Please Explain podcast: Presidential strategies differ as crunch-time nears

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With five days until the US presidential election, the two candidates could not be more different in their approach.

Former Vice-President Joe Biden has been holding socially distanced, invitation-only rallies to small groups of people. Generally, the attendees have an established connection to the Democratic Party and the Biden campaign has not advertised the events.

In sharp contrast, President Trump has been holding boisterous, in-person rallies in battleground states where mask-wearing is not required and crowds of people pack tightly together. Biden's low-key events are regularly mocked at these extravaganzas for having a comparative lack of enthusiasm.

For the most part, Biden's supporters approve of his campaign's decision to refrain from large in-person gatherings as it's consistent with his messaging on the severity of the pandemic and the importance of listening to scientific advice.

Still, with Trump holding up to three rallies a day to energise supporters, Biden has had several recent days without any public events.

In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire joins North America correspondent Matthew Knott to discuss the impact of these vastly different presidential campaigns.

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