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Biden faces US voters at town hall as campaign heats up

AFP
Washington
White House hopeful Joe Biden on Thursday holds his first extended face-to-face with real voters since winning the Democratic nomination, a town hall where he will likely savage President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
With less than seven weeks before Election Day, Biden has ramped up his public appearances after spending large chunks of time at his Delaware home, even as Trump barnstormed swing states key to victory on November 3.
Now both candidates are hitting the campaign trail in earnest -- although in very different ways.
Trump returns to Wisconsin on Thursday for a public rally fuelled by his signature bravado -- a contrast to Biden’s quieter ways of connecting with blue collar and everyday voters.
The 77-year-old former vice president will take questions from a live, socially distanced audience at a town hall on what could be described as his home turf -- Scranton, the scrappy Pennsylvania city where Biden was born.
The face-to-face Q&A is a framework Biden has largely avoided during the pandemic, which has so far killed nearly 200,000 Americans.