- Donald Trump and Joe Biden are back on the campaign trail on Wednesday after a debate that often felt like a chaotic verbal brawl.
- Trump will hold a rally in Minnesota, a state he hopes he can turn in the wake of racial justice protests there.
- Biden sets off on a train tour of Pennsylvania and Ohio.
- Kamala Harris’s husband, Doug Emhoff, and Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, will campaign in New Hampshire and Florida, respectively, with 34 days until November 3.
Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the US elections. This is Joseph Stepansky.
Here are the latest updates:
Wednesday, September 30:
13:00 ET – Sole Black Republican Senator says Trump ‘misspoke’ on white supremacists
Senator Tim Scott, the only Black Republican in the chamber, said Trump misspoke during Tuesday’s debate when he said failed to condemn white supremacists.
“I think he misspoke in response to Chris Wallace’s comment,” Scott answered. “He was asking Chris what he wanted to say, I think he misspoke. I think he should correct it. If he doesn’t correct it, I guess he didn’t misspeak.”
When pressed to denounce white supremacist and militia groups during the debate, Trump demurred.
“Who would you like me to condemn?” Trump said. When Biden said the name of the far-right group Proud Boys, Trump responded: “Proud Boys – stand back and stand by.”
12:30 ET – Biden ‘American people will not stand for’ trump refusing to step down
Biden has said US citizens would not stand by if Trump loses the election and refuses to step down, one day after the Trump again refused to say whether he would accepts the results of the November 3 election.
“The president will step down. The American people will not stand for it. No agency would stand for that happening,” Biden, said at a campaign stop in Ohio during a train tour.
He also denounced a right wing group that Trump declined to condemn in Tuesday night’s debate, saying: “My message to the Proud Boys and every other white supremacist group is: cease and desist.”
“The American people will decide who the next president is. Period,” Biden added.
12:00 ET – Brazil’s Bolsonaro slams Biden for ‘coward threats’ over Amazon
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro reacted angrily on Biden’s call for a world effort to offer Brazil $20 billion to end Amazon deforestation or face unspecified “economic consequences.”
Bolsonaro wrote on Facebook he interpreted Biden’s comment in the debate on Tuesday night as a threat of economic sanctions if Brazil did not take the offer.
Bolsonaro wrote in Portuguese and English that he does not accept “bribes” or “coward threats”.
The president said Brazil was taking action on deforestation and reasserted that he views foreign interest in the Amazon as financially motivated and an attempt to undermine Brazilian sovereignty.
11:30 ET – Former RNC chair supports Biden
Marc Racicot, the former governor of Montana and Republican National Committee chair has become the most recent high-profile Republican to break from the party and support Biden.
“I regret that I will cause consternation perhaps in some corners, but even as a Republican, I will not be supporting Donald Trump for president, and I will not be voting for him,” Racicot said in a radio interview, according to the Missoulian news site. “That means I will be voting for Joe Biden for president.”
“I’m not going to march lockstep with him every step of the way or with the administration. I’ll have disagreements, I’m certain. But the content of a man’s character or a woman’s character to serve in that capacity is more important than any other issue that I have to consider as a matter of conscience,” he said.
11:00 ET – In train tour, Biden presents himself as candidate who will ‘walk in your shoes’
Biden has begun a train tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania a day after a contentious debate with Trump
“This election is a choice between Scranton and Park Avenue values,” said Biden before boarding an Amtrak train with his wife, Dr Jill Biden.
“Does any president, does your president understand at all what you’re going through? What so many other people are going through?” Biden asked train passengers. “Does he care? Does he try to walk in your shoes to try and understand what’s going on in your life, or does he just ignore you and all the folks all over America who are in a similar situation.”
10:30 ET – Biden condemns failure to condemn alt-right Proud Boys group
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Wednesday accused his rival, Republican President Donald Trump, of failing to condemn white supremacists during their chaotic first debate.
“There’s no other way to put it: the President of the United States refused to disavow white supremacists on the debate stage last night,” Biden said in a tweet.
In a heated back-and-forth about racism and policing, Trump was pressed repeatedly to denounce white supremacists and militia groups.
“Who would you like me to condemn?” Trump said. When Biden said the name of the far-right group, Trump responded: “Proud Boys – stand back and stand by.”
10:00 ET – Biden campaign raises its biggest hourly sum as first debate ends
Biden’s campaign broke its single-hour fundraising record as the Democrat’s debate with President Donald Trump wrapped up on Tuesday pulling in $3.8m, a campaign official said.
Biden’s deputy campaign manager, Kate Bedingfield, announced the online fundraising haul on a phone call with reporters.
09:30 ET – Biden’s ‘inshallah’ during US debate dubbed ‘historic’ on Twitter
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden cast doubt during Tuesday night’s debate on whether President Donald Trump would ever release his tax returns.
“You’ll get to see it,” Trump said repeatedly as moderator Chris Wallace pressed him to commit to a firm timeline. Biden retorted, “When? Inshallah?”
While the Arabic language phrase translates to “God willing”, it also has colloquial connotations of ambiguous commitment.
Social media users were quick to react with humour at the remark. Some referred to it as an “historic moment in America”. Others expressed their surprise while noting that “anything is possible in 2020”, a year marked with unprecedented events.
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09:00 ET – Trump, Biden battle in ‘ugly’ first US election debate
President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden engaged in a heated and at times ugly exchange of words in the first presidential debate of the US election.
Trump accused Biden of being a “leftist” and promoting socialism. Biden openly called Trump a racist and told him to “shut up” as Trump repeatedly tried to goad Biden with interruptions.
The debate did little to illuminate the policy choices facing Americans in the election and probably did not shift the dynamic of a race in which the incumbent, Trump, is fighting from behind.
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Trump and Biden faced off in the first presidential debate on Tuesday [File: Morry Gash/Reuters]_______________________________________________________________
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