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Trump talks up economic progress, after Harris-Pence debate focused on job losses

Trump talks up economic progress, after Harris-Pence debate focused on job losses

President Donald Trump quickly put the economic focus back on himself Thursday morning, after Wednesday night’s vice presidential debate, which covered more economic issues than his barb-trading battle with Democratic candidate Joe Biden.

“Our numbers are going to be great, our numbers for the third quarter are going to be through the roof, retail sales, employment, all of these numbers are going to be great,” Trump told Fox Business Network in a phone-in interview.

The president said he had shut down stimulus talks because both sides were haggling over terms and “it wasn’t going anywhere,” he said. “I don’t want to play games. And then we reopened, and I see the markets are doing well but I think we have a really good chance of doing something.”

Wednesday’s debate brought a more civil tone atop simmering tensions between the two candidates and covered, albeit briefly in the two-minute response allotment, more economic issues.

With permanent layoffs rising and recovery slowing, money is very much on the mind for many households.

“The American economy — the American comeback — is on the ballot,” Vice President Mike Pence said.

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., made it clear that economic recovery can’t happen without organized coronavirus relief and response, said John Hudak, senior fellow for governance studies at The Brookings Institution, a left-leaning think tank.

Pence came out to make the “tough argument” that he and President Trump will rebuild the economy back to where it was before Covid-19, Hudak said. But that line of discussion is challenging to uphold because part of that recovery is predicated on further relief — which is currently in limbo after Trump called off stimulus talks.

“Both tickets have weaknesses on the economy and opposing candidates worked to exploit those,” Hudak said.

Conservative economists praised Pence’s performance on

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Harris-Pence debate brings emotional attacks, in parallel campaign reality: ANALYSIS

Harris-Pence debate brings emotional attacks, in parallel campaign reality: ANALYSIS

Wednesday’s debate was full of searing attacks on different visions for the U.S.

It might be remembered for the plexiglass, or for the relative tameness, or perhaps not at all given the chaos back in Washington and the frenetic pace of the campaign as a whole.

Or it might be remembered for searing attacks not just on opposing plans but on entirely different portrayals of the past and visions of the near future, amid a pandemic that seldom has felt more urgent.

If the debate felt removed from the wild events of recent days, both candidates still brought emotional heft to the crisis that is clearly defining the presidential race and so much more.

“The American people have witnessed what is the greatest failure of any presidential administration in the history of our country,” Sen. Kamala Harris, Biden’s running mate, said in her first exchange of the night. “They knew what was happening and they didn’t tell you… They knew and they covered it up.”

Vice President Mike Pence responded with a tone less of anger than of disappointment. He laid out an argument where swift action from Trump prevented even more deaths from COVID-19.

“From the very first day, President Donald Trump has put the health of America first,” Pence said.

Pence was also quick to suggest that Biden and Harris could risk lives by undermining confidence in a vaccine,

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