Joe Biden has no immediate plans to resume his campaign in person during a pandemic that tests whether a candidate can win a presidential election and can communicate almost exclusively from home.
Biden’s virtual campaign from Wilmington, Delaware contrasts with that of President Donald Trump, who plans to tour despite warnings from public health experts about the spread of the coronavirus. It also highlights how Biden, the alleged Democratic nominee, will lead a campaign that worries some members of his party about a virtual model still in development that has not reached enough voters.
For now, Biden and his aides are dismissing the anxiety of the Democrats and the ridicule of the Republicans, who argue that the 77-year-old man is “hiding in his basement.”RELATED
“Voters don’t care where you record from,” campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon told The Associated Press. “What they care about is what it says and how we relate to them.”
Biden was more diplomatic in assessing the situation on Tuesday.
“The idea that we are harmed in any way by following the rules and following the instructions that doctors have put forward is absolutely strange,” he told ABC’s “Good Morning America” program.
O’Malley Dillon took the reins of the Biden campaign in mid-March, just as the coronavirus closings began. He recently beefed up the campaign’s digital and financial teams and said that, in the coming weeks, he will feature its directors for the most contested states. He also mentioned incipient “alliances” that include the party’s national program for contested states.
But those measures have not avoided criticism from renowned Democrats, including the architects of President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, who questioned Biden’s digital prowess and his ability to promote the mail ballots that might be necessary to win during the pandemic.
Obama’s allies, David Plouffe and David Axelrod, wrote in a recent editorial in The New York Times that the study at Biden’s home looks like “an astronaut being teleported back to earth from the International Space Station.” They encouraged Biden to use more platforms from Facebook and Twitter, to Snapchat, Instagram and TikTok.
Similarly, Lis Smith, the media strategist in Pete Buttigieg’s 2020 campaign, promoted the virtues of local media and of using celebrities more on other platforms.
Yvette Simpson, who heads the progressive group Democracy for America, said she is “very concerned” about not being able to see “how we are going to involve people.” He added that the campaign has wasted time since Biden took control of the primaries in early March.
Republican House Leader Leader Jim Clyburn, a close friend of Biden’s and whose support helped spur his series of primary wins, said he is “very concerned” that Democrats are forging a participatory operation. that achieves a balance between voting in person and absent.
However, Clyburn emphasized that it is not for Biden to worry about the details.
“Your job is to be the candidate,” said Clyburn.
To some extent, the pessimism reflects the Democrats’ desperation to beat Trump, who has a clear early lead in fundraising and organizing – and the reality that Biden grew out of a chaotic primary campaign and must now catch up.