How the 2020 Election Will be Affected by Coronavirus

Headline Roundup March 13th, 2020

As COVID-19 coronavirus news continues to dominate headlines, media coverage is focusing on what the pandemic and its consequences will mean for the 2020 presidential election. Voices have focused especially on how it may impact President Donald Trump's reelection chances, and have also looked at how Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and former Vice President Joe Biden will supposedly mold campaign strategy around virus policies and responses. Others focused on logistical impacts of the virus on campaign and election events; after Sanders and Biden each canceled campaign events earlier this week, the Democratic National Committee announced that the Biden-Sanders debate scheduled for March 15 will have no live audience and will be held at CNN's Washington D.C. studios instead of in Arizona.

From the Right

Joe Biden used his much hyped public address on the coronavirus pandemic to take political shots at President Donald Trump.

The former vice president, who looks to be a shoe-in for the Democrat nomination, unveiled his proposal for containing the virus on Thursday in a speech that was billed by supporters as commander-in-chief-worthy. Neither Biden nor the speech, in fact, lived up to that hype. Instead of urging unity and calm in the face of the growing pandemic, Biden took the opportunity to lambast Trump for ignoring science, having an...

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From the Left

The unprecedented nature of the rapid spread of the coronavirus has, in many ways, fundamentally altered the current phase of the 2020 election cycle.

So far, at least 1,323 cases of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, have been confirmed in the United States Thursday as more events are canceled across the country. Thirty-eight people have died in the U.S.

The U.S. now has the eighth-highest number of cases worldwide.

For some of the 2020 candidates, the pandemic has meant canceling events, hosting "virtual" versions of others, and a host of other...

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From the Center

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump faced one of the gravest threats of his political career as the coronavirus pandemic spread, leaving fellow Republicans to worry that the White House’s response and the hit to the economy would harm his re-election prospects.

U.S. stock market indexes that Trump has touted throughout his term as evidence of his success plunged into bear market territory on Thursday - a day after he tried to calm Americans’ fears with an Oval Office address that promised economic stimulus and a 30-day travel ban for...

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