biden is in Toledo, Ohio, but his traveling press pool is not.

The Democratic presidential nominee travels with two planes, a departure from most recent major party nominees. The campaign attributes the setup to COVID-19 protocols. One of the Biden campaign planes is for the candidate, his staff and Secret Service detail. The other is for the reporters, photographers and videographers who cover his campaign, along with one senior Biden aide and a Secret Service agent.

But on Monday morning, the press plane had a malfunction and remained grounded in Wilmington, Delaware. Because Bidens plane always takes off first, the candidate was on his way to Ohio.

There still will be some media in attendance in Toledo.

The Biden campaign has said the press pool should be reunited with Biden for a second Ohio event in Cincinnati later Monday.

President Donald Trumps traveling press corps now flies with him on Air Force One. But when he was a candidate in 2016, Trump also relegated the press to its own plane, while he traveled on the Trump Organizations Boeing 757 dubbed Trump Force One.

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