PoliticsBiden campaign says Iowa is not a must-win state
Biden gets 'personal' in new TV ad in Iowa focused on health care
The minute-long ad draws on his personal experiences after a 1972 car accident took the lives of his wife and daughter, as well as his late son Beau's diagnosis with brain cancer. "Health care is personal to me. Obamacare is personal to me. When I see the President try to tear it down and others propose to replace it and start over, that's personal to me too," the former vice president says in the video.
Joe Biden’s campaign on Tuesday said Iowa is not a must-win state on the former vice president’s path to the Democratic presidential nomination and signaled that the campaign is already “ramping up” its Super Tuesday efforts.
“Do I think we have to win Iowa? No,” a senior adviser told campaign reporters Tuesday in a background briefing. The adviser said Iowa, which holds the first nominating contest in the nation, will be “critical.”
“We think we’re going to win. We think it’s going to be a dogfight. … But we think there are several candidates in this field, there’s probably three or four, that are going to go awhile.”
Joe Biden mixes up New Hampshire with ‘scenic beautiful’ Vermont on campaign trail
Joe Biden confused New Hampshire and “scenic beautiful” Vermont on the campaign trail in his latest verbal slip-up. The Democratic presidential front-runner apparently got the New England neighbors mixed up as he pressed the flesh in Keene, N.H. “What’s not to love about Vermont in terms of the beauty of it? I mean this is sort of a scenic, beautiful town,” Biden told reporters. Seconds earlier, the 76-year-old former vice president dismissed concerns about his age. “If they’re concerned, don’t vote for me,” Biden said. Keene is only about 10 miles from the Vermont state line.
Specifically, Biden’s campaign mentioned Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, California Sen. Kamala Harris, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana.
Biden advisers have said they’ve laid the groundwork in early voting states but “are now ramping up for Super Tuesday and beyond,” and they have no expectation other top-tier candidates will leave the race after the first contests.
“We feel we are going to be in a very dominant spot,” after the first four early states, another adviser said.
Still, the campaign downplayed expectations in first-in-the-nation Iowa as well as in the first primary state, New Hampshire, which borders the home states of Warren and Sanders.
Biden campaign lowers expectations in both Iowa and New Hampshire
Joe Biden’s presidential campaign seemed to downplay the importance of winning the typically crucial nominating contests.
“As you all know, historically, there’s an incredible home field advantage for a Massachusetts candidate or a New Englander,” an adviser said.
Campaign advisers underscored Biden’s lead in the polls and argued he holds the “broadest reach” of the competitors in the 2020 field, and they repeatedly emphasized how he leads with whites, blacks and Hispanics.
Advisers also said that, looking beyond the four early nominating states and the Super Tuesday contests, Biden has the best chance of winning Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan in the general election. An adviser then mentioned that the nation’s biggest swing state, Florida, is “always in the mix” and then mused about chances of winning in Arizona, Georgia and North Carolina, only to add Texas as more of an afterthought.
Campaign advisers sounded a defensive note about news coverage of Biden’s misstatements and gaffes as well as the “complete nonsense” of the 76-year-old Biden being out of step with the party. Instead, an adviser noted, Biden has the broadest multiracial base of support and that he’s most in line with Democratic voters, despite the carping heard on social media.
“The Democratic Party is not Twitter,” the adviser said.
Biden pledges 'absolute wall' between job, family business.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said Wednesday that in all his decades in public office, he has never talked to any family members about their private business dealings. And he promises "an absolute wall" between government and his family's financial interests should he be elected president. Biden's remarks follow scrutiny and Republican criticism of the business activities of his son Hunter and his brother James. Politico reported earlier this year that Hunter and James Biden sometimes tried to leverage Joe Biden's political ties to attract investors for a hedge fund.
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