On Thursday, October 1 Axios' Mike Allen hosted a conversation following the first presidential debate featuring Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D) and Biden Foreign Policy Advisor Antony Blinken.
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms discussed voting early and safely, as well as her reaction to Tuesday's first presidential debate.
- On the importance of voting in this election: "We are not the first generation that's faced challenges in voting. And this is what makes it now more important than ever for us to exercise our right to vote."
- On the role that Georgia has as a state with many swing voters: "My hope is that in Georgia, where there are still so many swing voters and even many undecided voters, that this was a visual representation of the trouble that our country is in. That in watching President Trump, we watch someone who refuses to denounce white supremacists."
Antony Blinken unpacked the foreign policy approach of a Biden administration and his view of President Trump's effect on the relationships between the United States and its allies.
- On a 'diplomacy first' approach: "I think a Biden administration would actually reassert American leadership, leading with our diplomacy. We'd actually show up again day in, day out, and we'd engage the world."
- His view of the current administration's approach to foreign policy: "We've got a president who can't tell our friends from our foes."
Sen. Marsha Blackburn preparation for safe voting practices in Tennessee, the idea of statehood for D.C. and the Supreme Court Nomination of Amy Coney Barrett.
- When asked to respond to Trump's refusal to denounce white supremacy on Tuesday night: "I think that it is imperative that we denounce all forms of violence and these extremist groups, whether they are from the left or from the right. And this there is no place for this in civil society."
- On the possibility of D.C. statehood: "D.C. is the district. It is the nation's capital. Why would we turn that into a state? How would that work? And [my constituents] are just very unsettled."
Thank you Bank of America for sponsoring this conversation.