Say It Ain’t Joe

Joe Biden and His Campaign News

  • Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has committed to choosing a woman as his running mate, but an Obama family confidante tells The Hill there’s “no chance” that woman will be Michelle Obama.
  • Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said on Tuesday she had not had any conversation with presumed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden about being his running mate in the 2020 election.
  • The 400,000-member United Auto Workers union endorsed Joe Biden’s U.S. presidential bid on Tuesday, giving the Democrat a potential boost in his efforts to win over working-class voters in states that will decide the Nov. 3 election.
  • Joe Biden’s campaign leadership is clashing over the future of its digital operation — a rift that comes as campaigning has moved largely online and as Biden faces a yawning deficit against President Donald Trump’s massive digital operation.

The disagreement among Biden’s top advisers centers on whether to hire most of its digital team internally or to rely on the firm Hawkfish, which is backed financially by billionaire Mike Bloomberg and ran the digital operation for his presidential campaign.

  • Over 50 scientists, including prominent climate experts, released an open letter endorsing Joe Biden just ahead of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

“We are confident that, unlike President Trump, Joe Biden will respect, collaborate with, and listen to leaders in the scientific community and public health experts to confront the existential climate crisis and other environmental threats,” the letter states. “Biden’s plan to address climate change leads with science and facts and pledges U.S. leadership on climate action,” it states.

  • Joe Biden is allowing Sen. Bernie Sanders to keep the delegates his presidential campaign has won thus far as the former vice president makes an unusual move to avoid dividing the Democratic Party’s base. Normally, Sanders would be forced to forfeit a third of the delegates he’s garnered to Biden under a strict interpretation of Democratic Party rules, but behind the scenes negotiations as a gesture of goodwill from Biden suggest Sanders will keep some.
  • “I wish he would stop talking and let the scientists speak. I don’t walk out of this house without a mask on,” Joe Biden said on-air, swiping at President Trump for refusing to wear a face mask despite CDC recommendations to use them in public to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

“When I get off this , I’m picking up a mask on the table there because there are people running this TV apparatus down here,” he continued. “We have an obligation. We have an obligation to be responsible. It’s a little like saying you have a right to drive your automobile, but you can’t go 90 miles an hour. Well guess what, why can’t you go? Because people get killed.”

  • Joe Biden’s presidential campaign is laying out its messaging campaign against President Trump over the White House’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, which has forced itself to the center stage of the 2020 race.

“Donald Trump hasn’t taken responsibility for fighting coronavirus, or for the mistakes he has made in failing to do so. He ignored the warnings from health experts, from his own advisers, and from Joe Biden. He squandered precious time during which he should have been preparing. The result: America is seeing the worst death toll from the coronavirus of any country, and precipitous loss of jobs,” wrote Kate Bedingfield, Biden’s deputy campaign manager.

  • Former Vice President Al Gore endorsed Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Wednesday, adding to the growing circle of prominent Democrats throwing their support behind him as the party works to coalesce before the general election.

Mr. Gore announced his support in a tweet shortly before appearing, virtually, with Mr. Biden for a town hall-style Earth Day event. His endorsement followed one earlier in the day from Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington, who ran a climate-focused campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.

  • In an Earth Day Tweet, Joe Biden said:

 “The climate emergency requires our urgent action. As president, I will:

– Ensure we achieve a 100% clean energy economy and net-zero emissions by 2050

– Rejoin the #ParisAgreement and rally the world to go further

– Make the largest-ever investment in clean energy”

  • Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Thursday predicted President Donald Trump will try to delay the 2020 presidential election in a ploy to snag a reelection victory.

“Mark my words, I think he is gonna try to kick back the election somehow, come up with some rationale why it can’t be held,” Biden said, according to a pool report of an online campaign event. “That’s the only way he thinks he can possibly win.”

Sources:  ABC News, CBS News, CNN, Fox News,The Hill, NBC News, NY Times, Politico, Reuters, Washington Post

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