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Trump seizes on oil as a cudgel against Biden as new coronavirus cases hit daily record

October 24, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Hitting the campaign trail in Florida, President Donald Trump seized on Joe Biden's comment that America should shift its reliance on oil toward renewable energy during Thursday night's debate to argue Biden's stance would mean that America's seniors "have no air conditioning during the summer, no heat during the winter and no electricity during peak hours."

(CNN)As the US recorded the highest single day of new coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, President Donald Trump looked to distract from the virus' deadly toll by seizing on Joe Biden's comment in Thursday night's debate that America should shift its reliance on oil toward greater renewable energy use.

With the election less than two weeks away and more than 50 million ballots already cast, the fresh dispute over energy gave Trump a chance to shift the campaign away from his mishandling of a pandemic that's killed nearly 224,000 Americans and argue that Biden's remarks could cost him five or six states on Election Day. Disapproval of Trump's handling of the pandemic has created a heavy drag on the President's poll numbers as he continues to ignore the current surge in cases in at least 30 states this week.

Trump's attacks on Biden's stance on energy and the climate crisis come at a time when the former vice president is heading to the all-important state of Pennsylvania, which Trump won in 2016, that could serve as the lynchpin to who wins the election in 2020.

During his two rallies in Florida on Friday, Trump highlighted Biden's assertion during Thursday night's debate that he "would transition from the oil industry, yes" to help address the climate crisis by increasing reliance on renewable energy.

"I think he should have lost five or six states with that one," Trump said of Biden's comments during an evening rally in Pensacola, where he told the crowd they should be concerned about a potential rise in their gas prices under a Biden presidency.

Stretching Biden's comments to the realm of the ridiculous, Trump also claimed in The Villages that Biden's transition to greater reliance on renewable energy would mean that America's seniors "have no air conditioning during the summer, no heat during the winter and no electricity during peak hours. " He also falsely claimed that Biden's plans would include getting "rid of airplanes. "

The Trump campaign quickly tied Biden's debate comments about oil to the shifts in his position on fracking in a new ad that they are airing in Pennsylvania, which falsely claims the former vice president "will end fracking" and is willing to sacrifice blue collar jobs to do so.

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