Republican President Donald Trump on Aug. 24 vowed to win the November election and rebuild a U.S. economy shattered by the coronavirus pandemic, after he was formally nominated by his Republican Party for a second term in the White House.
“This is the most important election in the history of our country … our country can go in a horrible, horrible direction or in an even greater direction,” Trump, 74, said as he made a surprise visit to the venue of the Republican National Convention, which started Aug. 24 in the southern state of North Carolina.
By showing up at the event, Trump apparently sought to present himself as a strong leader in contrast with his 77-year-old Democratic rival Joe Biden, who has conducted most of his campaigning online from his home in Delaware and accepted his nomination as the Democratic presidential candidate the previous week without traveling to the party’s convention site in Wisconsin.
Trump is currently trailing the former vice president in most of the top six battleground states crucial for reelection, such as the Midwestern state of Michigan and the southern state of Florida, according to averages of the latest surveys compiled by major poll tracking website Real Clear Politics. (Kyodo)