Melania Trump forgoes campaign trail due to lingering cough

The first lady canceled her appearance as Trump hit Pennsylvania where he won by less than 1% in 2016 as Joe Biden hit North Carolina.
3:49 | 10/21/20

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Just 13 days until the final votes. The third and final debate tomorrow night in Nashville. Joe Biden prepping at home. Donald Trump blitzing the battleground states and now Barack Obama ready to hit the trail again. He'll be in Philadelphia today. His first in-person campaign event. Senior white house correspondent Cecilia Vega is tracking it all. Good morning, Cecilia. Reporter: Hey, George, good morning. With that comfortable lead in the polls as you said Joe Biden is off the trail again today and any other presidential election it would be pretty remarkable to not see a candidate this publicly in so many days but as you said, president trump, he is doing this battleground blitz hoping that these rallies help energize supporters in this final stretch. Overnight president trump in the battleground of Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania, you got to get out and vote. You know, if we win Pennsylvania we win the whole thing. Reporter: It's a state he won by less than 1% in 2016 and one he needs to win again even though this time around he made the visit begrudgingly. Before the plague came in, I had it made. I wasn't coming to Erie. I mean, I have to be honest. There's no way I was coming. I didn't have to. Reporter: The president had hoped to have the first lady with him. In her first public appearance since contracting the coronavirus but the morning of the scheduled trip, she canceled citing an abundance of caution and a lingering cough. Now the president on a solo blitz to the finish. Four battleground states, sometimes two stops a day, all between Sunday and tomorrow's for his rival Joe Biden, just one stop in North Carolina. While Biden is off the trail preparing for the final face-to-face showdown his running mate, kamala Harris, in the battleground of Wisconsin calling on supporters to vote early. Some people are trying to suggest that your vote won't matter. No, what they understand is that when you vote, you have power. Reporter: His most powerful surrogate of all former president Barack Obama tweeting out a video with an urgent message for young voters ahead of his first trip. In times as polarized as these, your vote doesn't just matter, it matters more than ever before. Joe Biden needs your vote. I know Joe better than almost anybody. I trust him to be a great president. Reporter: Earlier at the white house president trump asked what he would do differently if he had a do-over of his handling of the coronavirus which has so far killed more than 220,000 Americans. His answer -- Not ch. Look, it's all over the world. There's a lot of smart people. It came out of China. China should have stopped it. Reporter: Well, now in the president's line of fire the show "60 minutes," he did a sitdown with Lesley Stahl, the journalist at the white house yesterday. It appears he was not very happy with how it turned out. He is talking about it on Twitter. He is talking about it at that rally threatening to release what he says is the full interview before it actually airs on Sunday. This is one of those continual points of frustration for people close to the president who wish he would stay focused and talk about the one issue they see as the winning issue, the economy, in the final stretch. Taking off on all kinds of people. So many are hurting as well. Cecilia, looking for economic relief and in those stimulus negotiations kind of mixed messages, speaker Nancy Pelosi and secretary mnuchin encouraging signs but Mitch Mcconnell saying, not so fast. Reporter: Yeah, exactly. A conversation that reportedly happened behind closed doors telling his Republican caucus he warned the white house not to go ahead with any kind of deal with Pelosi before the election. There's some fear there that there could be repercussions for vulnerable senators up for re-election. But as you said it, George, they are up against the clock and Pelosi says they need to have a deal worked out by the end of the week in order for this to happen. There are talks continuing Cecilia Vega, thanks very much. Third and final presidential debate tomorrow night. We'll have complete coverage. I'll anchor with our team starting 8:00 eastern. Now to more on the

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