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I'm Brian Kilmeade and Martha MacCallum. I'm David Asman and this is the Fox News rundown. Friday, August twenty first twenty twenty, I'm Jared Halpern. Joe Biden accepts the Democratic nomination for president with a promise to unite the country, Joe Biden gave us a real sense of how he would lead and, frankly, why he's running.
I'm Chris Foster.
Election Day is November 3rd. But with more early in mainland voting expected, especially this year, Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace says the candidates have less time than usual to make their case. We don't have an election day anymore. We have an election season. And, you know, from mid-September on, people are voting.
And I'm Jason Chaffetz. I've got the final word on the Fox News rundown. Joe Biden is the Democratic nominee for president, accepting his party's nomination to wrap up the first political convention of its kind, done virtually for Biden, his acceptance speech was decades in the making. He is ran for president twice before, first in 1988, again in 2008. Neither time approaching the support needed to claim the nomination this year looked like he could fall short again after distant finishes in early contests in Iowa and New Hampshire.
Biden had a primary winning streak start in South Carolina in Super Tuesday and then never looked back. This week, several of his former rivals offered enthusiastic speeches of support, attempting to unify the Democratic Party. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris know the dignity of all working Americans. They know the urgency and the demand of our dream. I trust Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to guide us toward that better future because I've seen up close their empathy. If you feel stuck in the middle of the extremes in our politics, if you are tired of the noise and the nonsense, you have a home with me and you have a home with Joe Biden.
While Joe and I disagree on the best path to get universal coverage, he has a plan that will greatly expand health care. Joe and Carmela will make high quality child care affordable for every family.
In his address Thursday night, Biden said he'll now unite the country here and now. I give you my word. If you can trust me with the presidency, I will draw on the best of us, not the worst. I'll be an ally of the light, not the darkness, mixing his own personal tragedies with the politics of the moment.
Biden also singled out Americans who have lost loved ones to the coronavirus pandemic and how mean and cruel and unfair life can be sometimes. But I've learned two things. First, a loved one may have left this earth, but they'll never leave your heart. So always be with you. You always hear them. The second I found the best way through pain and loss and grief is to find purpose. It's God's children, each of us have a purpose in our lives.
I thought it was uplifting. I thought it was was was rich with substance.
Harold Ford Jr. served in Congress for a decade as a Democrat representing the Memphis area. He also delivered the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in 2000. The congressman joined me and Fox News political analyst Josh Cross our on the message Democrats delivered this week in the campaign. It sets up in the fall.
I thought it was was over all the kind of speech he needed to give and the kind of speech you put them on a path to, you know, the being ready to do, the kind of unorthodox campaigning he's going to do in the fall. And by that, I mean unorthodox, but I mean, it's not going to be a traditional rally holding campaign rally for four out of the candidates, but probably some of that, but not what we are we're used to in the fall campaign.
So I thought it was was was was good for him, good for the country. And and I expect President Trump next week will have a good, good convention as well, will probably deliver you equally equally strong message as well, and will be off to the races of the country and also the races as a gesture to say that campaigns will be off to the races starting next week.
So over the last four nights, we saw the Democratic Party really sort of try and tell a few stories. I felt a very united front with the different factions after a very contentious primary coming together. But you also saw the party spend a lot of time over the last few nights talking about, for instance, the Black Lives Matter movement, racial justice, the environment, the Green New Deal, talking about these the social issues. And I'm just curious, you delivered the keynote address at the DNC, what, in the year 2000, right?
Correct. So over the last 20 years is the Democratic Party that was displayed this week, the same Democratic Party you addressed back then in 2000? Well, I think in some parts and other parts, no, it's the same party standpoint that it believes and the beauty, bounty and power of the country and the power of the promise of the experiment of the country, which is you believe in people you believe and opportunity, but you believe in justice.
We believe in the fact that any and every person, regardless of their background, regardless of how they look, have an opportunity to succeed. I think the Republican Party has gone through changes, you know, and it reflects where the country is in a lot of ways as well. But the core of who the party is and who the party believes in and who the party wants to represent, I don't think is changed is change in many ways at all.
You know, I went to college with Beau Biden, but when our friends were actually close friends at Penn and the party that that that existed then and the kind of things that we stood up for and believed that on campus at Penn Bow and so many of our classmates back then, you know, a lot of ways the Democratic Party reflects that and the biggest and proudest of ways the country is different. Were a lot of ways for me, I think about when I was 18, I'm now 50.
And when we started out as a freshman, both the year ahead of me, what the country, what the country would look like and what the country was was trying to succeed with and what the country was trying to to do better with. We're still trying to do those things. But, you know, we've had 9/11 occur. We've had a financial crisis that we've gone through all of the litany of things in and around those times. And obviously what we've gone through in just the last six months, seven months of the country or less.
It's hard to hard to imagine it's been since March. And just trying to keep track of the last five months what we've gone through. So I think both parties are having to adjust and the Democratic Party has, I think in so many ways stay true to whom it is and what it is. And it has tried its hardest to figure out how do you represent the least vulnerable, the smallest middle class in the country? And about Joe Biden's speech was representative of that many, many ways.
Congressman, there was a line in Joe Biden's speech that really stuck with me talking about his dad, who was a used car salesman.
He used to say, Joey, I don't expect the government to solve my problems, but I sure as hell expect them to understand them.
That sounded like almost a throat, like a throwback to the Clinton years where government is going to do everything. But it needs to be empathetic. It needs to be compassionate, almost like compassionate conservatism of the Bush years. Did you get any message of how Joe Biden views government, how ideologically you think he would govern as president if he. Elected. Sure, there's the context of that, obviously, is the kind of pull and tug in the party right now, I think between, you know, some who expect government to or believe the government should do just about everything.
And some would believe the government has to do a lot. And if you do a lot, people can do a lot more. But I listen to that line and I thought about Clinton. I wasn't listening that listening to the president, listen to President Clinton talk about, you know, the role of government and the limits of government. And I think one of the things that the voters are thinking about in a big, big way, you know, based on how the rhetoric in this campaign has evolved us at this point from both sides, from President Trump and from Vice President Biden is very simple.
I mean, how how far do you expect government to go and whether or not the character of our nation, which is a lot of what the Republicans are, largely what President Trump is accusing Democrats of, of taking us down a path of socialism. I thought that first of all, I disagree with that. I think Vice President Biden clearly demonstrated that that that will not be the case about the fall and then the debate that we're going to have.
And I say the fall. I mean, the kind of conversation we'll have in the fall between two candidates will be, you know, rest upon and predicated upon who has the better set of ideas about how to make government work and government work and the most effective and in the smartest and frankly, most limited of ways, while at the same time benefiting the country and benefiting families and not ignoring that we've gone through a pandemic, something that that that has really reset and shift that our economy and our lives and our livelihoods and our health care and education, every other aspect of American life has caused us to think very differently about how things, how things will go, how things will progress going forward, and how government has to think about its role going forward.
So, like you, I thought a lot about that line. And I hope that it resonates with Americans, not just with us, but with voters across the country.
I wanted to finish on this note, Congressman, since we just watched a convention, unlike any convention we've ever seen before, obviously because of what's required, what the coronavirus pandemic. And I just want to get your thoughts on what you thought of the presentation.
And if you think this may be what conventions look more like in the next four, eight, 16, however many years watching, watching this convention, like a lot of Americans took a minute to get used to the first night and the second night, third night even tonight. But there were parts of it. I enjoy it more. I'd move faster. You could roll out of here and see more speakers. You missed the pageantry of being mayor and the energy in the in the arena, our convention, the convention hall or even the city afterwards.
And, you know, leading up to it all of the back and forth and an opportunity to sit down and meet with people. One of my great mentors in politics was Richard Holbrooke. And I can remember the convention in Boston sitting with him and in the morning, the breakfast for a little bit before he would commences his marathon of meetings on those days. But there were so many to meet with. But I got to say, I think the Democrats did a good job.
I imagine the Republicans will learn from this this week and try their hardest to pull it off as well. And I hope they I wish him the very best as they go about it. But I got to say, I missed the interactions and the being around people. If we have to do this or this becomes some part of it or become some, you know, there's something about what we just experience becomes a significant part of how conventions are done.
I guess I'll get used to it. But I never thought I'd say I'm old fashioned or 50 years old. But I do miss the and didn't miss being there and seeing friends. It's a time to sort of the playoffs and Super Bowl politics. I got to say, I'm one that hopes that we can get back to the in person and face to face of of a convention one day.
And Congressman, I understand how you feel. I always referred to it as political sleep away camp. It's always a fun time for guys like us to get around and just sort of like live and breathe politics for the whole week. Harold Ford Jr., former congressman from the great state of Tennessee. Appreciate the time. Be well. I will.
Josh, I got to say, I read your piece on, on, on. And I realize this, but I read your piece on how Democrats organize this thing around against Donald Trump and they've got to energize people around it. I thought it was a great piece. I agree with it, but I thought Joe Biden gave us a real sense of how he would lead and frankly, why he's running. And hopefully Donald Trump does the same next week.
And we're. We'll be off to the races to a serious contest of ideas here that makes the next several weeks. So thank you guys for having me on. Thanks, guys, very much.
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Chris Wallace attended his first presidential convention as a teenager in 1964, hired as an assistant to CBS Evening News anchor Walter Cronkite. He saw Barry Goldwater nominated by the Republicans that year, then lose to President Lyndon Johnson. He has, of course, since grown up to cover several presidential campaigns and conventions himself since 2003 as the host of Fox News Sunday. Nobody's ever seen one like what the Democrats just held. The Republicans will be holding next week during the coronavirus pandemic.
That felt more like a telethon. And those can be kind of interesting for a while. And then and then not so interesting, but looking at it from 30000 feet. What strikes me is that this convention has spent a lot of time talking about all the reasons why Donald Trump has disqualified himself from having a second term. It's talked a lot about how the country can't take it for granted. And the people who didn't vote in in 2016 because they thought Hillary was going to win need to get out and vote.
What the country I mean, what the convention I think lacked is a kind of animating philosophy other than kind of a return to normalcy after the four Trump years and any kind of what the theme is about. And the big idea is of a Biden presidency. I look back to 1992 with Bill Clinton when it was kind of new, more centrist Democratic philosophy in 2008, hope and change. And yes, we can. And, you know, a new generation taking over the country, I don't know, maybe you've got an idea, Chris, but what is the big idea other than he won't be Donald Trump?
That's, I think, pretty much what I've heard. I mean, I haven't measured this out. Just my gut from watching what I've watched is that for every Biden mentioned, you get two or three Trump mentions and then maybe another mention of, hey, you have to go out there and vote. We've had some GOP involvement, maybe more than usual. You always get one or two. But you know, John Kasich, Cindy McCain, the message to Republicans seems to be, hey, look, you have permission this time to vote for Joe Biden.
He's OK. Do you think it'll work?
Well, I think it'll work for some people. There are a lot of Republicans. I mean, if you look at the numbers in when when people are polled, it's 80, 90 percent of Republicans support Donald Trump, but there certainly is a percentage. My guess is didn't vote for Hillary Clinton last time who have turned away from President Trump. And they're very important. I mean, if you got some college educated whites, if you get suburban women who are often in the Republican camp, you know, if they if they switch and don't just sit home but actually vote for Joe Biden, that could make a difference in a lot of states, for instance, Pennsylvania, with all the suburbs around Philadelphia.
So, I mean, it could have an impact. We'll have to wait and see. And also and this is something you certainly heard a lot from Barack Obama trying to get minorities who who didn't transfer the affection and the support and getting out to vote, they felt for Barack Obama. For Hillary Clinton, the minority turnout was quite a lot smaller. And that particularly in a couple of those key swing states that went like Pennsylvania, like Michigan, that ended up going for Trump.
So, you know, you don't have to make huge changes. But if you're able to get some people who didn't vote to switch or some people did vote to switch, some people who didn't vote to actually vote, that can have a big difference. I feel like we lost a few weeks somewhere this summer. I blinked. And the election? Seventy four days away. I feel like it just was one hundred and now today it's 70 and that it's going to be 74, although by this time next month, seven states will have already started early voting.
Are they going to be at least getting the mail in ballots in people's mailboxes on Election Day itself? Going to mean a lot less than ever this year?
Yeah, I mean, we don't have an election day anymore. We have an election season. And, you know, from mid-September on, people are voting. And that is certainly something I think that Democrats have done very effectively in this speech. And you and I thought while he didn't talk a lot about Biden, Obama talked a lot about mobilizing, sort of like the community organizer he once was. And a lot of talk you're hearing. And even, you know, I've heard it so often, I memorize it, texting three, three, three, you know, to find out what the rules are in your state and telling people to vote early and.
Don't let your vote get taken away. I do think they've been effective in that in talking about voter suppression and that it's on each individual who's watching this convention to get out and avoid that by by voting early and not allowing kinks in the system, particularly with mail, in voting, with with the problems with the post office to get in the way. I think they've done a good job of that.
Whatever you think about possible shenanigans with the Postal Service vis a vis the election, part of the problem here is just state by state rules where the turnaround time between ballot requests and returns by Election Day is just so short in some places that the post office may just physically not be able to get it turned back around in time.
So that's that's right. And you're hearing a bunch of states that are talking about if it's postmarked by November 3rd, Election Day, they'll be counting votes for another week to 10 days after. You know, I'm not smart enough to be a member of the Fox News decision desk, but I don't know how you how you make calls and say so-and-so has won this state when you don't know what what percentage of people. Usually we say 78 percent of precincts reporting in.
Well, we're not going to know that because we're not going to know how many people in that precinct didn't go to the polls and but did mail in a ballot, which they may not even get to the election centers until two days after the election and may not get counted for a week. So it's going to be a very unique and different fall campaign season. And I think, you know, election night could well turn into election week.
Yeah, I think we're going to have to educate our audiences about the fact that, look, this call may not come unless it's an absolute just blowout in enough big states. We might need to tell people that, look, it's better for us to be right than fast. And there's also this thing called the the blue shift. You know, about this. No, this is where it happened a lot in twenty eighteen, where early numbers, when we get these, you know, early the early count tends to favor Republicans and then it moves towards Democrats.
Is the later ballots are counted for whatever reason, maybe they vote more by mail or they make up their mind later or whatever. So you could get a thing where President Trump, you know, looks like he's up in by 30000 votes in Florida and he says, I've won Florida, I've won the election no matter what the networks say.
If that say that just me, that up in Florida, Pennsylvania, whatever, puts him over. And then when the other votes for Biden start trickling in and he maybe didn't win that state, he can say, hey, that's fraud.
Oh, absolutely. And, you know, you could you could absolutely see something like that happening. And the fact that the president has already talked about a rigged election and talked about what he sees as the potential for fraud in these mail in ballots. And, you know, if you want a job right now, the best job is to be an election lawyer because both sides are lawyering up and, you know, going to have an any closely contested state will have lawyers there, you know, the equivalent of the hanging chads.
We may have lawyers watching election people days after the election count counting ballots. And you can be sure whichever side is losing in that late count is going to raise issues about it. So. So and that's very much concern to me. And we're not talking about a city council race. And in Pittsburgh, we're talking about the most important job in the world. And, you know, if we're two, three, four days past the election and one side seemed to have won it, but in fact, they haven't, you know, the potential for disruption.
I mean, you know, frankly, I've thought about this and I kind of hope it is a blow out one way or the other. I don't care who's winning, but you would like on election night for it to be really clear that candidate day is the president and candidate be lost. And hopefully they both act responsibly and the country is able to move on.
All right. From your lips. Chris Wallace, host of Fox News Sunday. We'll talk to you soon, buddy. Thank you very much. Thank you, Chris.
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The Transportation Security Administration, which works to keep millions of travelers safe each day, is showing some love to its canine agents. It's holding a contest to see which of its working dogs is the cutest. The contest is a run up to National Dog Day later this month. The pups aren't mascots. They're trained to detect explosive materials, something the TSA describes as the greatest threat to the aviation system. The TSA says it has more than a thousand explosive detection canine teams, the dogs and their handlers screen passengers, cargo, mass transit and other systems.
The contestants were nominated by TSA handlers across the country and the results have been narrowed down to four. Voting for the contest is underway on the TSA, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts. The top dog will be announced on National Dog Day, which is August 26th. Tognetti Powers, Fox News.
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Jason Chaffetz, what's on your mind with less than three months until the twenty twenty election and no end in sight for the coronaviruses pandemic? A new debate over mail in voting has begun. Swirling and sudden concerns about the United States Postal Service have arisen from the Democrats, who are wildly accusing Donald Trump of cheating and manipulating the postal service in his favor. Conveniently, they forget to mention the president is more than an arm's length away from how we vote and the Postal Service is not under the thumb of his control.
Senate Democrats joined Republicans to unanimously install postal leadership, of which one is an Obama appointee. No doubt President Trump has expressed deep concerns about the validity of ballots and rightfully so, sending out millions of ballots without authenticating the inbound ballots. This is ripe for massive fraud. It must be noted. Elections in the United States are administered by counties and certified by states, in other words, per the United States Constitution. Elections are run locally and not by the executive branch of the federal government.
The president has simply sought fair elections. Ironically, it is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's H.R. one that seeks to federalize elections and give the president power he doesn't currently have. Now her solution would create the problem she inaccurately blames Trump for today. The president of the United States does not control the operations of the Postal Service, nor does he select or appoint the postmaster general. The board of governors does both of these things. The Postal Regulatory Commission sets rates, service levels and decides on postal closings, not the president.
The governors are appointed by president and confirmed by the United States Senate. No more than five of the nine governors may be from the same political party. Robert Duncan now serves as the chairman of the Board of Governors from twenty seven to two thousand nine. He was the chairman of the Republican National Committee, which will undoubtedly be repeated extensively by the Democrats. Also notable was Duncan's reappointment to the Board of Governors in twenty nineteen, when the United States Senate unanimously confirmed him again.
Eighty nine to nothing. It will be difficult for the Democrats with a straight face to complain about Duncan's leadership when the Senate confirmed him a second time and did so unanimously. The governors are accomplished members of the business community and largely not overtly political. The inspector general is also appointed by the board of governors and not by the president of the United States, the current inspector general is Tammy Whitcome. Further, the chairman of the Postal Regulatory Commission, APRC, Robert Taub, was appointed by President Obama and confirmed unanimously by voice vote in the United States Senate in December two thousand sixty.
If there is a shortfall in service, it isn't the president who is in charge. The Board of Governors and the Postal Rate Commission make the decisions. The United States Postal Service receives no annual appropriation by the United States Congress. Their operating budget is dictated by their revenue, which is fallen precipitously with electronic communications. The Postal Service offers a variety of products and services pay for first class mail and you get faster service, pay for bulk mail and you get much slower service.
It's been that way for a long, long time. It's not something President Trump conjured up to manipulate the election and Pelosi and Schumer know. I'm Jason Chaffetz, former chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee and a Fox News contributor.
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