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BIDEN vows to tackle virus as TRUMP pushes ‘super-recovery’

US: Joe Biden flayed Donald Trump on Tuesday with accusations the US President has surrendered to a surging pandemic, as the Democrat took his campaign to the Republican stronghold of Georgia one week before the election.

While the former Vice President went on electoral offense, seeking to expand the campaign map and his state-by-state path to victory on November 3, Trump barnstormed the Midwest in a last-gasp bid to shore up states that voted for him in 2016 but which polls show are tilting Biden's way.

And with the campaign narrowing down to its final days, Biden tapped one of his top surrogates, popular former president Barack Obama, to deliver a closing argument for Democrats in Florida, a must-win swing state for Trump if he is to defy the odds and earn reelection.

Biden, buoyed by poll numbers that show him leading the incumbent, drilled in on Trump's coronavirus response, reminding voters that Trump's chief of staff Mark Meadows conceded at the weekend that "we're not going to control the pandemic."

Speaking in Warm Springs, Georgia, Biden branded the response "a capitulation" by a White House that "never really tried" to halt a pandemic which has now killed more than 226,000 Americans.

Instead of acting as a wartime president to battle COVID-19 as he promised, Trump "shrugged, he swaggered and he surrendered," Biden said.

"I'm here to tell you: We can and we will control this virus," he added.

Trump defeated Hillary Clinton by five points in Georgia in 2016, but polls have the 74-year-old running neck and neck with Biden in the Peach State.

"We win Georgia, we win everything!" Biden said, his voice rising. "These are the final days, so keep that sense of empowerment with you, that sense of optimism."

Trump meanwhile maintained his hectic campaign pace, holding an open-air rally in Michigan followed by a similar one in Wisconsin and then Nebraska. Attendees did not practice social distancing, and many were maskless.

Michigan and Wisconsin are Midwestern battlegrounds which he won by razor thin margins four years ago, but Trump insisted "we're leading almost everywhere" thanks to his frantic campaign schedule.

Later in Wisconsin, Trump warned Americans that they should not "let this radical socialist group take over" with Biden as president.

"We didn't come this far and fight this hard to surrender our country back to the corrupt Washington swamp," he said at his final rally of the day in Omaha, Nebraska.

Election tracking website RealClearPolitics has Biden up 7.4 points in an average of national polls -- a slight drop from just days ago. Trump dismissed the polls in a tweet Tuesday and accused the media of focusing on "COVID, COVID,COVID" to hurt his reelection chances.

With Biden maintaining a more constrained campaign schedule instead of hosting what he called Trump's "super-spreader" events, he dispatched Obama to Florida, where the race is on a knife edge. - AFP