3 Things To Know Today

1 Trump & Biden, And Their Dueling Town Halls

The replacement events for the canceled presidential debate are over...and according to a number of people, there isn’t a definite “winner.” That’s especially interesting when you consider that former Vice President Joe Biden got 30 extra minutes of airtime. Both President Trump’s and Biden’s events had their plusses and minuses – Biden had a friendly ‘moderator’ in ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, but had to own up to missteps like the 1994 Crime Bill. Trump clashed with NBC moderator Savannah Guthrie, but watchers say he really didn’t inflict any new damage on his campaign. Beyond that, both men spent time talking about issues and what watchers say is that people actually got to hear answers instead of arguing, which was a plus.

2 Harris Pulled Off Campaign Trail Until Monday

Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris is being pulled off the campaign trail until Monday after two members of her traveling party tested positive for the coronavirus. A statement from the Biden-Harris campaign said the move is being made out of an abundance of caution. The statement notes that Senator Harris was not in close contact with either individual. She won’t be completely out of sight, Harris will continue making virtual campaign appearances. Those who tested positive were Harris Communications Director Liz Allen and a non-staff flight crew member.

3 Senate Panel To Vote On Barrett Nomination Next Thursday

The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court next Thursday, aka October 22nd. Democrats tried to slow down the process during the fourth day of Barrett's confirmation hearing. Connecticut Democrat Richard Blumenthal called it a rushed process that is a sham. Minnesota Democrat Amy Klobuchar said the winner of next month's presidential election should select the next Supreme Court justice. South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham defended the process and called Barrett highly qualified. The reality for Democrats? They simply don’t have the votes in the Republican-led Senate to block Barrett's confirmation. Republicans aim to get it done before the election on November 3rd.