BANGOR — Gov. Janet Mills, U.S. Senate candidate Sara Gideon and Attorney General Aaron Frey held a joint press conference in Bangor on Sunday in response to President Donald Trump’s last minute visit to Maine.
“He’s desperate to come back here knowing that there’s this one electoral vote that he might or might not get,” Mills said. “The polls are kind of close between Biden and Trump, but I‘m convinced that the people of this district know truth when they see it, and they know dishonesty.”
All three spoke against Trump and in support of former Vice President Joe Biden.
“If you’re an everyday Maine person, Donald Trump does not care about you,” Mills said.
“In Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, we have a ticket that’s gonna put our future first, that has a plan not how to serve themselves like the Trump administration, but also how it is that they’re gonna make sure that during this COVID-19 pandemic, people are kept safe,” Frey said. “When it comes to health care, people are gonna have access to it, and we’re gonna strengthen and expand the Affordable Care Act.”
Much of the conversation surrounded the president’s response to COVID-19.
“More people than ever before are sick and hospitalized in ICU wards across this country because of this virus, which this president has lied to us about and has miserably failed to get under control,” Mills said.
“We have seen more than 8 million people in this country be infected,” Gideon said. “More than 220,000 people have died, and still, there is no national testing plan in place.”
Gideon said incumbent Sen. Susan Collins enables Trump’s actions.
“Mainers deserve better,” Gideon said. “We deserve someone who will stand up for what is right. We deserve someone who will protect and expand our health care, someone who will strengthen our democracy.”
Annie Clark, communications director for Collins, responded in a statement that Gideon’s priority is to replace Collins instead of working to help the state, but Collins will focus on what’s right for the people of Maine.
The event drew a crowd of supporters for Gideon and the Biden-Harris ticket.
“I fear the worst if we continue with another four years with a man that’s incapable of the honor of being the president of the United States,” said Linda Tracy of Corinth.
“I’m looking to the future, to the next generations,” said Kathi Smith, a Sidney resident.
Election Day is just over a week away, and we can expect to hear more from both campaigns.