During a campaign stop hosted by concrete contractor Nickolas Savko Monday in Columbus, Vice President Mike Pence criticized Mayor Andy Ginther's removal of the Christopher Columbus statue from the City Hall grounds.
He said the country's history should not torn down. Ginther responded on Twitter, saying talk about the statue was an attempt to distract from more than 200 thousand COVID-19 deaths under the current administration. Columbus City Council last night passed a resolution declaring October 12th Indigenous People's Day. Pence also promised the Trump Administration will pursue a healthcare plan that protects people with pre-existing conditions. But like the president, Pence gave no details:
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case on the Affordable Care Act soon after the election. Pence claimed President Trump had invigorated the economy. The Associated Press has described Pence's framing as “distorted,” saying unemployment was already low and falling in the second term of former President Obama, and the nation's gross domestic product is only slightly better under Trump. Pence also underscored the nomination of Amy Conney Barrett to the high court.
During a campaign stop in Toledo Monday, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said President Trump's conduct since he was diagnosed with COVID-19 is "unconscionable." Speaking with auto workers, Biden said Trump knew in January how dangerous the pandemic could be but did nothing. He said Trump mishandled the pandemic due to his economic goals:
Biden also criticized Trump for his call to boycott Akron-based Goodyear, and for telling GM workers not to sell their houses in Lordstown. The plant in that city was sold to electric vehicle startup Lordstown Motors:
Biden also stumped last night in Cincinnati.