The Joe Biden campaign has been standing on the sidelines for months, as the Trump campaign has been mobilizing and talking to potential voters face-to-face.
Suddenly, the Biden campaign is struggling to make up for this lost opportunity. They’re putting people on the ground in key states.
Do they have some horrible internal polling? Is it already too late?
The Associated Press reports:
After pandemic delay, Biden launching in-person canvassing
After months of avoiding direct contact with voters because of the pandemic, Joe Biden’s campaign is about to launch door-to-door canvassing across several battleground states.
The decision comes amid growing concern from Democratic officials on the ground in key states who fear that Biden has been giving a significant advantage to President Donald Trump and his Republican allies, who have been aggressively courting voters at their doorsteps for months. The reversal also reflects a sense of rising urgency as polls tighten just a month before Election Day.
Biden’s campaign, which detailed the new effort to The Associated Press, insists that its existing phone and online voter outreach is effective. The new plans will build upon what’s already in place, not replace it.
“Our voter contact operation is the most innovative and technologically advanced of any presidential campaign in history, and it has been thriving in this unprecedented environment,” Biden campaign manager Jenn O’Malley Dillon said.
“We’re now expanding on our strategy in a targeted way that puts the safety of communities first and foremost and helps us mobilize voters who are harder to reach by phone now that we’re in the final stretch — and now that Americans are fully dialed-in and ready to make their voices heard.”
What’s the reason for the sudden change in strategy?
WHAT CHANGED? After Mocking Trump Rallies, Biden to ‘Launch In-Person Canvassing’ in Swing States https://t.co/3EWr8P6TdN
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) October 1, 2020
In the past 24 hours, Biden campaign:
✅Embraced large crowds of supporters with no social-distancing.
✅Announced plans for in-person canvassing door-to-door.
They attacked @TeamTrump for these activities, calling it dangerous.
Million dollar question: what has changed?!
— Andrew Clark (@AndrewHClark) October 1, 2020
Two months ago, BIDEN's campaign attacked TRUMP's for door-to-door canvassing, asserting it was "risking the lives of their staff, the lives of voters, & risking becoming a super spreader organization."
Now, Biden is launching door-to-door canvassing. https://t.co/FYRzv2Pl82
— Kenneth P. Vogel (@kenvogel) October 1, 2020
The obvious reason for this would be that they are worried about their numbers. Why else would they do it?