Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, a former two-term Vice President, and Vice President Mike Pence greet each other during a memorial service at the National Memorial and Museum on September 11 in New York City on Friday.
President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden celebrated the anniversary of September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks by visiting a memorial in the main swing state of Pennsylvania on Friday, and Biden and Vice President Mike Pence also attended a memorial service in New York City.
Biden spent Friday morning in New York at the National 9/11 Memorial & Museum's commemoration, where he spoke briefly with Pence.
The Democratic presidential candidate then traveled to Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where he laid a wreath at the Flight 93 National Memorial. This plane crashed into a field after passengers and crew resisted hijackers.
Biden told reporters Friday morning that his campaign had suspended advertising for the day. "I won't be talking about anything other than September 11th," he said. "It's a solemn day. We'll keep it that way."
Trump was at the memorial in Shanksville on Friday morning and left before Biden arrived.
"The heroes of Flight 93 are an eternal reminder that regardless of the danger, threat and chance America will always stand up, stand upright and defend itself," Trump said in a speech at the memorial.
The president also noted that US troops killed the Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi less than a year ago, adding that "soon after" they took out General Qassem Soleimani and the one who commanded the Iranian Quds Force , described as "the world's top" terrorist "
Query average for top swing states
The remarks from Biden and Trump come 53 days before the November 3rd election, and since the Democratic challenger has a nearly 4 percentage point lead over the Republican, which is on a RealClearPolitics moving average of polls that focus on top swing – Focus on states likely to rule over the whites house races. Biden's advantage in Pennsylvania is 4.3 points. Trump and his campaign have said pollsters get the race wrong.
The betting markets give the former vice president a 53% chance of winning versus Trump's 46.2%.
Back in Washington, DC, Trump announced an agreement on Friday afternoon to normalize relations between Israel and Bahrain.
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