The Latest: Biden says school reopening a national emergency

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 presidential campaign (all times local):

1:50 p.m.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden says the issue of safely reopening America’s schools is a “national emergency.”

He says that if he were president, he’d have the Federal Emergency Management Agency guarantee access to disaster relief for K-12 schools.

Biden says during a campaign event in Wilmington, Delaware, that President Donald Trump “still doesn’t have a real plan” to handle the coronavirus pandemic.

The Democrat says “this is an emergency and Donald Trump and his FEMA should treat it as one.”

FEMA officials said this week that the agency would no longer pay for cloth face masks and disinfectants in schools.

Biden says that as president, he’d declare the issue of school reopening a national emergency and direct FEMA to authorize access to emergency assistance for K-12 schools.


1:40 p.m.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden says he’ll mark the 19th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks by visiting Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where one of the hijacked planes crashed into a field, killing all passengers and crew on board.

The White House hasn’t announced President Donald Trump’s plans for Sept. 11. He visited the Shanksville memorial for commemoration in 2018.

A 2,200-acre memorial marks the spot in rural Pennsylvania where Flight 93 went down on Sept. 11, 2001. Three other planes hijacked that day were crashed into the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon. Nearly 3,000 people died in the attacks.


12:30 p.m.

The nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates has announced the moderators for the upcoming debates between President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden.

Chris Wallace of Fox News will moderate the first debate on Sept. 29 in Cleveland.

Steve Scully of C-SPAN will moderate the “town meeting” debate on Oct. 15 in Miami.

NBC’s Kristen Welker will moderate the final debate on Oct. 22 in Nashville, Tennessee.

The commission also says USA Today’s Susan Page will moderate the vice-presidential debate on Oct. 7 in Salt Lake City with Vice President Mike Pence and Democrat Kamala Harris.


11:26 a.m.

Joe Biden raised at least $360 million for his election effort in August, a record-shattering sum that will give the Democratic presidential nominee ample resources to compete in the final two months of the campaign.

That’s according to a person with direct knowledge of the fundraising effort who requested anonymity to discuss internal campaign details.

Biden’s campaign declined to comment. President Donald Trump has not yet released his fundraising figure for the month.

The money was raised in conjunction with the Democratic National Committee. While candidates face a $2,800 limit, Biden can raise far more than that through a joint fundraising committee with the DNC that allows him to collect individual checks worth upward of $600,000.

—Associated Press writer Brian Slodysko.


11 a.m.

Joe Biden is traveling to Wisconsin on Thursday as the swing state becomes the focal point for political debate over violence at protests there and elsewhere in the nation.

Biden’s campaign says the Democratic presidential nominee plans to travel to the state with his wife, Jill.

The visit comes two days after President Donald Trump toured Kenosha, Wisconsin, the site of recent protests following the shooting of an unarmed Black man, Jacob Blake, left paralyzed after being shot in the back seven times by an officer. Trump used the opportunity to drive home his campaign message of “law and order” by expressing support for law enforcement and blaming “domestic terror” for the looting and arson that’s taken place in the city during the protests.

The president and his allies are hoping to use the violence at recent protests against Biden, and have charged that if the Democrat were elected such incidents would become the norm.

Biden has repeatedly denounced the protest violence but has expressed sympathy for protesters’ concerns over systemic racism and a commitment to enact police reforms if elected.

It will be Biden’s first visit to Wisconsin in nearly two years. It comes after Biden decided against accepting the party’s nomination in Milwaukee, where the Democratic National Convention was to have been held. Instead, the convention was mostly virtual amid the coronavirus pandemic.