Barack Obama steps up to support ‘Basement Joe’

Former president Barack Obama has made his first appearance of the U.S. election campaign in Pennsylvania.

It’s a key battleground state, where the Democrats need to turn out black and Latino voters in big numbers.

But as the two candidates for president square up for their final debate, the man trying to topple Donald Trump has spent a lot of the year in his basement.

Never has America seen a candidate racking up so many hours from the comfort of his own home.

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In the past month he has selectively hit the campaign trail, only to hunker down again in recent days.

He’s always cited safety – his team hoping voters will recognise and reward his prudence.

But there’s perhaps a more subtle strategy they’re also employing – let Mr Trump do the talking and make the mistakes, so Joe doesn’t have to.

His opponent would describe life in the former vice president’s hometown of Wilmington as suitably sleepy right now.

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