The question ‘where is Joe Biden’ seems to have spurred him and his campaign into action as they turn to the General election and make nice but ignore Bernie Sanders….
Trump & Co. never let the virus crisis stop them from moving along with Trump’s re-election campaign…But a double standard may be applied to Biden’s efforts….
Trump and Republicans HAVE a TON of money that has NOT stop coming in….
Biden has no choice but to step up efforts now…
He cannot wait and let the HIUGE money advantage Trump and Republicans have get even larger…
It’s the new normal for Biden, whose fundraising has hit new roadblocks after sweeping victories in March’s primaries as Americans have turned their focus to the novel coronavirus pandemic and its economic fallout, his fundraisers say.
Some of Biden’s donors point to the decision by a number of states to postpone primaries to June 2 because of the virus as one way he has been robbed of opportunities to build momentum and grab headlines.
“We’re all concerned, now that the primary is June 2, and no momentous thing happening like winning major primaries . . . to give him a boost, both in terms of media attention and delegates, until June,” said Alan Kessler, a longtime Biden donor and bundler.
But some of his allies fret that, even before the pandemic, Biden was far behind President Trump, who has been raising money for the general election since 2017. They worry the current environment — which makes it impossible for Biden to hold intimate, in-person gatherings with wealthy donors, and in which Trump has much more visibility — may deepen his challenges.
Biden’s backers hope his name recognition and voter enthusiasm to oust Trump will ultimately make up for any financial setbacks — and, they point out, Republicans face the same hurdles in raising money while the coronavirus remains a threat. Supporters note that the anti-Trump sentiments will ultimately rally the party, and its donors, around the eventual nominee, and Biden has a delegate lead to challenge Trump in the fall.
He posted his strongest monthly fundraising record in February, and aides say the campaign raised $33 million in the first two weeks of March, when donors consolidated around his candidacy after most of the other Democrats dropped out of the presidential race.Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) remains in the race and has a narrow path to the nomination.
“Joe Biden is driving huge voter turnout during this primary season, which has translated to a significant delegate lead and a strong fundraising uptick,” said Biden campaign spokesman TJ Ducklo. “Americans are craving the kind of steady, competent and compassionate leadership right now that Vice President Biden has modeled his entire career, and we’re seeing enormous energy and enthusiasm across the country — financially and otherwise — to bring that kind of leadership back to the White House.”
But if he secures the nomination, he will face a well-funded foe in Trump. By the end of February, the latest data available, Trump, the Republican National Committee and joint fundraising committees had an eye-popping $225 million left to spend on the election, officials said. By the end of February, Biden had just $12 million left for his bid….