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Joe Biden returns to Iowa where he says Donald Trump has 'given up' on the pandemic

With the pandemic raging across the country, Biden also accused the president of having 'given up' on fighting it. 

'Eighty-two thousand Iowa jobs lost in the pandemic, and still, they've not come back. Seventy-thousand jobs lost in Iowa since Donald Trump became president,' Biden said. 'Here at the fairgrounds, the Iowa State Fair cancelled for the first time since World War Two. Donald Trump has given up,' he said. 

Former Vice President Joe Biden returned to Iowa where the presidential race is a tossup and accused Donald Trump of having 'given up' on the pandemic

He returned to the state after his fourth-place performance in the Iowa Caucuses, which preceded his comeback in the primaries.

Trump came to Iowa as coronavirus infections are soaring. Incumbent Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) finds herself in a tossup race there. The state, which Trump carried in 2016, is considered a tossup, with Biden leading by 1 percentage point in the RealClearPolitics average. 

With the coronavirus raging across the heartland, Biden organized other drive-in rally with about 100 cars gathered in a parking lot in the fairgrounds, and supporters honking in agreement during key lines. 

Biden also seized on New York Times reporting based on Trump tax returns the paper obtained that he paid just $750 in taxes in 2016. 

Trump came to Iowa as coronavirus infections are soaring

'I guarantee, I give you my word as a Biden, no one making less than $400,000 a year will see a penny in their taxes raised, no one,' Biden said. 'But I tell you what. It's about time the wealthiest people in American, the billionaires and trillionaires – the multibillionaires – and the biggest corporations start paying their fair share.'

His tax plan calls for raising taxes for those making more than that and raising corporate tax rates to restore some of the reductions under President Trump, raising the corporate income tax rate to 28 per cent from 21 per cent. 

'Ninety-one major corporations out of the fortune 500 didn't pay a penny in tax last year. That's tens of billions of dollars. They're going to pay their fair share,' Biden said. 

'Why should a firefighter, an educator, a nurse, a cop pay at a higher tax rate – which you do – than a major multi-billion dollar corporation? 'Why should you pay more taxes than Donald Trump who paid $750?' he said. 

He said of corporations and those who avoid taxes: 'Well, you ain't going to be gaming the system anymore in a Biden administration. They're going to start paying.' 

Biden once again sought to put the focus back on the virus, as the nation crossed 9 million infections and some states were looking at hospital bed shortages. 

'I've said it before, I'm not going to shut down the economy. I'm going to shut down the virus,' Biden vowed. 

The former vice president also mocked Trump for some of his bizarre comments and statements over the years. He told the crowd the 'stable genius believes wind power causes cancer,' marrying two of Trump's comments. 

He ridiculed Trump for musing about dropping a nuclear bomb inside a hurricane. 

He made the sign of the cross and said 'holy mackerel.' 

'These guys are something else, man,' Biden said. 

Axios reported in 2019 that Trump had made the suggestion in conversations with homeland security and national security officials. Trump called the reporting 'fake news' at the time.  

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