ISSUES DRIVING THE VOTE:
President Trump is racing to slash drug prices in the waning weeks of the campaign, finalizing a plan to let states import medicines from Canada and directly appealing to senior voters with $200 discount cards to help them defray their out-of-pocket costs.
The moves reflect a polling deficit with Democratic rival Joseph R. Biden and slipping support among seniors after efforts to pass more durable measures through legislation died out and the coronavirus upended Washington.
In some ways, Mr. Trump remains a man stuck between bold promises and the orthodoxy of his party.
The president says he’s taking the fight to drug companies, but Democrats say it’s a slew of half-measures compared to the tough negotiation he promised in 2016. He backed a bipartisan drug-pricing bill in the Senate, but aspects of the legislation split the Republican caucus and it never received a vote.
“The pharmaceutical lobby remains very strong and has a long-term relationship