A senior staff member in Kamala Harris’s campaign team has tested positive for coronavirus. Liz Allen, Ms Harris’s communications director, tested positive on Wednesday evening, as did a member of crew on a flight the vice presidential candidate took on 8 October. Ms Harris has suspended in-person events until Monday. She had been scheduled to travel to North Carolina on Thursday for events encouraging voters to cast early ballots.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is getting heat over a solo hair salon visit in San Francisco at a time when California businesses are limited by concern over coronavirus. Footage aired by Fox News Channel shows Pelosi, her mask around her neck rather than on her face, walking through the establishment. A stylist follows her, wearing a mask.
Joe Biden has been formally nominated as the Democratic Party’s candidate for the US presidency. His election candidacy was confirmed in a virtual ‘roll-call’ of 57 states and voting territories. He later tweeted: “It is the honor of my life to accept the Democratic Party’s nomination for president of the United States of America.” On the second day of the Democratic National Convention, a number of prominent political figures endorsed Joe Biden.
Michelle Obama has launched a stinging attack on US President Donald Trump as Democrats prepared to crown Joe Biden as their White House challenger. “Donald Trump is the wrong president for our country,” said the former US first lady in an emotional recorded message to the Democratic convention. The election takes place on Tuesday 3 November.
Joe Biden has selected Kamala Harris to be his running mate, elevating a charismatic blue-state senator, former prosecutor and onetime 2020 primary rival who has built a reputation as an unyielding antagonist of the Trump administration. Harris, the daughter of immigrants from Jamaica and India, was the wire-to-wire frontrunner for Biden’s No. 2 job. Harris will be the first woman, the first Asian American and the first Black vice president if elected.
Ten Democrats have clashed in the first TV debate of the race to oust President Donald Trump from the White House. The eventual Democratic White House nominee will be crowned at the party convention in July next year, before the presidential election in November. Ten other Democrats in the crowded field, including Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, will battle on Thursday night.
The House Intelligence Committee voted, Monday, approving the release of a Democratic memo refuting Republican claims that the FBI and Justice Department abused surveillance during the 2016 election. President Trump has five days to review the memo and determine whether to block its release. Trump supported the initial Republican memo, saying it ‘totally vindicates’ him.
Bernie Sanders has declared “a great victory” in the New Hampshire primary after edging out Democratic rival Pete Buttigieg. Addressing his supporters, the 78-year-old vowed that the result means it is “the beginning of the end for Donald Trump”. He acknowledged his Democratic Party rivals, saying: “No matter who wins, we’re going to unite together and defeat the most dangerous president in the modern history of our country.”
Bernie Sanders has denied telling his Democratic rival Elizabeth Warren that a woman could not be elected president. During the latest Democratic debate in Iowa, Mr Sanders rejected Ms Warren’s claims that he made the remark during a private meeting in 2018 – describing it as “incomprehensible”. There are just three weeks to go until Iowa becomes the first state to hold a caucus and choose their preferred candidate.
Two weeks after President Trump blocked its full release, a Democrat memo designed to counter a Republican memo claiming the FBI and justice department conspired against Trump while they investigated his ties to Russia, was published with redactions. Trump reacted to the memo’s release, Saturday, calling it ‘a total political and legal BUST.’