From the talk to the primaries — South Carolina and Tremendous Tuesday — we provide the week’s large political tales.
SCOTT SIMON, HOST:
The inventory market plunged this week because the coronavirus unfold quickly throughout Europe and the Center East and to the Americas. Final night time, President Trump referred to the virus because the Democrats’ new hoax, at the same time as he appointed Vice President Mike Pence to supervise America’s preparedness. Voters head to the polls in South Carolina immediately for the state’s major.
NPR senior editor and correspondent Ron Elving is in Columbia at one of many many voter occasions going down immediately. Ron, thanks a lot for being with us.
RON ELVING, BYLINE: Good to be with you from chilly South Carolina.
SIMON: Chilly – oh, I am sorry. You imply it is chilly in South Carolina. I believed it was the title of a city.
ELVING: I imply, it’s surprisingly brisk – Columbia, S.C., Scott.
SIMON: And President Trump was additionally there. He held a marketing campaign rally, and he tried to border the coronavirus as a Democratic conspiracy.
ELVING: That is proper. Simply down the street from the place I am standing, the president instructed his rally crowd it was, quote, “the newest hoax,” though it’s now in 56 international locations and new circumstances have been reported in a single day in San Antonio and there are circumstances reported in California with no recognized hyperlink to overseas journey and the entire – properly, the World Well being Group is saying the novel coronavirus poses a really excessive international danger. A relatively colossal hoax, to make certain. However previously, the president has labeled local weather change a hoax as properly, Scott, so he could also be utilizing that phrase as a synonym for inconvenient fact.
SIMON: Have a number of the cuts the Trump administration has made to public well being packages left this nation extra susceptible?
ELVING: It is exhausting to see how chopping again on public well being proper now, each analysis and illness combating, could possibly be a assist in potential crises akin to this. However maybe the higher concern right here is the angle of the administration basically. To this point, they have been saying the virus isn’t a giant deal, that the vp can deal with it, that public well being officers shouldn’t report on to the general public and the general public shouldn’t be so involved and the inventory market is irrational for having its worst week because the monetary disaster of 2008.
SIMON: How deep may this potential disaster run, Ron, as an instance, if neighborhood pharmacies cannot refill prescriptions as a result of the prescribed drugs are made in China?
ELVING: Effectively, there are numerous provide chains vulnerable to disruption, maybe none so important because the one you talked about, however many necessary to companies in America – not simply tourism and hospitality, however manufacturing, for instance, which is why the market dropped from file highs earlier this month to market correction territory in only a few dizzying periods.
And, Scott, I ought to point out to you that proper now, I’m on the canvass launch occasion for Elizabeth Warren’s marketing campaign right here in South Carolina, so you are going to hear some whooping and a few pleasure within the background.
SIMON: We assumed the – we assumed all these whoops had been for you. Subsequent Tuesday is Tremendous Tuesday – follows only a few days from this vote immediately in South Carolina – 14 states and American Samoa, in reality, are going to vote. One-third of the eventual Democratic conference delegates at stake. Now, there in South Carolina, Joe Biden is proven to be forward. Will a win there quantity to a lot if additionally in line with polls, Bernie Sanders, as an instance, carries California by 20 factors a number of days later?
ELVING: Most observers count on at the very least a modest win for Joe Biden right here tonight. He appears to have righted his ship to some extent. That might imply at the very least a handful of delegates. However the true prize at stake tonight is momentum. Now, Biden desperately wants to point out some life if he needs to rally the non-Sanders vote round one candidate, and he seems to be, at this juncture, the one candidate with any actual probability to take action. In any other case, on Tuesday, Sanders could not have a majority of the votes in any states, however he’ll do properly sufficient to get delegates in all of them, which the opposite candidates most likely won’t.
SIMON: Ron Elving from Columbia, S.C., thanks a lot for being with us.
ELVING: Thanks, Scott.
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