Biden vs. Trump: Live Updates on the 2020 Election – The New York Times

Mr. Biden will deliver his address in Wilmington, Del., on Tuesday afternoon, where he is expected to sketch out how fighting systemic racism is integral to a range of his economic proposals, from housing to infrastructure to supporting small businesses, senior campaign officials said during a morning briefing with the news media.

The moment offers Mr. Biden a chance to detail a clear, positive message on racial justice, and to cut another sharp contrast with his opponent, Mr. Trump, who has repeatedly taken incendiary actions on that issue at a moment of national crisis over racism and police violence.

In recent months, as the country has grappled with devastating public health and economic problems and a growing outcry over racial injustice, Mr. Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, has increasingly called for ambitious measures to address the nation’s towering challenges, going far beyond the instincts toward relatively incremental change that guided him in the primary, at least compared to many of his Democratic opponents. As he seeks to unite his party around his candidacy, he has sought input from a broader range of experts and officials, including from a series of task forces assembled with Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, his progressive primary rival.

Ahead of the speech, the Biden campaign released a policy plan on racial equity that touches on a variety of issues. The plan emphasizes support for small business owners of color, promising that Mr. Biden will “leverage more than $150 billion in new capital and opportunities for small businesses that have been structurally excluded for generations,” including by increasing access to venture capital and low-interest business loans.

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Mr. Biden’s plan sets a goal of increasing federal contracting with small disadvantaged businesses, and it says he will seek to improve the opportunity zone program that was enacted as part of the 2017 tax overhaul. Mr. Biden, who has long faced skepticism from some voters over his leading role in the 1994 crime bill, which many experts link to mass incarceration, also addresses criminal justice matters in the plan. His proposal would aim to help states improve their criminal justice data infrastructure so they can automatically seal criminal records for certain nonviolent offenders.

On the call with reporters, which was conducted on the condition of anonymity, a senior campaign official said in response to a question that Mr. Biden did not object to a study of reparations, but that he was focused on more immediate actions. Another official said that Mr. Biden was not ruling out support for a “baby bonds” program — a government-run savings program for children championed during the primary by Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey — but favored a pilot first.

Mr. Biden’s plan is the fourth plank of his “Build Back Better” proposal, an economic agenda that also encompasses manufacturing, climate and infrastructure, and caregiving plans, and takes aim at Mr. Trump’s stewardship of the economy and his impact on working families.


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