Trump makes campaign swing through Pennsylvania
President Trump held a campaign rally in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday night, as he tries to hold onto a key state that helped propel him to victory in 2016. CBS News polling shows former Vice President Joe Biden is leading Mr. Trump in the state 52% to 47%.
Before leaving the White House, Mr. Trump told reporters he'll be announcing his pick for the Supreme Court at 5 p.m. ET on Saturday. The president is choosing from a handful of female judges.
Mr. Trump said Republicans have great "unity," except for a couple of Republican senators who said the Senate shouldn't vote on a nominee before the election. The president even praised Senator Mitt Romney, who said Tuesday he supports moving ahead with the president's nominee. Romney and Mr. Trump have often not seen eye to eye.
"He was very good, today, I have to tell you, he was good. Now I'm happy. Thank you, Mitt," the president said in Pittsburgh.
Mr. Trump criticized Biden, who has yet to release his own list of potential Supreme Court nominees.
"My opponent refuses to release a list of justices," the president said.
The Supreme Court discussion has distracted somewhat from the deadly coronavirus pandemic, which has also decimated the U.S. economy. On Tuesday, the U.S. hit the grim milestone of 200,000 coronavirus deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Before the president left for Ohio, reporters pressed him on the death toll. When a reporter first asked why he hasn't said anything about the 200,000 deaths, the president asked if "anybody else" had a question. Another reported asked the same question, and the president said that many deaths is a "shame" and could have been "2.5 million deaths" instead.
At his rally Monday night, the president reiterated that the only problem with his administration's response was a public relations one. Mr. Trump said his administration will "crush" the virus, but his opponents would "crush" the country.
Mr. Trump is holding rallies nearly every night in the weeks leading up to the election. On Monday night, he held two campaign events in Ohio, another battleground state.
He also met Monday with Judge Amy Coney Barrett, considered one of the top contenders for the post, CBS News confirmed.
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