Six days before the US presidential election, Joe Biden, leading the polls, focused his attacks Wednesday on the management of the Covid-19 pandemic by his rival Donald Trump, who crisscrosses America at a frantic pace, ulcerated by the too much attention given, according to him, to the virus.
The strategies of the two septuagenarian candidates are poles apart.
Democrat Joe Biden, 77, will stay all day in his home town of Wilmington, Delaware, where he received a briefing, via video conference, from public health experts in the morning, before a speech to present his "plan to beat the Covid-19 ".
The 74-year-old American president will hold two major campaign meetings in Arizona, one of those states that are decisive for the outcome of the November 3 election.
"Covid, Covid, Covid, the disinformation media sing in unison," Donald Trump tweeted. "They will not talk about anything else until November 4," the day after the poll, he accuses.
The United States is the country most bereaved by the new coronavirus, with more than 226,000 dead, and it has chained several daily records for the number of cases detected in recent days.
Donald Trump's handling of the crisis, which has also hit the American economy hard, is strongly criticized in opinion research. And Joe Biden has made it his main axis of attack.
"More than 225,000 Americans have died from Covid-19. (...) Millions of people are unemployed, on the brink," he said Tuesday in Atlanta, Georgia. "And Donald Trump has given up," he added, again alluding to a little phrase from the president's chief of staff, Mark Meadows, who said over the weekend that the government was focusing on vaccine development rather than pandemic control.
- Race "much tighter" -
A sign of favorable winds for the Democrat: Georgia has not voted for a Democratic candidate for the White House since 1992, but the polls show him this time tied with Donald Trump.
The former vice-president of Barack Obama leads in the national polls but also in the several key States, which make the elections in the United States by switching from one party to another.
The gap has narrowed in some, however, and Donald Trump leads by a very short lead in Florida. A crucial issue because it holds 29 votes in the electoral college, out of the 270 needed to win the keys to the White House.
Traumatized by the surprise defeat of Hillary Clinton in 2016, Democrats are worried to see Joe Biden much more sedentary than Donald Trump.
The former right-hand man of Barack Obama, whose state of form is regularly a source of questions, claims to strictly respect barrier gestures. It is confined to small gatherings.
Since entering the campaign, he has stood at the heart of his message to present himself as a unifier capable of healing the wounds of a divided America.
But his campaign leader, Jen O'Malley Dillon, however, warned recently: "In our key states, this race is tight, much tighter than what has seen in national polls."
- Looting in Philadelphia -
While 73 million voters, out of the more than 230 million American voters, have already voted in advance, a historic record, Donald Trump does not have much time to reverse the trend.
The former businessman, who prides himself on being in the best position to turn around the economy, saw Wall Street widen its losses on Wednesday after its worst session since September, Monday.
The Senate's confirmation Monday of the appointment of Conservative Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court offered an undeniable political victory for Donald Trump.
And the final days of the campaign could see the issue of police brutality and racism resurface.
The city of Philadelphia, in the key state of Pennsylvania, was once again the scene of protests and looting overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday, after a 27-year-old African-American, Walter Wallace, suffering from psychological problems, was shot dead by police, who claim he had a knife.
Recent similar facts, denounced by the movement Black Lives Matter ("Black lives count"), had elicited extremely contrasting responses from MM. Biden and Trump, who poses as a defender of "law and order".