The theory of lanes in a presidential primary is somewhat overwrought. The idea that more liberal candidates like Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) are competing for a defined, more liberal universe of voters, while former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) are competing for moderate voters doesn’t always break down so neatly. And the fact that we have about 20 serious Democratic candidates now renders the traditional lane calculus even less applicable.
But with his campaign launch Thursday, Biden seems to be plopping himself down in a lane that other 2020 Democrats have somewhat neglected: The this-is-all-about-Trump lane.
From start to finish, Biden’s announcement video is about Trump and preventing his presidency from being prolonged beyond 2020. Biden starts by noting that Charlottesville, was both home to the author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, and to the deadly white supremacist rally in 2017. Trump drew criticism after the rally for saying there were good people “on both sides.”
On the eve of announcing his presidential bid, former Vice President Joe Biden raised the alarm about fundraising in a Wednesday conference call with top donors and supporters.
“The money’s important. We’re going to be judged by what we can do in the first 24 hours, the first week,” Biden told the group, according to one participant, whose recollections of the quotes were confirmed by two others on the call.
“People think Iowa and New Hampshire are the first test,” Biden said. “It’s not. The first 24 hours. That’s the first test. Those [early states] are way down the road. We’ve got to get through this first.”
Biden — noting that “I hate to do this” in discussing the fundraising — said he would be flying around the country for fundraisers with the participants but urged them to do what they can as soon as possible.
“Do what you can right now,” Biden said.
The former vice president is expected to announce his presidential run in a video to be released Thursday.
On the call, an upbeat Biden said his candidacy was a calling, a duty — and that it’s not just Democrats or Americans who want him to run to stop President Donald Trump….
“Joe is going to do a lot better than a lot of people think,” said Korge, Hillary Clinton’s top bundler in 2016. “There’s broad support from him in our party, just look at the polling.”
In addition, he said, Biden can count on some residual goodwill from President Barack Obama’s former donors who feel a sense of loyalty to his former vice president…..
A progressive Democratic group isn’t happy with Joe Biden getting into the race…..
Justice Democrats, a top progressive group that has seen its sway within the Democratic Party rise in recent months, hammered former Vice President Joe Biden after his presidential campaign launch on Thursday.
The group, which has buoyed high-profile lawmakers like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), slammed Biden as a relic of the Democratic Party’s “old guard” who opposes policies favored by the progressive base.
“The old guard of the Democratic Party failed to stop Trump, and they can’t be counted on to lead the fight against his divide-and-conquer politics today. The party needs new leadership with a bold vision capable of energizing voters in the Democratic base who stayed home in 2016,” the group said in a statement…..
Obama sings Biden’s praise , but holds off an endorsement just as he did when Hillary ran in 2016….
President Obama showered praise on Joe Biden Thursday after the former vice president launched his 2020 bid for the White House but stopped short of endorsing 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,” Katie Hill, a spokesperson for Obama, said in a statement.
“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.”
Trying to differentiate himself from the crowded pool of Democrats that is tacking left, Biden is appealing to those in the center by running as an “Obama-Biden Democrat.”
Obama doesn’t intend to endorse any of the candidates during the primary because he believes his battle for the 2008 nomination made him a better candidate and president, Bloomberg News reported, citing a source close to Obama.
In the 2016 election, Obama held off endorsing Hillary Clinton, who served as his secretary of state for four years, until June after she had secured enough delegates to be the nominee….