Trump Casts Election Doubts, Biden Urges Voting in Heated Debate
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden painted a very different picture of the reliability of the upcoming election.
Biden urged voters to cast their ballots and not be intimidated by Trump’s suggestions he might not accept a loss. Trump has been groundlessly casting doubt on the reliability of mail ballots and elections in general.
“Vote whatever way is the best way for you,” Biden said. “Because he will not be able to stop you from determining the outcome of this election.”
Biden agreed not to declare victory before the ballots are counted and to accept voters’ verdicts.
Trump continued to spread falsehoods about mail voting. He said falsely that his campaign's poll watchers were improperly turned away at a Philadelphia early voting site Tuesday -- the poll watchers had not yet been accredited to observe. He suggested widespread Democratic fraud because a handful of ballots were improperly thrown in the trash last week -- but didn’t mention it occurred in a Republican-controlled elections office and was quickly reported to authorities.
Biden urged viewers not to worry about Trump’s scare tactics.
“I will accept it, and he will, too. You know why?” Biden said. “Because once the winner is declared once all the ballots are counted, that’ll be the end of it."
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