The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has dramatically changed the election as both candidates head to battleground states on Monday.
President Donald Trump says he will pick a replacement after Ginsburg’s funeral, likely by Friday or Saturday.
- Democratic candidate Joe Biden has appealed to Republican Senators to delay a vote on Trump’s pick.
Trump campaigns in Ohio on Monday, a state Biden’s campaign has been increasingly eyeing.
- Biden makes his second trip to Wisconsin this month, underscoring the state’s electoral significance with 43 days until November 3.
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Here are the latest updates:
Monday, September 21
10:00 ET – Biden campaign announces advertisement buys in Georgia and Iowa
The Biden campaign has expanded its advertising push in states seen as critical to winning the Electoral College to include Georgia and Iowa.
Advertisements in Georgia will target Black voters, as part of the “Shop Talk” series, which features roundtable discussions on issues affecting Black men.
In Iowa, the campaign will run previously released advertisements that highlight Biden’s message of unifying the country, his plan to respond to the coronavirus and rebuild the economy.
The advertisements come as Biden’s campaign has looked to several states initially considered out of reach and following an August fundraising haul that outpaced Trump by a $140m cash-on-hand advantage.
09:30 ET – Trump says Supreme Court pick could come on Friday or Saturday
Trump has said he expects to announce his pick for the Supreme Court on Friday or Saturday, after funeral services for Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
He told the Fox & Friends programme on Monday he had a list of five finalists, “probably four”, and that he is pushing for a confirmation vote before Election Day.
Trump also disparaged reports that Ginsburg had told her granddaughter it was her wish that a replacement justice not be confirmed until the inauguration of a new president, saying he thought his Democratic political foes were behind the report, including Representative Adam Schiff, who led the House impeachment probe, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer.
“I don’t know that she said that, or was that written out by Adam Schiff and Schumer and Pelosi,” Trump said. “I would be more inclined to the second … But that sounds like a Schumer deal or maybe a Pelosi or Shifty Schiff.”
09:00 ET – Weekend recap: Ginsburg vacancy shifts race dynamics
The death of Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg has dramatically shifted the dynamics of the presidential race, which will play out over the appointment of her successor.
Senate Republican leaders quickly promised to vote on a Trump nominee before the election as they jockey to get a 6-3 conservative majority in the state. Trump said they should act “without delay”.
Amid outrage from Democrats, Biden called on a “handful” of senators to break party ranks and wait until after the election to vote on a Trump nominee.
To date, Senators Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins say they oppose moving forward with the nomination, while Senators Lyndsey Graham and Lamar Alexander, who were considered possible, if not likely, dissenters, have said they support moving ahead with the pre-election confirmation.
Read all the updates from Friday, September 18 here.
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