Joe Biden has been noticeably absent from the campaign trail in recent days. So much so, that people are starting to ask why his campaign is keeping him hidden. Are they afraid he’ll say or do something stupid?
FOX News reports:
Where’s Joe? Biden’s campaign pace called into question
It’s been more than one week since Joe Biden held a public campaign event.
After launching his Democratic presidential campaign in late April, the former vice president came out of the gate with a busy schedule, holding events in all four of the states that kick off the primary and caucus calendar, as well as stops in California. And Biden started and closed that campaign swing with speeches in his native Pennsylvania, which is also a crucial general election battleground state.
But Biden hasn’t held a public campaign event since his large kickoff rally in Philadelphia on May 18. Since then, he’s only headlined a top-dollar fundraiser in Nashville, Tenn., and two more in Florida.
And while a bunch of his rivals for the 2020 Democratic nomination are stumping this holiday weekend, Biden’s off the trail.
“Joe Biden has no public events scheduled,” read a release from his campaign.
Biden and his wife Jill plan to return to the campaign trail on Tuesday after Memorial Day, when they will team up with American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten for a town hall in Houston.
Even very liberal news outlets are starting to ask questions.
This is from Vanity Fair:
IS THE BIDEN CAMPAIGN TRYING TO HIDE THE REAL JOE BIDEN?
By every standard measurement, Joe Biden is sitting pretty atop the 2020 Democratic dogpile, leading his closest competition (Bernie Sanders) by double digits in recent polls.
His popularity among Democrats is stratospheric, compared to more progressive rivals, and voters seem to think he has the best chance at beating Donald Trump in a general election. And yet, when it comes to less tangible metrics, such as Biden’s presence on the campaign trail, one begins to wonder if the top Democratic candidate isn’t hiding certain weaknesses.
As CNN observes in a new story, Biden has held only 11 campaign events and nine fund-raisers since he entered the race over a month ago. Compare that to Beto O’Rourke, who held 12 campaign events in his first two days alone.
As The Washington Post noted last week, Biden had no public events scheduled at all over the Memorial Day weekend, a holiday custom-made for political candidates to guzzle hot dogs and express their support for veterans. (His rivals made extensive use of the three-day weekend.)
You would think the Biden campaign would be smarter than this.
This same strategy was used by Hillary in 2016. It didn’t work out too well for her.