Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Del., on July 14. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Former Vice President Joe Biden vowed on Monday to end President Trump's signature travel ban on people from Muslim-majority nations "on day one" if he's elected.

Of note: Biden made the pledge during an online address at the "Million Muslim Votes" summit. It's rare for a presidential nominee, presumptive or otherwise, to address large Muslim audiences. Organizers of the event, hosted by the Muslim American advocacy group Emgage Action, told NPR they can't recall a nominee ever doing so.

"Joe Biden's presence serves not only to galvanise Muslim Americans to cast their ballots, but to usher in an era of engaging with Muslim American communities under a Biden administration."
— Emgage Action CEO Wa'el Alzayat to Al Jazeera
  • The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee's Monday address coincided with a prominent group of Muslim American leaders endorsing him in a letter organized by Emgage Action. Among the signatories were Reps. Andre Carson (D-Ind.) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who originally endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders for president, AP notes.

What he's saying: "Muslim communities were the first to feel Donald Trump's assault on Black and brown communities in this country with his vile Muslim ban," Biden said in his speech that addressed the "unconscionable rise in Islamophobia," for which he blamed Trump.

  • Biden pledged to work with Congress "to pass hate crimes legislation" as well as repeal Trump's travel ban if elected.
  • And he said he wished schools taught more about the Islamic faith, noting "we all come from the same root here, in terms of our fundamental basic beliefs."

Background: Democrats have historically been "cautious about openly courting Muslim voters," and Republicans more so in recent years, NPR notes — although then-Republican nominee George W. Bush did so 20 years ago.

  • Biden himself was absent from last year's Islamic Society of North America convention, along with all but two Democratic presidential candidates — Sanders and former HUD Secretary Julián Castro.

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Oct 25, 2020 - Politics & Policy

AOC: "Extremely important" that Biden offer Bernie Sanders a Cabinet position

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday that she believes it's "extremely important" that Joe Biden offer Sen. Bernie Sanders and other progressive leaders Cabinet positions if he's elected president.

The big picture: Ocasio-Cortez was pressed repeatedly on policy differences between her and the more moderate Biden, including her opposition to fracking and support for Medicare for All. She responded that it would be a "privilege" and a "luxury" to be able to lobby a Biden administration on progressive issues, insisting that the focus right now should be on winning the White House.

What Matters 2020

The missed opportunities for 2020 and beyond

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photos: Jason Armond (Los Angeles Times), Noam Galai, Jabin Botsford (The Washington Post), Alex Wong/Getty Images

As the 2020 presidential campaign draws to a close, President Trump and Joe Biden have focused little on some of the most sweeping trends that will outlive the fights of the moment.

Why it matters: Both have engaged on some issues, like climate change and China, on their own terms, and Biden has addressed themes like economic inequality that work to his advantage. But others have gone largely unmentioned — a missed opportunity to address big shifts that are changing the country.

Oct 26, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Key takeaways from the "60 Minutes" interviews with Trump and Biden

Combination image of President Trump and Democratic Presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden during the first presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio on Sept. 29. Photo: Jim Watson, Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

CBS' "60 Minutes" aired its interviews with President Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden Sunday evening, as the 2020 election rivals offered starkly different visions for the U.S.

The big picture: The show opened with Trump's interview with CBS' Lesley Stahl — which she noted "began politely, but ended regrettably, contentiously" after the president abruptly ended it, before moving on to Vice President Mike Pence, and then Biden and running mate Sen. Kamala Harris.

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