U.S. Rescues American Held Hostage in Nigeria 

31 Oct

Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State

The United States is committed to the safe return of all U.S. citizens taken captive.  We delivered on that commitment late last night in Nigeria, where some of our bravest and most skilled warriors rescued a U.S. citizen after a group of armed men took him hostage across the border in Niger.

Thanks to the extraordinary courage and capabilities of our military, the support of our intelligence professionals, and our diplomatic efforts, the hostage will be reunited with his family. 

We will never abandon any American taken hostage.

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NEW ADS: Floridians Share Why They’re Voting, Encourage Neighbors To Make A Plan To Vote

31 Oct

Today, the Democratic National Committee released three new digital ads featuring Florida voters, who share why they’re voting this year and encourage Floridians to make a plan to vote as soon as possible. The ads are running on digital platforms like YouTube.

“I’m a first-time voter in the U.S.,” said Carlos, a Miami resident. “I became a U.S. citizen last year. Voting this year is so exciting. I’m very emotional, because democracy doesn’t work without us.”

“This election is absolutely critical, because the country is divided right now,” said Tanya, a Lauderhill resident. “I’ve never seen it this divided in the over forty years that I’ve been here. And so, we need to come together again as a country. That’s why it’s important for people to vote.”

“Our vote is our power,” said Jonathan, a Miami artist who created a mural highlighting the importance of voting. “People have died for us to have this opportunity to do this. For our neighborhoods, for our representatives — you have the opportunity to be part of that and to vote the people that you would like in power.”

The videos direct viewers to IWillVote.com — Democrats’ comprehensive voter participation website — to find out more about their voting options and make a plan to vote.

WATCH HERE: CARLOS

WATCH HERE: TANYA

WATCH HERE: JONATHAN

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NEW ADS: Wisconsinites Share Why They’re Voting, Encourage Neighbors To Make A Plan To Vote

31 Oct

Today, the Democratic National Committee released two new digital ads featuring Wisconsin voters, who share why they’re voting this year and encourage Wisconsinites to make a plan to vote as soon as possible. The ads are running on digital platforms like YouTube.

“My parents came over to the U.S. as Vietnam War refugees,” said May yer Thao, a community leader. “My parents had limited English skills, but yet they were out there voting. And that made me realize that I also had an obligation. It is time to celebrate each other again and come together to support each others’ communities so that we have a thriving nation again.”

“I grew up watching my parents vote, watching them exercise their power in that way,” said Lauren, a Wisconsin voter. “I’ve never been one to complain about things that I haven’t tried to change or support. And so, I think in order to have an opinion about the outcome, you have to be a part of the input. And, I think voting is a way to do that.”

The videos direct viewers to IWillVote.com — Democrats’ comprehensive voter participation website — to find out more about their voting options and make a plan to vote.

WATCH HERE: MAY YER

WATCH HERE: LAUREN

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Ahead of Trump’s Visit to Pennsylvania, DNC Unveils New Billboard Slamming the Trump Administration’s Failed COVID-19 Response

31 Oct

Today, the Democratic National Committee unveiled new billboards near Reading Regional Airport in Pennsylvania, the site of President Trump’s second rally today, highlighting how Trump’s failed coronavirus response has hurt Pennsylvanians — leading to the deaths of more than 8,700 Pennsylvanians and over a million lost jobs in the state.

The billboards, located on the Warren Street Bypass at Bernville Road near Reading Airport, are running all day Saturday and will reach Pennsylvanians in the area around Trump’s event today.

“COVID-19 cases are soaring, Trump is preparing for his lawsuit to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, and he still doesn’t have a plan to create good-paying jobs for Pennsylvanians and take them out of the biggest economic recession in nearly a century,” said DNC Chair Tom Perez. “We’re reaching Pennsylvanians with a message they can’t miss: Nothing Trump says today can change his four years of failed, incompetent leadership — and voters will hold him accountable by voting him out of office.”

An image of the billboard is below: 

 

Yesterday, in advance of Trump’s rallies, the Pennsylvania Democratic Party hosted a virtual press conference with PA Dems Chair Nancy Patton Mills, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan (PA-6), and congressional candidates Christina Finello (PA-01) and Kristy Gnibus (PA-16) to discuss how President Trump’s economic policies, COVID-19 response and attacks on health care have left working families in the region behind.

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NEW ADS: Sen. Baldwin, Lt. Gov. Barnes & Local Leaders Encourage Wisconsinites To Make A Plan To Vote

31 Oct

Spots feature Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, Mayor Tom Barrett, Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway, & State Sen.-Elect Kelda Roys

Today, the Democratic National Committee released a new series of digital ads featuring Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Lt. Gov Mandela Barnes, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway, and state Sen.-Elect Kelda Roys, who underscore the stakes of this election and encourage Wisconsinites to make a plan to vote as soon as possible. The ads are running on digital platforms like YouTube.

“The time has come — the chance to vote for a new president and bring a brighter future to our state,” said Sen. Baldwin. “The time to make a plan to vote early is right now. And don’t forget to tell your friends and family to do the same … The future of our country is on the ballot, and we need to show up like never before.”

“The most important election of our lifetime is here,” said Lt. Gov. Barnes. “We hold the power to bring about change and to bring a new president to the White House. So, make sure you have a plan to vote.”

“This is the time for us as Americans to step up and have our voices heard,” said Mayor Tom Barrett. “So, please do what you can. Talk to your friends, your neighbors. Please get out and vote between now and November 3rd.”

“You need to vote this year, because health care is on the ballot,” said Mayor Rhodes-Conway. “Climate change is on the ballot. Our economy is on the ballot. And, we need your vote to turn Wisconsin blue. This year, your vote matters more than ever.”

“Voting is important to me because I want my kids to grow up in a world that’s better than the one that I grew up in,” said state Sen.-Elect Roys. “I think if we want to make progress as a society, we all have to make our voices heard, and it’s never been more important than it is this year.”

The videos direct viewers to IWillVote.com — Democrats’ comprehensive voter participation website — to find out more about their voting options and make a plan to vote.

WATCH HERE: SEN. BALDWIN

WATCH HERE: LT. GOV. BARNES

WATCH HERE: MAYOR BARRETT

WATCH HERE: MAYOR RHODES-CONWAY

WATCH HERE: STATE SEN.-ELECT ROYS

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NEW AD: Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe Encourages Virginians To Make A Plan To Vote

31 Oct

Today, the Democratic National Committee released a new digital ad featuring former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who underscores the stakes of this election and encourages Virginians to make a plan to vote as soon as possible. The ad is running on digital platforms like YouTube.

“Folks, Election Day is very close,” Gov. McAuliffe in the video. “Go to MakeAPlan.com. Please go vote. There is nothing more important. Let’s go, game on.”

The video directs viewers to MakeAPlan.com to find out more about their voting options and make a plan to vote.

WATCH HERE:


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NEW AD: Sen. Amy Klobuchar Encourages Minnesotans To Make A Plan To Vote

31 Oct

Today, the Democratic National Committee released a new digital ad featuring Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who underscores the stakes of this election and encourages Minnesotans to make a plan to vote as soon as possible.  The ad is running on digital platforms like YouTube.

“In our state, we know how to vote,” said Sen. Klobuchar in the video. “Election after election, we have some of the highest voter turnout rates in the country — in fact, the best — year after year! And, I’m counting on you to make sure that 2020 is our strongest year yet.”

The video directs viewers to IWillVote.com — Democrats’ comprehensive voter participation website — to find out more about their voting options and make a plan to vote.

WATCH HERE:

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NEW AD: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Encourages Michiganders To Make A Plan To Vote

31 Oct

Today, the Democratic National Committee released a new digital ad featuring Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who underscores the stakes of this election and encourages Michiganders to make a plan to vote as soon as possible.  The ad is running on digital platforms like YouTube.

“To see through the change we want for our state, it will take all of us,” said Gov. Whitmer in the video. “Make sure your friends and family don’t miss out on the most important election of our lifetimes. This is it. Be a part of history. Vote now.”

The video directs viewers to IWillVote.com — Democrats’ comprehensive voter participation website — to find out more about their voting options and make a plan to vote.

WATCH HERE:

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NEW AD: Sen. Elizabeth Warren Encourages Americans To Make A Plan To Vote

31 Oct

Today, the Democratic National Committee released a new digital video featuring Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who underscores the stakes of this election and encourages Americans to make a plan to vote as soon as possible. The ad is running on digital platforms like YouTube.

“A crisis is never solved without a plan, and you know, I really love a plan,” said Sen. Warren in the video. “It’s gonna take all of us to solve the problems we face, so let’s dream big, fight hard, and vote.”

The video directs viewers to IWillVote.com — Democrats’ comprehensive voter participation website — to find out more about their voting options and make a plan to vote.

WATCH HERE:

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Amid Rising Violence against Women, Girls, Spotlight Initiative Investing $4 Million to End Scourge in Guyana, Deputy Secretary-General Tells Country Programme Event

31 Oct

Following is the text of UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed’s video message on the occasion of the Spotlight Initiative high-level launch event for the Guyana country programme titled “Sustainable Development Goals Decade of Action — End Gender-based Violence and Family Violence for Unity, Equality and Dignity in Guyana”, held today: