This is a rush transcript from “The Story with Martha MacCallum” September 16, 2020. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
MACCALLUM: All right, everybody, so tonight, we’re 48 days from the presidential election and now six months into the coronavirus. There’s a pitched battle over money for relief, vaccines and the divide over masks. The riots that have embroiled cities across this nation during racial strife and job loss due to the lockdown have now cost the country more than a billion dollars in those broken windows and buildings that we have seen burned over the course of the last few months, and that’s far from over.
The country is fighting though to get back to normal as we await vaccines.
The Big Ten announced today that they will reverse their earlier decision and they will play football after all at their colleges. Still, when asked if you would “roll things back if we had a spike”, the former Vice President Joe Biden answered “absolutely,” adding this today.
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JOE BIDEN (D) PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE: I trust vaccines, I trust scientists, but I don’t trust Donald Trump.
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MACCALLUM: So on all of this news tonight, we’re glad to bring in Vice President Mike Pence who joins us from Muskingum County Fairgrounds in Zanesville, Ohio. Welcome, vice president, good to have you with us tonight. Got an enthusiastic crowd behind you.
MIKE PENCE, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: We do. Great day here in Ohio, Martha. It’s good to be with you tonight. Thank you.
MACCALLUM: All right, hopefully we’ll be able to hear your answers. So if we could start with this, today the president came out and said this about a vaccine, and when it will be