Democratic White House oponenter Joe Biden blasted President Donald Trump as a conman during a campaign raid traditionally Republican territory.
In Georgia, Mr Biden said that Mr Trump’s maneging of coronavirus amounted to a “capitulation”.
Mr Trump kept blitzing the swing states that he won in 2016, warning in Michigan that its “economic survival” was on the road if Mr Biden won.
According to opinion polls, Mr Trump lags behind with every week to travel.
But the race is tighter in critical battleground states like Arizona, Florida and North Carolina.
More than 69 million people have already voted early by post or face to face during a record-breaking surge driven mainly by the coronavirus pandemic.
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What did Trump say?
On Tuesday, Mr Trump held rallies in Nebraska and two states he snatched from Democrats in 2016: Michigan and Wisconsin.
In Lansing, Michigan’s capital, he caution: “This election may be a matter of economic survival for Michigan.”
And he told suburban women, a demographic that a lot of opinion polls suggest he’s struggling to win over: “Your husbands, they need to urge back to figure , right? We’re getting your husbands back to figure .”
Before leaving the White House, the president renewed his criticism of postal ballots — quite 46 million of which are cast thus far .
The huge volume of mail-in votes, which could take days or weeks to tally, means a winner isn’t bound to be known on election night next week.
“It would be much, much proper and really nice if a winner were declared on November 3, rather than counting ballots for 2 weeks, which is completely inappropriate,” Mr Trump told reporters before heading to the Midwest.
Mr Trump — who only this month was admitted to hospital with coronavirus is planning a head-spinning 11 rallies within the final two days of the election campaign before voting day next Tuesday.
Meanwhile, First Lady Melania Trump joined the campaign fray solo for the primary time on Tuesday, assailing Mr Biden as a “socialist”.
In the critical election state of Pennsylvania, Mrs Trump cast doubt on Mr Biden’s claims that he could do a far better job as president.
“Well, the American people can check out Joe Biden’s 36 years in Congress and eight years within the vice-presidency and determine whether or not they think he’ll finally be ready to get something finished the American people.”
Trump sprints down homestretch
If Donald Trump loses the White House next week, it won’t be for a scarcity of effort on the campaign trail down the stretch.
On Tuesday, he began a three-day, multi-state swing across the country with a stop in Lansing, Michigan. Despite a temperature hovering just above freezing as light rain mixed with ice pelted the airfield, a crowd of several thousand waited for hours to ascertain the president.
“I’m working my ass off,” Mr Trump told the cheering throngs of individuals , who at one point responded with chants of “We love you”.
The president went on to talk for quite an hour, mixing in his normal stump-speech attacks on his opponent, Joe Biden, with some more focused riffs on immigration and trade the car-industry-dominated state.
He once more attacked the state’s Democratic governor, Gretchen Whitmer, for aggressive attempts to mitigate the spread of Covid-19, to which the gang responded with the now-familiar “lock her up” chant.
Michigan was perhaps the most important surprise of the 2016 election, as Mr Trump narrowly carried it over Hillary Clinton despite opinion polls before the election showing him behind by sometimes large margins.
The polls aren’t encouraging for the president this point around either, although after the rally the campaign gave printouts to the press suggesting that Republicans have a small advantage in returned ballots within the state thus far .
Another Michigan surprise would go an extended way toward unlocking a path for the president to re-election.
What did Biden say?
In a trip to Warm Springs, Georgia, on Tuesday, Mr Biden vowed to be “a president who doesn’t divide us, but unites us” and someone who could “heal this nation”.
Georgia has not voted for a Democrat for president since 1992, but opinion polls suggest the Democrat is statistically tied with Mr Trump within the southern state.
Even as he presented himself as a president for all Americans no matter party, Mr Biden targeted his rival.
“Time and again throughout our history, we’ve seen the charlatans, the conmen, the phony populists — who have sought to play to our fears, appeal to our worst appetites, and pick at the oldest scabs we’ve for his or her own political gain.
“They appear when the state has been hit the toughest and we’re at our most vulnerable. Never to unravel anything. Always to profit themselves.”
Mr Biden kept hammering away at his opponent’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed quite 225,000 Americans. He said Mr Trump had “shrugged. He’s swaggered. And he’s surrendered.”
In a sign of the Biden campaign’s confidence that it can expand the electoral map, he will travel later in the week to Iowa, a state that Mr Trump won by 10 points four years ago.
Mr Biden’s campaigner , Kamala Harris, will head to Arizona and Texas, where no Democrat has been elected to statewide office since 1994.
No doubt mindful that 2016 Democratic White House nominee Hillary Clinton also tried to form in-roads in Republican states, only to lose critical Democratic strongholds, Mr Biden is additionally scheduled to go to Wisconsin, Michigan and Florida within the coming days.
Former President Barack Obama was back on the trail in Florida on Tuesday on behalf of his former vice-president.
At a drive-in rally in Orlando, Mr Obama warned Democratic voters to not be “complacent” or “lazy”, allowing Mr Trump to tug off another come-from-behind victory as he did in 2016.
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