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As the upcoming presidential election draws near, Americans are becoming increasingly nervous. Whoever wins in November will have the task of leading America out of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Republican candidate is current President, Mr. Donald Trump, with Vice President Mike Pence at his side. Meanwhile, the Democratic candidate is Mr. Joe Biden, former Vice President under Barack Obama. His running mate is Kamala Harris, a minority woman and Senator from California.
It is no secret that President Donald Trump is worried about mail-in voting. Recently, he tweeted, “80 Million Unsolicited Ballots are impossible for election centers to tabulate accurately. The Democrats know this better than anyone else. The fraud and abuse will be an embarrassment to our Country. Hopefully the Courts will stop this scam!”
However, most Americans believe paper-voting is the best way to keep the election fair and reliable because online voting can malfunction or be hacked undetectably. Currently, Mr. Biden appears to be taking a slight lead in polls, but it is far too early to predict the outcome in November. Americas are split, and, as in recent presidential elections, the 2020 election will be a close decision.
About the Candidates
Donald Trump was born on June 14, 1946, in New York, New York. He attended the University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 1968. Later, he became a real-estate developer and businessman, owning several hotels, properties, and more all around the world. In the early 2000’s, Trump started a television show called The Apprentice, and was also featured in a few other films/shows. Mr. Trump married three times — first to Ivana Trump from 1977-1992; second to Marla Maples from 1993-1999; and third to Melania Trump from 2005-present. Ten years after marrying Melania Trump, in 2015, Trump launched his presidential campaign and was elected the 45th president of the United States in 2016. He is the first and, so far, only president to have no military or government experience prior to becoming president. Three years later, in 2019, President Trump was the third-ever president to be impeached, following Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. Now in 2020, President Trump competes against Joe Biden, for another term as president.
Born on November 20th, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Joe Biden is the Democratic presidential candidate. After graduating from the University of Delaware in 1965, Biden married Neilia Hunter just a year later. In 1965, Biden was accepted into Syracuse University Law School and later graduated in 1968. Soon after law school, Biden became actively involved in the Democratic party. In 1972, Biden ran for Senate in Delaware. After a hard-fought campaign ran mostly with the help of his family, Mr. Biden narrowly won against J. Caleb Boggs. Then, when Biden’s life seemed to be going well, in the winter of 1972, his wife and daughter tragically died in a car crash, with his sons both injured. But, from his son’s hospital room, Biden swore in as senator in 1973. Over his 36 year long career as Senator, Biden decided to run for president three times. The first two times, Biden dropped out early on. Months after his second run, Democratic nominee Barack Obama chose Joe Biden as his vice president running mate. After two terms as vice president, Mr. Biden suffered the loss of another child, his son Beau Biden, who died in 2015 of brain cancer. Because of this, he decided not to run for president in 2016. In 2019, Mr. Biden announced his candidacy for the Democratic party presidential primaries and in August 2020, he accepted the party’s nomination to be the Democratic presidential candidate against President Donald Trump.
The presidential election in November will be one to remember, with Donald Trump and Joe Biden fiercely competing head to head to take the highest office in our land.