What IS still going on under the radar ?
The morning after the Democratic presidential debate, Biden announced support from 32 elected officials and leaders in the Super Tuesday state of Virginia.
The new endorsements “demonstrate the growing support for Biden in the Commonwealth,” his campaign said in a news release. The list of new supporters included elected officials at the state and local level, as well as community activists and leaders.
“If we’re serious about repairing the fabric of our communities and restoring opportunity in America, we need to start by electing leaders like Joe Biden who can unite us behind a common goal of propelling this country forward,” Virginia state Sen. Lynwood W. Lewis Jr. said in a statement highlighted by the Biden campaign.
The campaign said the new endorsements bring the total to more than 50 in Virginia and 1,400 across the United States…
Two debate participants — Biden and Warren — will get another shot at making their case to a national audience Thursday.
Both are scheduled to participate in hourlong CNN town halls broadcast live from Las Vegas, with Biden scheduled at 8 p.m. and Warren at 9 p.m.
Other Democratic hopefuls are fanning out across the West.
Bloomberg has a morning event in Salt Lake City. Buttigieg is heading to Los Angeles for a town hall and fundraising. And Klobuchar is off to Colorado for fundraising events.
Sanders has no public events on his schedule.
Many of Biden’s donors and fundraisers have grown increasingly anxious over Biden’s disappointing performance in Iowa and New Hampshire. Some have considered switching to Bloomberg as their moderate candidate of choice.
While Bloomberg is not raising money for his campaign, he has been recruiting donors and fundraisers to become “friend-raisers,” to lean on their influence to generate momentum for his candidacy.
Wednesday’s debate was a potential make-or-break moment for those on the fence. And as the former New York mayor struggled to defend his record on a range of issues, from his alleged treatment of women to his past donations to Republicans, some said they no longer believed Bloomberg was their next best option after Biden.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity to offer an unvarnished assessment of the candidates, one longtime fundraiser called Bloomberg’s performance “an unmitigated disaster.” Another responded when asked about Bloomberg’s performance: “Cannot read texts as I am packing to move to Canada.”
Rufus Gifford, one of the Democratic Party’s best-connected fundraisers, who is supporting Biden, projected confidence in the former vice president’s chances after the debate…
Warren took aim at her left and her right, describing Klobuchar and the race’s other moderates as having a “narrow vision” and Sanders as pitching a “revolution” that make Americans wary.
“Amy and Joe’s hearts are in the right place, but we can’t be so eager to be liked by Mitch McConnell. We forget how to fight the Republicans,” Warren added, referring to the Republican Senate majority leader.
Her comment was a dig at Klobuchar and Biden’s common refrain that they can and have worked with Republicans…..