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Biden to join Senate Democrats online for lunch, questions

Added 09-17-20 01:03:02am EST - “Joe Biden is set to join Senate Democrats for an online lunch, returning virtually to the place that fostered his political career as he fields questions from allies on the race for the White House and the down-ballot effort to wrest…” - Washingtontimes.com

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Joe Biden is set to join Senate Democrats for an online lunch, returning virtually to the place that fostered his political career as he fields questions from allies on the race for the White House and the down-ballot effort to wrest the Senate’s majority control from Republicans.

The event Thursday will be a homecoming, of sorts, for the former U.S. senator now the party’s presidential nominee. Yet it takes place at a grave moment with the COVID-19 crisis and economic distress ahead of an election like no other. While a welcome former colleague, Biden will likely face tough questions about his strategy to defeat President Donald Trump.

Biden is on offense this week over the president’s handling of the coronavirus crisis. He will travel later in the day to Scranton, Pennsylvania, his boyhood hometown, for a CNN town hall after Trump’s own town hall earlier this week on ABC. The nearly back-to-back forums have been considered tuneups ahead of three presidential debates, the first scheduled for Sept. 29.

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Late Wednesday, Biden seized on Trump openly contradicting the nation’s top health officials to claim a vaccine would be ready as early as next month, just before the election. “When I said I trust vaccines, and I trust the scientists, but I don’t trust Donald Trump - this is what I meant,” Biden tweeted.

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