The Trump campaign has spent at least $10 million on television spots attacking the former vice president’s record on China amid the coronavirus pandemic worsening in the US.
According to an aide who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the nationwide ads that will air on TV networks, broadcast outlets and online.
The advertisements are focused mostly on Biden’s on record on China in his time in government, as well as continuing to blame China for the coronavirus outbreak.
In one ad, the Trump campaign accuses Biden of opposing travel restrictions on foreign nationals coming from China that Trump announced in January, saying that Biden will not “stand up” to the country.
The Biden campaign has denounced the messaging of the advertisements.
Andrew Bates, a Biden spokesman, pointed out that Trump has previously praised China for its handling of the coronavirus outbreak in January and February, and also accused him of having “horrifically mismanaged the worst public health crisis in over 100 years.”
During the Democratic Party primary Biden’s campaign spent millions on ads, and is expected to spend more in the coming months, along with aligned political groups.
According to Advertising Analytics and Cross Screen Media, some $1.7 billion is expected to be spent on ads in the 2020 Trump-Biden race.
Polling in the US has suggested that the November election is incredibly tight, with narrow leads for each of the two candidates.
In the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted Monday and Tuesday, 45 percent of Americans said Trump would be better at creating jobs.
This is compared with 32 percent who thought Biden would be better at it.
Overall, Biden’s recent lead over Trump had essentially vanished, according to the poll.
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The former vice president has been forced to run his presidential campaign from his Delaware home in keeping with restrictions aimed at combating coronavirus.
But Donald Trump has put himself at the helm of the US pandemic response, with mostly regular White House briefings.
Some of Biden’s most dominant recent headlines focused on a former US Senate aide’s allegation that he sexually assaulted her in 1993.
Biden said last week the alleged assault “never happened” and asked the Senate to make public any documents related to the accusation by Tara Reade, who worked as a staff assistant in Biden’s Senate office from December 1992 to August 1993.
The same Reuters/Ipsos poll showed that overall, 42 percent of Americans said they approved of Trump’s performance in office, and 53 percent said they disapproved.
The president’s popularity has remained relatively flat for more than a year.
The US is the worst effected country from coronavirus, with 1,292,623 confirmed cases.
It has the highest death toll as well, with 76,864 and 2,065 in the last 24 hours.
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