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Biden campaigns in Michigan, Trump says he played down coronavirus to ‘show confidence’

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced a tax credit incentivizing businesses to keep jobs in the United States on Sept. 9. (Video: The Washington Post)

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden campaigned in Michigan on Wednesday, while President Trump announced that he was adding 20 names — including three GOP senators — to his ongoing list of potential Supreme Court picks.

At a White House news conference, Trump also said he played down his assessment of the coronavirus earlier in the year to reduce panic and “show confidence.” The president’s acknowledgment that he intentionally misled Americans about the virus is among the revelations in a new Bob Woodward book, “Rage.”

Vice President Pence is stumping in Pennsylvania, as both the Democratic and Republican tickets maintain a focus on Rust Belt states that Trump narrowly carried four years ago.