(Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump said the coronavirus could go away over time without a vaccine. Asian American voters overwhelmingly back Democratic nominee Joe Biden. And Biden played “Despacito” on his mobile phone while reaching out to Latino voters in Florida.
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Trump Says ‘Herd Mentality’ Could Cure Coronavirus
Trump said that the coronavirus pandemic could end naturally once enough Americans are exposed to the virus.
In a town hall with ABC News in Pennsylvania Tuesday night, the president said the coronavirus would go away without a vaccine “over a period of time,” misstating the term for “herd immunity.”
“You’ll develop like a herd mentality,” he said. “It’s going to be herd-developed. That’s going to happen. That will all happen. But with a vaccine, I think it will go away very quickly.”
Asian American Voters Back Biden by Large Margin
Biden is the overwhelming favorite of Asian American voters, who favor him over Trump, 54% to 30%, according to a new poll. But his advantage shrinks to 46% to 38% among Asian Americans in battleground states.
The Asian American Voter Survey is the most authoritative poll of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, which is often too small to accurately poll in a given state. It has an overall margin of error of plus-or-minus 2 percentage points.
Indian Americans are among the most loyal Democrats, with 66% support. But that number has declined from 77% since 2016, despite Biden’s decision to put Kamala Harris, whose mother was an Indian immigrant, on the ticket. The poll was being conducted when Harris’ nomination was announced Aug. 11.
Pollster Karthick Ramakrishnan of the University of California, Riverside said Trump has made inroads among Asian Americans in general, and especially Indian Americans, through his two-day tour of India in February and through his relationship with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“Even though Indian Americans have been really Democratic, what these data show is there’s still room for persuasion and being in the White House can make a difference,” he said. -- Gregory Korte
Biden Plays ‘Despacito’ on his Mobile Phone at Latino Event
Biden played “Despacito” on his mobile phone after being introduced by its singer-songwriter at a Hispanic heritage event in Florida.
After being introduced by Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi at an event kicking off Hispanic Heritage Month in Kissimmee, Biden pulled his iPhone out of his pocket.
“I just have one thing to say,” he said before playing the chart-topping Spanish language pop song, even bobbing his head briefly to the music.
In his introductory remarks, Fonsi had cited the song’s massive success -- which included a cover by Justin Bieber and No. 1 spots on multiple charts -- as a reason to believe in America.
“‘Despacito’ proved to me that in this country we will never be defined by our differences,” he said. -- Tyler Pager
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