President Trump’s hospitalization has returned the coronavirus to the forefront of the presidential campaign, as he and Democrat Joe Biden promoted their dramatically divergent views Tuesday on how to handle the deadly pandemic and how to approach the presidency.

In the face of polls that showed a hardening of the presidential contest in Biden’s favor and suggested broadening paths to victory for the former vice president, Trump stuck with a months-old message that has found wide support among his loyalists but has turned off other voters he needs to secure a second term.

Even as a coronavirus outbreak extended deeper into his White House staff, Trump continued to play down its deadly nature and, while currently infectious, vowed to attend next week’s second debate with Biden. Defying medical experts, he also insisted the seasonal flu was far more dangerous, and he tweeted he was “FEELING GREAT!”

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