2020 presidential hopeful Joe Biden was mocked over the weekend as he tried to tie himself to former President Barack Obama. This weekend Biden faced serious criticism for skipping the biggest Iowa campaign event so far.
Biden continued to try to tie himself to Obama by posting a “Best Friends” tweet. He shared the tweet with a photo of a friendship bracelet with both their names on it. David Axelrod, Obama’s former senior adviser, tweeted back, “This is a joke right?”
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) June 9, 2019
The bracelet was a BuzzFeed news playful video from 2016 that was meant to encourage individuals to register to vote. While the video might have been playful Biden’s alliance Obama is seriously needed because Obama is still popular among African American voters and Democrats in general. While on the campaign trail Biden has continued to refer to himself as an “Obama-Biden Democrat.” Obama has refused to endorse Biden in the 2020 race.
According to Fox, Biden’s absence from Iowa this weekend was because he and his wife attended his granddaughter graduate.
“Biden’s absence from Iowa over the weekend comes as a new Des Moines Register poll of likely Democratic caucus-goers in Iowa showed Biden’s lead slipping in the crucial state. The poll showed a virtual tie for second place among Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg.”
Biden can’t seem to catch a break these last few weeks. Last week, Biden reversed his position on the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits the use of federal dollars for abortion.
RECENT POLL NUMBERS
IOWA: DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS
(Among Democratic caucus voters statewide)
Joe Biden: 24 percent
Bernie Sanders: 16 percent
Elizabeth Warren: 15 percent
Pete Buttigieg: 14 percent
Kamala Harris: 7 percent
Beto O’Rourke: 2 percent
Amy Klobuchar: 2 percent
Candidates with 1 percent or less not listed.
Marissa Martinez is a political contributor for Accuracy in Media. She is the former political director to Massachusetts Governor’s re-election campaign, alumna of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and political consultant to PACs. Follow her stories, @MarissaAlisa.