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‘ should "wﬂr "mun ‘ should start to clear, islands, they should start to clear, but then we should see some sneaking into devon and cornwall into the next few hours. maybe even the odd rumble of thunder possible here. the evening, showers approaching further east. across the uk this afternoon, sunshine from top to tail, just a little bit more cloud plaguing the far north—east of england and eastern coast of scotland, spilling and of the north sea. we will tend to see things brightening towards the north—west, although the northern isles may well be stuck with some lingering cloud. into the overnight period it stays pretty quiet. the shower to the south. thicker cow does make its way into central scotland, may be some drizzle and reduced visibility through the central belt first thing on sunday. temperatures are like last night, a little chilly in some of the scottish glens. it is of course autumn setting up. for sunday, still plenty of sunshine, a little late taste of summer for
many. temperatures into the mid 20s to the south, there north sea coast will always struggle thanks to the north—east went and were persisting cloud. monday, another awesome feature to look out for, mist and fog across eastern wales through into central and eastern england. that should burn up pretty quickly and another fine —looking that should burn up pretty quickly and anotherfine —looking day on monday with a lot of sunshine. a weather front coming in to the north—west will bring some rain into a north—west of scotland and that ushers the beginning of the change, if you like, for the week ahead, is though pressure starts to come into play from the atlantic. come the middle of next week, we are going to have strengthening winds and spells of rain becoming increasingly widespread. perhaps most notably a real drop in temperatures, starting to feel autumnal as this week pans out. just mundy gone, we were up at 30 degrees to the south of uk, as we look at the weekend, we could well be sitting in the mid teens. hello this is bbc news. the headlines:
boris johnson is holding urgent talks this weekend to decide whether to impose lockdown restrictions on the whole of england. local lockdown restrictions come into force in some parts of the uk, with bars and restaurants closing early. tributes are paid as the pioneering us supreme court judge and champion of women's rights, ruth bader ginsburg, dies at the age of 87. now on bbc news, katty kay chairs a virtual debate which examines the key issues of concern to voters in the us election campaign. hello and welcome. i'm katty kay and this is world questions: us election 2020. i'm in washington dc and i am video linking to leading politicians and members of the public from across america, all brought together to discuss the big issues of this election. members of the public will be putting their questions to our panel, remotely of course in the world we live in, and as this extraordinary election approaches injust over a month's
time, there is an awful lot for us to discuss. the coronavirus pandemic, which has taken so many lives here, and changed even more, law and order, black lives matter, division, unrest, and of course the deeply changed state of the united states economy. so, let me introduce our panel. in kansas city, missouri, we have mayor quinton lucas, he is a democrat. in washington, we have republican congressmen bruce westerman of arkansas just in the city at the moment and over on the west coast we hope to be joined from california, compton california, by the city's mayor, aja brown, who is also a democrat, but we're sorting out technology. down in miami, florida, we have the mayor of that city, republican francis suarez. welcome to all of you. we will bring in of course our
questioners during the course of this and let's go to our very first question which comes from daniel hopkins in wyoming. daniel, you have the microphone. put your question to our guests. yes, my mask was pulled off at walmart by an older gentleman, seems like everywhere i go if i'm wearing a mask i get a sideways glance. how can we stop the divisive argument over covid and mask wearing? daniel, thank you very much. it has been a big issue here in the united states, the issue of mask wearing. actually, a recent poll suggested that the majority of americans support the idea of wearing masks in public, but we have all seen around the country opposition to mask wearing as well. mayor lucas, let me put the question to you. how can we stop this divisive argument over covid and masks in particular? i think we need to keep sharing the science and the data in connection with it. you're much less likely to spread covid—i9 if you are wearing a mask.
communities that have mask rules and requirements are showing real results in limiting the spread of covid—i9 and i think all of us in the electoral office should be at least consistent in that message. this is one area where i will actually commend i will actually commend the white house, although sometimes the president undermines their own messaging, doctor deborah birx has travelled around the country saying how mask rules are important. she came kansas city to say that very thing. that is helpful for us so people know it is notjust a big—city mayor or democratic governors that are saying it. that is everyone saying this is important to enforce a long—term. congressman, let me go to you. i know that when you are here in washington, dc, as you are today, you will see a lot of people on the streets wearing masks. what is the situation back in arkansas? you get a mixed bag
back home in arkansas. arkansas is a rural state, we have plenty of places where we can get out in the outdoors and do activities without masks. when in public, most people are wearing masks. it is a personal issue for me. i have already tested positive for the antibodies. so as far as i understand science, i'm immune to the disease, i do not think i can transmit it to others, but i can still wear the mask, because i want to be considerate of other people and to me it is about being responsible and doing what the health experts now say is the best way to control the spread of the virus. congressman, do you think the president has been helpful in his messaging on masks? we heard him just recently in a debate on an abc town hall question whether masks were useful. would you like to see clearer messaging from the president himself? well, the president is now
encouraging people to wear a mask. he wears masks, sometimes he doesn't wear masks when he is making speeches and neither do most other people when you are socially distancing and speaking, but i think the fact that he came out and promoted wearing masks helped a lot in my state, where the president is very popular and people were looking to his voice for direction on it. ok, let's go to our second question. it is still about the issue of coronavirus, which of course in a lot of the polling that we are getting in the run—up to the selection, the coronavirus is still a very important issue for american voters. 190,000 american voters and the numbers rising have died and it is something that is very much on people's mind. let's go to rebecca injacksonville, florida. mayor suarez, from your own state, but further north.
rebecca, you have your question for our panellists. yes, i had a stroke because of the pandemic and i went from getting $4000 a month to only $600 a month. that is what they are giving me for my disability to take care of me and my son. the rich are getting richer, how am i supposed to get back 0k? rebecca, thank you very much for your question. we send you our best wishes. of course a lot of people in this country have been affected medically and we are only still learning from the medical experts what the long—term implications can be of people who got strokes through covid, as rebecca there did and who earlier was living on $4000 a month before covid—i9 is now because of having covid district, your employment situation has disappeared and now you are living on $600 a month with your son and it is just not enough to pay the bills, the round, the food and at the same time, as we have seen, there is something of a k—shaped recovery going on in this country.
people who have money in the stock market which is booming, they seem to be getting better. people like rebecca who have very little, they are suffering. mayor suarez, you are in florida, you are not very far from where rebecca is, what can you do, what can politicians in this country do, to help somebody like rebecca? it is even harder and even more difficult for someone like her who is now getting so little, to be able to provide for her family. $600 a month injacksonville doesn't work, doesn't work in miami, so it is sad to see you know a family like hers who has suffered so much, notjust medically, but now is suffering economically and so that is something that i think congress has to address. i think without a doubt, even though i am a republican mayor, i have urged congress to pass a second stimulus and maybe, as part of that, they should look at cases like rebecca's, specifically people who have been
affected by covid to a point that that is creating a new disability and is making them unable to work and really look at what kind of disability benefits they are going to provide for someone who has become unable to work because of covid. congressmen, let me go to you, because there is a bill that is in the house of representatives at the moment and there is a lot of negotiation going on, but frankly very little action from democrats or republicans up on capitol hill at. yes, first, i want to tell rebecca that i regret the issues that you have had with covid. unfortunately, we have seen that all too often across the country, as far as a revision to the cares act, everyone i talk to in congress wants to see that happen, but we have been unable to come to an agreement on what it would look like. we do need to put more flexibility and it. my state has a lot of money sitting in the
general treasury that needs to be spent by the end of the year, and the original cares act, and they need more expert on how they spend that. until congress acts again, they will not have the place ability, much less any additional funding, which i think we need to do oi'i funding, which i think we need to do on the paycheque protection programme with some more flexibility there and we also need to look at additional unemployment insurance assistance in certain areas. it seems just grossly unfair, doesn't it, that some people in this country who have money in the stock market, and the president referred to this earlier in his town hall, they are doing well. the stock market is doing well. the stock market is doing great in america, but a lot of other people who have been hit by this pandemic, either lost their jobs like rebecca, or god forbid has health problem is because of it, they are hit hard and it is hard to see how they will get out of it.
they are hit hard and it is hard to see how they will get out of itm is incredibly unfairand see how they will get out of itm is incredibly unfair and i think one thing we have seen from the covid—19 pandemic, certainly in the us, is every problem that we had before is amplified now. every problem we had with housing, employment, racial disparities, health disparities, education, incredible areas of disparities, this has been incredibly challenging time, particularly for folks like rebecca, but also fair local governments. we are trying to provide solutions to so are trying to provide solutions to so many people in our communities who are calling us and saying how can we get more resources? how can we get more help? and we have not always been able to get access to that in the way we can. and we are seeing lots, people who are able to whether this moment without much stress and i think the way we really need to try and fix his is we need to look out for people like rebecca, a lot of the people who are
struggling in our country, rather than acting like covid—19 does not exist, which unfortunately i think some do, or acting like it does not seem some do, or acting like it does not seem to matter that much, which others do. we are also joint now i'm very glad to say by mayor aja brown, the democratic mayor of compton in california. thank you so much for joining the programme. thank you for having me, it is great to be here. thank you forjoining the programme and giving us your time at. let's go to our next? stop it comes from justin who is a chef in a knoxville tennessee. just didn't come over to you. thank you, it seems americans are following two posing narratives. 0n are following two posing narratives. on one side, there is mostly peaceful protests and there has not been justification for violence. 0n the other side, they are just called
riots and wanting to destroy the nation. are either of these narratives true and if so which one? 0r narratives true and if so which one? or is itjust a matter of perspective? justin, thank you most of the question is really about the rights and the process that we have seen rights and the process that we have seenin rights and the process that we have seen in the country and the two very views of there. are they left—wing conspiracy to destabilise the nation oi’ conspiracy to destabilise the nation orare conspiracy to destabilise the nation or are they part of legitimate protests a nd or are they part of legitimate protests and how you going to bring law and order back to the streets? it is worth pointing out that a princeton university study, i do know we have all seen pictures of the protests taking place around the country, but a recent study did show that 93% of the racialjustice protests in the united states have been peaceful protests, not violent. yes there has been violence in some places, but 93% of the protest have been peaceful. mayor brown, you have join the conversation, let me kick
this off with you. how do we stop the violence that has been taking place and had we clear up the perception of what these protests are actually about? first, i do not speak on behalf of black lives matter, but i can say is a black woman as a leader that there is an overwhelming desire forjustice at this time. what you have seen really elevate in the media at this period has been going on in our nation for hundreds of years at. people have been shut down by police without a nswer been shut down by police without answer or question and at this point, people are under immense pressure and they are tired of being abused and tired of a system not acknowledging these injustices which are present in our laws and history. so when we specifically address the riots and as the study referenced the majority are peaceful, people wa nt the majority are peaceful, people want their voices heard and in order to stop people going to the streets and deterring people from taking matters into their own hands, there
isa matters into their own hands, there is a strong desire and need for justice. people want to reform the police officers. they should be no reason that if police officers have a disciplinary issue, that that information should not be of record. we do not allow doctors or other professionals to practice without their licences and this is just the same for any other public official and that is something that we need to tear inherently understand. this is not about anger, this is about oppression and people wantjustice and we all deserve to live in peace. you have shared this with me on a television before, so i'm sure you are ok with me bring it up. you yourself have had an incident of stopped by the police erroneously. absolutely and my story is not unlike many others and this is something that i have encountered my whole life. i'm married to a black man, i have a twin brother, this is something that black people have been having to shoulder since our existence here on this nation and it
is so sad that we have to have these conversations with our children to beware of police and we have seen 70 insta nces beware of police and we have seen 70 instances where people are complying with law enforcement and they are losing their lives, so it is not a fa ct losing their lives, so it is not a fact that people are against the police of fighting the police. people are complying and still losing their lives and this is a human rights issue. this is not about black or brown people or white people, it is about human rights. it is time for us to accept and acknowledge and really have a plan of action that will provide equality for all the people. congressman, is this about law and order what about justice and equality? we live in a great country where we have a first amendment that guarantees a right to peacefully assemble and protest and we should all fight for that with everything that we have, but we also have to call, when there is a riot, it isa have to call, when there is a riot, it is a riots. when people are harming other people, damaging
property, that is when we have to have a law and order. this idea of defunding the police i think is one of the worst messages that we can put out to our country right now. it is hard to get people... which, by the way, we should be clear is not the way, we should be clear is not the position of joe the way, we should be clear is not the position ofjoe biden, he does not say he wants to defund the police. in fact it is the opposite. there is a lot of talk about defending the police, i can tell you the republican position, and we had a press conference on the capitol steps yesterday, where we committed to funding the police with an additional $1.75 billion and also buying 500,000 body comes. was disappointed in a senator from south carolina who put forward a wealth... and a police reform bill and he was called a token when he did that and that bill failed to get out of the
senate, so there have been some honest attempts, well thought out attempts, to address the issue and it is unfortunate that even that gets caught up in politics. mayor lucas, wendy stand in this debate, in this balance? we hearfrom the president that it is about law and order, he evokes the possibility of armageddon on the streets of american cities ifjoe biden is elected and yet we see the videos time and time again and we do know that a black person in america is three times more likely to be shot by police and a white person is. yet it seems art the two side hearing each other? i think reasonable people hear each other. mayor brown speaks the truth and it is something that everyone, certainly he was black in this country, but i think a whole bunch of other people, at least know, recognise, and recognise asa least know, recognise, and recognise as a problem, challenge and concern. this is one area where i have grave
discomfort from the rhetoric of the president of the united states and from the rhetoric of a lot of folks who are in leadership in our country. this is about a moment of people saying can we have just as? can we have a current ability in our police departments? can we do better? —— can we have accountability? and i do not know why it has to be controversial that people are actuallyjust saying, largely peacefully, hey, let's do better as a country and other community. that's just try our best to make sure people feel like they are respected and if they do feel —— and they do not feel like they are less than someone else. what is interesting interesting about mayor brown's comments as you can mention she has a husband, brotherand her own experiences and i can imagine there are probably dozens of situations where they can point to yes, i was treated different, asks more questions, i was walking my couege more questions, i was walking my college campus and had to show an id or that they never did that to
someone i was walking with he was white. that is about, and i try not to be too partisan, but nevertheless, the president is being reckless and i think you're tearing the country apart with this rhetoric. his 20s it has a complete wedge issue, it is not even dog whistling any more, it is a dog barking. i hope we can a presidential debates about how we can do better, maybe people have different views on policing, but this is not some sort of things where a bunch of radicals are trying to take over the country and make it a marxist republic of some sort. descriptions otherwise are tearing us descriptions otherwise are tearing us apart. mare suarez, he has a republican president, you're a republican, his president your party. yes, and i want to start by acknowledging what mayor lucas and brown said. —— mayor suarez. there is no doubt in this day and age that
we could recognise there is an issue. i can tell you that in miami, all of the protests are, i would say, 90% plus of the protests are in time extremely peaceful. and there is something that mayor lucas said that really cut my attention and he is absolutely right that there is a lwa ys is absolutely right that there is always an opportunity to do better. we should always be striving to do better. we should always be introspective, looking at ourselves, whatever our faults and biases? sometimes conscious and sometimes unconscious. —— what are our faults and biases? in our communities, often they want to be able to get up, often they want to be able to get up, go often they want to be able to get up, go to work, do theirjob, they do not get caught up in a lot of things that go on in dc. it is funny because i have done a lot of national news on coronavirus and every so often i will get in an interview where they will ask me some at dc i willjust last. they asked me and i look lost and display because i do not sit down all along and try and work out what is going
on in washington, dc, i try my cat what is happening in my community so ican make what is happening in my community so i can make my community the very best it can be. i think most average people are doing that and sometimes they also express anger and frustration when they see things that are disrupting of their lives. i'm racking my brains to wondering whether i have ever asked you a dc inside question stop it was not you, absolutely not. it was not you at all at. we have one final question and unfortunately a person who sent us and unfortunately a person who sent us this question cannot be with us in person because they are dealing with fires in oregon, so this comes from a doolin who had sent us this. having a... will be detrimental to the life of our planet and we do not have much left to sustain what sustains us much doctor we agree that climate change is the biggest issue for this election? will ask you to keep your answers brief. in a
city like ours, climate change is one of the biggest issue is much that i do not know if it's the biggest for the election, but it is certainly a critical issue and it should be one of the most important issues, because it is a viability going forward and i think one of the things that i have seen in the debate is a lot of it is based on semantics in terms of how you talk about certain things, for example see rising dressing flooding. when you talk about flooding from gets on board,. the economics of dealing with climate issues are now really coming together with the solutions in terms of solar and a variety of different things that make sense economically and so, you know, it makes it a lot easier to implement because most sites converge on it,
soi because most sites converge on it, so i think a lot of it is mowing together which is what is becoming a more bipartisan issue. -- because both sides converge on its. i don't know if climate change are such a big issue in missouri, you do not get hit by hurricanes or fires or flooding, but you do have a lot of farmers and i'm interested if they think it is the biggest issue in this election? i think they would probably say no, although it is something that is a great effect to limp. ithink something that is a great effect to limp. i think it's more a reflection of politics and everything else, but ido of politics and everything else, but i do not think it is the most important issue, but in kansas city we have haze every night from the fires out west. its travels that far. we do to here in washington. known one is immune, hurricanes come up known one is immune, hurricanes come up and drop right in the midwest, there it says a lot there is a long—term climate change issues are no matter where you are, you are
dealing with there. congressman, is climate is the most important issue in this election? i have seen national polls that show the number one issue in the election is the pandemic and finding a vaccine and an end to the pandemic. sol pandemic and finding a vaccine and an end to the pandemic. so i would say that is the number one issue in the election. that is not to downplay the importance of the environment and being good stewards of what we have. i have the only licensed forester in a congress and forest are the key to the healthy environment with clean water and clean environment. and in some places we get dry conditions, the fires are going to get that much worse with too much fuel in force. we need to apply the science and reduce the intensity and occurrences of these fires and it is a crying shame that we are not doing this and
not in an all—out effort locked arm in arm to make these changes. mayor brown. my response and that, i live in california and climate change as an everyday reality from the issues and the environment in general, emissions, smog, i have seen abolition of equality of the last 20 yea rs abolition of equality of the last 20 years and now we are dealing with fires and historic proportions. —— i've seen the evolution of air—quality. i believe that the preservation of life supersedes the main... the main party as our health, the pandemic, economic issues are the issues of everyday people, it is urgent to be concerned about climate, but if you are concerned about whether or not they will have shelter, or for their children, whether they will be able to have safe and have a good quality
of life is paramount at this time at. and that is it for world questions that us election at 2020. thank you to our esteemed panel, our question is who has helped us cover some of the really big issues that are facing the country in the selection and of course to all of you for watching. from across america and around the world, from me katty kay in washington, goodbye. hello, it is a very quiet when the picture out there at the moment. we have high pressure to thank and that
area will hang on in there to the early days of next week. there is a lot more sunshine to come, really through sunday on into monday and tuesday. but you may be saying, i am in the south, there is a lot of cloud where i am, that is because this area of low pressure in the bay of biscay has been throwing its own cloud towards southernmost counties and we will be seeing more this afternoon. but skies should brighten across the channel islands at some heavy showers earlier on, but for devonin heavy showers earlier on, but for devon in common, they could be the odd downpour through the evening, maybe the south coast early evening. 0verall maybe the south coast early evening. overall it is a quite story, more clad in central scotland at the north—east of england overnight, may bea north—east of england overnight, may be a bit of drizzle here and a bit of mist and merck about sunday morning dawns are fine for the majority and there will be plenty of such an as the rain pans out. there isa such an as the rain pans out. there is a bit more cloud tending to drape itself across the north, but in the sunshine, stubby pretty present. breeze in the south, but highs of 24, 25, breeze in the south, but highs of 2a, 25, more cloud close to the north sea coast.
this is bbc news with the latest headlines. boris johnson is holding talks this weekend — to decide whether to impose lockdown restrictions on the whole of england. local lockdown restrictions have come into force in some parts of the uk — with bars and restaurants closing early in north east england. i think people are going to go out during the day instead of going out at night. so it's not going to really change anything. it is good because it is saving peoples lives, bad because it is impacting on my night out. more than 800,000 people living in the spanish capital madrid, will go into lockdown — after a surge in the number of new infections.