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Biden calls Trump a 'climate arsonist' as candidates face off on wildfires, climate change
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Biden calls Trump a 'climate arsonist' as candidates face off on wildfires, climate change

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Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks about climate change and wildfires affecting western states, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. 

Trump, Biden face off on West Coast wildfire, climate change

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — President Donald Trump and challenger Joe Biden focused their presidential battle on the wildfire-scorched West Coast Monday, with Trump again blaming poor forest management for the apocalyptic destruction while Biden declared the fires and recent extreme weather underscore an urgent need to address climate change.

The dueling events marked a stark moment on the campaign trail, where the two candidates’ dramatically contrasting outlooks on climate change —and the impact it has had on the record-setting fires ravaging California, Oregon and Washington state —were front-and-center.

Biden lashed at Trump, saying the moment requires “leadership, not scapegoating” and that “it's clear we are not safe in Donald Trump's America.”

“This is another crisis, another crisis he won't take responsibility for,” Biden said. He said that if voters give “a climate denier” and “climate arsonist” another four years in the White House, "why would we be surprised that we have more of America ablaze?”

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President Donald Trump participates in a briefing on wildfires at Sacramento McClellan Airport, in McClellan Park, Calif., Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. 

Trump, who was briefed during a stop near Sacramento before a campaign visit to Phoenix, has been mostly quiet as the catastrophe on the West Coast has unfolded over the past few weeks. He tweeted appreciation of firefighters and emergency responders on Friday, the first pubic comments he had made in weeks about the fires that's killed dozens, burned millions of acres and forced thousands from their homes on the West Coast.

The president arrived at at Sacramento McClellan Airport to the powerful scent of smoke from the fires burning some 90 miles away. Read the full story here:

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