Joe Biden officially announced his bid for president Thursday, marking the third White House campaign of his lengthy political career but the first in which he enters as a frontrunner. The former vice president and longtime Delaware senator joins a historically diverse field of first-time presidential candidates who reflect the party’s yearning for fresh faces and women and candidates of color — a paradox that the 76-year-old white Washington insider is hoping to reconcile through his association with a Democratic president beloved by the party base: Barack Obama.Story Continued Below Biden announced his intentions in a video posted at 6 a.m. on social media in which he accused President Trump of using a “moral equivalence” by failing to distinguish between white supremacists who protested at Charlottesville in 2017 and the demonstrators who opposed them in what became a violent clash that claimed a woman’s life. “In that moment, I knew the threat to … [Read more...] about Joe Biden dives into 2020 race
MINERAL, Va. — The Mueller report may be consuming Washington — but it barely registers for vulnerable Democrats meeting voters outside the Beltway. In a half-dozen town halls from California to Connecticut this week, swing district Democrats fielded few — if any — questions about special counsel Robert Mueller’s nearly two-year probe, even as it threatens to dominate the party’s summer agenda.Story Continued Below No one, for example, asked Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) about Mueller’s report during a town hall here this week at a high school auditorium in her central Virginia district. The former CIA spy acknowledged in an interview that some people are still digesting the 448-page report, but added that it’s proof that “what’s in the news constantly” shouldn’t drive Democrats’ focus. “In the big spectrum of everything, people are still deeply concerned about prescription drug prices,” … [Read more...] about Vulnerable Dems find refuge outside Mueller-obsessed Beltway
Joe Biden and Barack Obama got off to a rocky start in 2007, but they found their way to a mutual respect and good working relationship for the next eight years. Obama showed his appreciation at the end of their second term by rewarding Biden with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award. When Biden tells friendly crowds inside stories about their relationship, the former vice president goes out of his way to refer to the former president as “Barack” to personalize their connection and accentuate their warm familiarity.Story Continued Below “I'm an Obama-Biden Democrat, man. And I'm proud of it,” Biden told reporters earlier this month. Yet despite a legitimate claim to be the standard-bearer of Obama’s legacy, Biden faces a fundamental challenge as he seeks his party’s nomination for the White House: Convincing the diverse and youthful coalition that elected Obama to two terms that a 76-year-old white man is the right … [Read more...] about Joe Biden is running as Obama’s heir. The problem: He’s not Obama.
2020 elections Symone Sanders, a prominent Democratic communications strategist who has joined former Vice President Joe Biden's 2020 presidential campaign as a senior adviser, donated $250 to Pete Buttigieg in March, Federal Election Commission filings show. The donation to Buttigieg's Pete for America committee was sent when the South Bend, Ind., mayor was in the exploratory phase of his presidential campaign and came a month before Biden announced his candidacy. Story Continued Below Biden's campaign said Thursday, hours after he announced his candidacy, that Sanders would serve as a senior adviser. Biden's campaign declined to comment on the donation, and Sanders did not respond to inquiries. Biden and Buttigieg in some ways have similar appeal to voters in the Democratic primary. Both aim to rally Midwestern voters and appeal to more moderate voters in the region. Sanders in 2016 was the lead spokeswoman for Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign. The Vermont lawmaker … [Read more...] about New Biden senior adviser Sanders donated to Buttigieg in March
2020 Elections Former President Barack Obama offered some warm words for Joe Biden on Thursday after his vice president officially jumped into the 2020 race, but notably did not endorse him. “President Obama has long said that selecting Joe Biden as his running mate in 2008 was one of the best decisions he ever made,” Obama spokeswoman Katie Hill said. “He relied on the vice president’s knowledge, insight and judgment throughout both campaigns and the entire presidency. The two forged a special bond over the last 10 years and remain close today.”Story Continued Below The cryptic message signals that Obama is likely to follow the precedent he set in 2016, when he did not endorse any candidate during the primary despite his former secretary of State’s presence in the race. But the former president largely has stayed out of the 2020 primary as the sprawling field of candidates continues to grow, with Biden becoming the 20th Democrat to throw his hat … [Read more...] about Obama breaks primary silence to praise Biden but stops short of endorsement