Joe Biden 2020

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  1. Elections

    Biden leads Trump in new polls despite coronavirus approval bounce

    Three new polls conducted over the past week show a lag between Trump's approval rating and his vote share against the top Democratic candidate.

    Three polls released over the last week show Joe Biden leading President Donald Trump among voters nationwide, despite the uptick in Trump’s approval rating as his administration confronts the coronavirus outbreak engulfing the U.S.

    Biden’s lead is far from secure, given the tumultuous situation gripping the country and Trump’s 2016 advantage in the Electoral College. The latest result, in an ABC News/Washington Post poll released Sunday, shows Biden with just a 2-point lead over Trump, 49 percent to 47 percent — well within the survey’s margin of error.

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    Trump camp targets Obama’s Ebola czar

    Ron Klain’s sharp criticism of the president’s coronavirus response has put a bulls-eye on his back.


    Joe Biden has had limited success with his live-from-Wilmington coronavirus briefings. His longtime adviser, Ron Klain, is a different story.

    The nation’s former Ebola czar recently cut a video for the Biden campaign making an animated case against Donald Trump’s handling of the contagion — a white board presentation that racked up 4.4 million views on Twitter alone.

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    Biden mounts behind-the-scenes mission to win over wary progressives

    His aides are moving deliberately to address his biggest liability: An enthusiasm deficit among the liberal base, especially young voters.

    Joe Biden’s campaign is mounting an aggressive behind-the-scenes effort to address the biggest weakness of his candidacy: A lack of enthusiasm among the liberal base, particularly young voters.

    Since his landslide victories earlier this month, Biden’s advisers have engaged in talks with a range of top progressive groups, including some that endorsed his chief rival, Bernie Sanders, according to multiple sources familiar with the conversations. The outreach to left-wing organizations and individuals — representing causes from climate change and immigrant rights to gun control and mobilizing underserved black and brown communities — is focused on young activists. Broadly speaking, they viewed Biden as one of the least-inspiring candidates in the sprawling Democratic primary field.

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    Inside Joe Biden’s bizarre coronavirus bunker

    Nearly everything in his campaign has been turned upside down, from fundraising to how (or even whether) to attack Trump.

    The Biden campaign has been studying the ’18 midterms.

    No, not the ones two years ago when Democrats took over the House by aggressively recruiting moderates and sweeping swing districts across the country, a precursor to Biden’s own centrist strategy in the Democratic presidential primaries this year.

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    Trumpworld unloads on GOP ally as coronavirus attacks mount

    "Where the hell is the president’s air cover?" said one ally upset over the silence of a super PAC aligned with Trump.

    Donald Trump is getting hammered by millions of dollars in Democratic campaign ads depicting his response to the coronavirus as negligent and inept.

    But the main super PAC backing his reelection has been silent in response — and Trump’s political advisers are not happy about it.

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  6. 2020 Elections

    ‘He is still in’: Bernie could remain in race through June

    The Democratic primary calendar, reshaped by the coronavirus crisis, offers some incentive for Sanders to continue on.

    Since his staff announced last week that he is reassessing his campaign, Bernie Sanders has not yet definitively said whether he is still running.

    But he’s given every indication he’s pressing forward — and perhaps remaining in the presidential race for months to come.

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    ‘Bernie has a real decision to make’: Labor throws in with Biden

    The March 17 primary election results spurred several unions to act.

    First came the National Education Association. Then the United Food and Commercial Workers. The American Federation of Teachers came next, and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees followed.

    Joe Biden has racked up endorsements from four of the largest — and most politically influential — unions in the past 10 days, a show of force that has bolstered his standing as the de facto Democratic nominee for president and dealt a serious blow to Bernie Sanders’ flickering hopes.

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  8. Coronavirus

    'He should stop talking': Biden implores Trump to listen to his scientists

    Biden repeatedly implored his would-be rival to heed the advice of his coronavirus task force.

    Former Vice President Joe Biden slammed Donald Trump over the president’s declaration he wants to restart the economy in a matter of weeks — over objections from health experts — advising Trump to “just stop talking.”

    In a series of cable news hits Tuesday afternoon from a makeshift studio in his Delaware home’s basement, Biden, who appears likely to become the Democratic nominee for president, repeatedly implored his would-be rival to heed the advice of his coronavirus task force and keep social distancing efforts in place to "flatten the curve" of individuals infected by the virus.

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    Biden goes in search of a bully pulpit

    His home studio in Delaware isn’t much of a platform for projecting leadership in the coronavirus crisis.


    Joe Biden doesn’t occupy a political office, isn’t a great orator and is basically stuck in his house.

    It’s not much of a platform for projecting leadership during the coronavirus crisis.

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  10. 2020 Elections

    DNC insists its convention is on — but many Democrats aren't buying it

    “It is full speed ahead until a staffer yells ‘Iceberg,’” said one committee member who believes that time is likely coming.

    The Democratic National Committee insists its July convention is going forward as planned — even as Democrats across the country are increasingly skeptical it will happen.

    “There are no plans to cancel the convention and we are not considering a rules change at this time,” Xochitl Hinojosa, the DNC’s communications director, said Monday after news reports that the party is in the process of devising backup plans. “Contingency planning is a routine part of preparations for any convention.”

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    Biden to Trump: Start acting like ‘a wartime president’

    The former veep held his first coronavirus shadow briefing.

    Joe Biden delivered his first shadow briefing on the coronavirus Monday, faulting President Trump for giving false information about the pandemic, not taking it seriously enough and not moving faster.

    “Trump keeps saying that he’s a wartime president. Well, start to act like one,” Biden said, drawing attention to his own coronavirus response plan. “To paraphrase a frustrated President Lincoln writing to an inactive General McClellan during the Civil War, ‘if you don't want to use the army, may I borrow it?’”

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  12. 2020 Elections

    Sanders wins Democrats Abroad primary

    The Vermont senator will get nine delegates and Joe Biden will get four.

    Bernie Sanders has won the Democrats Abroad primary, netting a handful of delegates but doing little damage to Joe Biden’s big lead.

    Sanders won 58 percent of the vote, which included just under 40,000 Americans living abroad, and Sanders will be awarded nine delegates to the national convention over the summer, according to the release from Democrats Abroad. Biden won 23 percent of the vote and will take home four delegates.

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  13. Elections

    Biden to begin vetting VP shortlist ‘in a matter of weeks’

    The Democratic frontrunner has consulted with Obama on his VP pick.


    Joe Biden has a shortlist of more than six women to be his running mate and will start the vetting process “in a matter of weeks,” he said Sunday during a call with donors.

    Biden, who indicated he had consulted with his former boss, President Barack Obama, didn’t mention any names. But he said nothing to dispel the speculation that he’s considering the three senators who ran against him for president — Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren.

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  14. 2020 Elections

    American Federation of Teachers endorses Biden for president

    The announcement means Biden has the nod from the nation’s two largest teachers unions.

    The 1.7-million member American Federation of Teachers union said Sunday it is backing former Vice President Joe Biden for president, coalescing support from educators while the nation’s presidential campaign reels from the novel coronavirus pandemic.

    The announcement means Biden has the nod from the nation’s two largest teachers unions. The 3-million member National Education Association, the nation’s largest union overall, endorsed him last week.

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  15. 2020 elections

    'He just needs more of everything': Biden campaign faces retool after primary surge

    Newly filed campaign finance reports show how Biden's campaign lagged behind rivals until he caught fire after the South Carolina primary.

    Before the three weeks that miraculously brought Joe Biden to the cusp of the Democratic presidential nomination, his campaign was limping along — and Biden knows it.

    “The press kept saying Biden has no money, and they were right,” the former vice president said during Sunday’s Democratic debate with Bernie Sanders. “Biden had no money.”

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  16. 2020 elections

    ‘There’s no playbook for this’: Biden trapped in campaign limbo

    Despite a series of smashing victories, the ex-veep is struggling to move forward.

    Joe Biden reached a new and heady milestone when he shellacked Bernie Sanders in Florida, Illinois and Arizona to become the de facto Democratic nominee for president.

    But there was no soaring speech to acknowledge the moment. He never took the stage amid a sea of Biden signs or before an adoring crowd on national television. Biden was instead stuck in a makeshift studio in his Delaware home, webcasting his remarks with a low-quality personal computer camera against a straight-out-of-YouTube black backdrop and two American flags.

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    Biden plans shadow coronavirus briefings

    The ex-veep said they’re necessary to address false and misleading statements from the president.

    Joe Biden is planning a regular shadow briefing on coronavirus to start as early as Monday to show how he would handle the crisis and address what he calls the lies and failures of President Trump.

    Biden gave a preview of what’s to come in a conference call with reporters Friday, where he listed a litany of false and misleading statements from Trump, who has been holding regular White House press conferences concerning coronavirus preparedness and response that have been broadcast live on all major networks.

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  18. 2020 elections

    Biden lands food workers' endorsement

    The United Food and Commercial Workers union said Biden is best equipped to help guide vulnerable service workers through the coronavirus crisis.

    The 1.3-million member United Food and Commercial Workers union endorsed Joe Biden today, giving the former vice president another boost as he seeks to finish off the candidacy of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

    The union’s endorsement came after Biden this week swept primaries in Arizona, Florida and Illinois. In a written statement to POLITICO, UFCW President Marc Perrone said Biden is best equipped to help guide vulnerable service workers through the coronavirus crisis.

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    'It can be catastrophic': Coronavirus tanks campaign fundraising

    Campaigns and organizations are already feeling the pinch from the economic freeze and social distancing brought on by the pandemic.

    Coronavirus is starting to drain money from the expensive world of political campaigning.

    Campaigns across the country have canceled face-to-face fundraisers for the foreseeable future and are scrambling to figure out how to raise enough money to stay solvent. Big donors' stock portfolios are tanking. And small-dollar, online contributors — who have never been more important to campaigns — are facing sudden financial uncertainty and the real possibility of unemployment.

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