After First Debate, Trump and Biden Head Back to Campaign Trail

September 30, 2020 Updated: September 30, 2020

President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden are heading back to the campaign trail on Wednesday, hours after clashing in Ohio in their first debate.

Trump, 74, is scheduled to travel to Minnesota for a fundraiser in Shorewood, about 20 miles southwest of Minneapolis.

The Republican will then hold a rally in Duluth in the northern portion of the state.

Trump surprised many by winning nearby Wisconsin in 2016. He lost Minnesota by 1.5 percentage points but his campaign sees it as a state he could flip this time around.

“I really see this as a state, not unlike Pennsylvania, there is a bubbling up underneath, there is an undercurrent of change in the state,” campaign manager Bill Stepien told reporters on a phone call in July.

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President Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a rally at the Bemidji Regional Airport in Bemidji, Minn.,, on Sept. 18, 2020. (Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

Biden, 77, and his wife Jill Biden are touring eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania. They plan to travel by train.

“Vice President Biden will highlight how he will build our economy back better for working families, not the super wealthy and corporations,” Biden’s campaign said.

The couple planned to start in Cleveland and stop in Alliance, Ohio.

Events in Pennsylvania were to follow, including an event in New Alexandria and a drive-in event in Johnstown.

Biden is seeking to flip Ohio and Pennsylvania after Trump won both in 2016.

Biden was born in Scranton and often refers to his roots, though he has lived in Delaware for most of his life.

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Audience members listen as Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden participates in a CNN town hall event in Moosic, Penn., on Sept. 17, 2020. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

During the debate, Trump promoted how his administration helped quell unrest in Minneapolis in June when riots exploded following the police custody death of George Floyd.

“We got it back, Joe, because we believe in law and order, but you don’t. The top 10 cities and just about the top 40 cities are run by Democrats, and in many cases radical left. And they’ve got you wrapped around their finger, Joe, to a point where you don’t want to say anything about law and order. And I’ll tell you what, the people of this country want and demand law and order and you’re afraid to even say it,” Trump said.

Biden said he was in favor of “law and order with justice, where people get treated fairly.”

In his capacity as a private citizen, he added, he didn’t see his role as one in reaching out to Democrat mayors and governors to push them to quell ongoing unrest in their cities and states.

Biden said the Obama-Biden administration brought Chrysler and General Motors back to Ohio and Michigan but accused Trump of messing things up, leading to the companies leaving.

“Ohio had the best year it’s ever had last year. Michigan had the best year they’ve ever had,” Trump responded, adding: “Many car companies came in from Germany, from Japan, went to Michigan, went to Ohio and they didn’t come in with you.”

Biden later said Trump has “done very little” and criticized the trade deals Trump frequently trumpets as leading to higher deficits.

Trump also defended holding large rallies, pointing out that most have been held outside, while Biden said holding large gatherings amid the COVID-19 pandemic is dangerous.

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