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Charlotte Talks Politics: Outbreak Jolts Government, Final Month Of Election

President Trump arriving at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for COVID-19 treatment.

Monday, Oct. 5, 2020

How will the president's COVID-19 diagnosis and the widening outbreak in Washington affect the government and the final month of the 2020 election?

The Trump presidency has been one crisis after another, but it now it might face its biggest yet.

The White House is scrambling to portray a government that is still functioning, while Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis no doubt complicates the final weeks of the campaign.

In North Carolina, Republican Sen. Thom Tillis tested positive for the virus, while his Democratic opponent, Cal Cunningham, admitted to sexting with a woman who is not his wife.


Julie Rovner, Kaiser Health News, chief Washington correspondent (@jrovner)

Chris Cooper, Western Carolina University, head of the Department of Political Science and Public Affairs (@chriscooperwcu)

Scott Huffmon, Winthrop University, professor of political science, Winthrop Poll director (@HuffmonPolitics)

Susan Roberts, Davidson College, professor of political science (@profsuroberts)

Whitney Ross Manzo, Meredith College, associate professor of political science, assistant director of the Meredith Poll  (@whitneymnz)

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A veteran of Charlotte radio news, Chris joined the "Charlotte Talks" staff in January 2016, but has been listening to WFAE since discovering the station as a high schooler.