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President Trump suggested Tuesday that some men feel "insulted" by Joe Biden's promise to choose a woman as his running mate, telling Fox Sports Radio that the former vice president has "roped himself into a certain group of people.”

Why it matters: The comments come as Biden's campaign is expected to announce his pick imminently, drawing a close to a slow, deliberative process that has highlighted the fundamental differences between his campaign and Trump's re-election effort.

  • Biden's confidants have told Axios that they believe his choices for vice president have narrowed to Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and former national security adviser Susan Rice.
  • The vice presidential nominee is slated to speak at the Democratic convention on Wednesday, according to a newly released schedule.

What he's saying: "I would be inclined to go a different route than what he's done," Trump said about Biden's promise to choose a woman. "He roped himself into a certain group of people. Some people would say men are insulted by that and some people would say it is fine."

  • Andrew Bates, the rapid response director for Biden's campaign responded: "Donald Trump is easily threatened. And because of his insulting negligence and erratic, failed leadership, over 5 million Americans have been infected with coronavirus, over 160,000 died, and tens of millions remain jobless."

Between the lines: Biden's VP pick is especially important for Team Trump, advisers told Axios' Jonathan Swan.

  • If Biden's running mate is hard to depict as a wild-eyed radical, it could undercut Trump's strategy of trying to convince voters Biden is an empty vessel to be filled by the policies of the "radical left."

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The mainstream media turned away. But online, President Trump's charges about Hunter Biden were by far the dominant storyline about the final presidential debate, according to exclusive NewsWhip data provided to Axios.

  • Coverage of business dealings by Joe Biden's son — and pre-debate allegations by one of his former business associates, Tony Bobulinski — garnered more than twice as much online activity (likes, comments, shares) as the runner-up.
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Obama: The rest of us have to live with the consequences of what Trump's done

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Campaigning for Joe Biden at a car rally in Miami on Saturday, Barack Obama railed against President Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic, saying "the rest of us have to live with the consequences of what he's done."

Driving the news: With less than two weeks before the election, the Biden campaign is drawing on the former president's popularity with Democrats to drive turnout and motivate voters.

SurveyMonkey poll: Trump improves, but not enough

Trump and Biden during the final debate. Photo: Xinhua/Liu Jie via Getty Images

President Trump's final debate performance exceeded Americans' expectations, but it wasn't enough to shift the dynamics that left him trailing Joe Biden across most measures, according to a new Axios-SurveyMonkey poll.

What they're saying: "Liar" was the word used most by debate watchers to describe Trump's performance, followed by "lies," "strong," "presidential" and "childish." "Presidential" was the word used most to describe Biden's performance, followed by "liar," "weak," "expected" and "honest."