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Analysis: With Trump Ailing, a Steady Pence Tries to Keep the Campaign Afloat | Top News

Analysis: With Trump Ailing, a Steady Pence Tries to Keep the Campaign Afloat | Top News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Mike Pence achieved on the debate stage what arguably President Donald Trump did not in a similar showdown last week: He offered a cogent and restrained case for why traditional Republicans and some swing voters should return the Trump-Pence ticket to the White House for four more years.

For Wednesday night’s vice presidential square-off, Pence was charged with trying to steady the ship after a tumultuous week in which the president was hospitalized with the coronavirus and opinion polls showed the Republican Trump’s re-election bid against Democrat Joe Biden slipping away.

But even if Pence had a strong night against Biden’s running mate, Kamala Harris, the reality is that Pence is not Trump, the candidate who dominates TV screens and media coverage so completely that everyone in his orbit becomes lost in shadow.

And there was nothing to suggest the vice president’s debate performance in Salt Lake City will help Trump with his biggest problem in the Nov. 3 election: women.

The televised clash felt weightier than in years past, with the 74-year-old Trump being treated for COVID-19. Biden, 77, has also faced questions about his fitness for office should he win in November.

That made Pence and Harris more than campaign stand-ins. They were dueling backup quarterbacks, ready to take the field at any time if needed.

In the course of the 90-minute event, Pence reeled off a list of Trump campaign priorities such as low taxes, a powerful military, a conservative judiciary and an aggressive posture toward China – often refusing to directly answer questions in favor of his prepared remarks.

It was a notable difference from the erratic and caustic performance Trump himself turned in at a debate against Biden last week, one that sent polls spiking further in Biden’s direction. The most recent

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With Trump ailing, a steady Pence tries to keep the campaign afloat

With Trump ailing, a steady Pence tries to keep the campaign afloat

By James Oliphant

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Mike Pence achieved on the debate stage what arguably President Donald Trump did not in a similar showdown last week: He offered a cogent and restrained case for why traditional Republicans and some swing voters should return the Trump-Pence ticket to the White House for four more years.

For Wednesday night’s vice presidential square-off, Pence was charged with trying to steady the ship after a tumultuous week in which the president was hospitalized with the coronavirus and opinion polls showed the Republican Trump’s re-election bid against Democrat Joe Biden slipping away.

But even if Pence had a strong night against Biden’s running mate, Kamala Harris, the reality is that Pence is not Trump, the candidate who dominates TV screens and media coverage so completely that everyone in his orbit becomes lost in shadow.

And there was nothing to suggest the vice president’s debate performance in Salt Lake City will help Trump with his biggest problem in the Nov. 3 election: women.

The televised clash felt weightier than in years past, with the 74-year-old Trump being treated for COVID-19. Biden, 77, has also faced questions about his fitness for office should he win in November.

That made Pence and Harris more than campaign stand-ins. They were dueling backup quarterbacks, ready to take the field at any time if needed.

In the course of the 90-minute event, Pence reeled off a list of Trump campaign priorities such as low taxes, a powerful military, a conservative judiciary and an aggressive posture toward China – often refusing to directly answer questions in favor of his prepared remarks.

It was a notable difference from the erratic and caustic performance Trump himself turned in at a debate against Biden last week, one that sent polls spiking further in Biden’s direction.

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New Hampshire movie theater chains get creative to stay afloat during COVID

New Hampshire movie theater chains get creative to stay afloat during COVID

Movie theaters across New Hampshire and the country are struggling to stay open during the COVID-19 pandemic.>> Download the free WMUR appWith coronavirus safety concerns combined with major movies delaying their releases, staying in business hasn’t been easy. “It’s almost like a nightmare. You’re chasing something that just keeps moving further and further away,” Michael Mannetta, marketing director at Chunky’s Cinema and Pub, said.The delay of the new James Bond movie is having a ripple effect on the already struggling movie theater business during the pandemic. Officials with the Regal Cinemas chain announced they are temporarily closing locations this Thursday because of a lack of big films. Movie theaters in New Hampshire reopened this summer. Officials with Cinemagic Theaters said business is down by more than 75%. “Cinemagic reopened Aug. 21,” Zachary Adam, marketing director of Cinemagic Theaters, said. “It has been very hard.” “The losses are huge. If you want to compare us now to last year, it’s night and day,” Mannetta said.During this time, some theaters are getting creative. Chunky’s hosts live comedy, trivia and is bringing in a local celebrity chef. Cinemagic is showing Halloween-themed movies this month and giving away popcorn to anyone dressed in costume on Friday nights. As the pandemic continues, local theater officials remain optimistic.“We just believe in the business. We think the industry will bounce back. These movies will come out and it will get better,” Mannetta said.“We are here and we are persevering and providing as much entertainment and social engagement as we can to the community,” Adam said.Representatives at Cinemagic said some customers have reached out to them asking what safety protocols are in place. They said they’ve managed to help people by explaining the guidelines they are using.

Movie theaters across New Hampshire and the country

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