Every poll has him in the lead. He’s got top dollar fundraisers every week lined up. But the political shop is lagging in the planning and execution of rallies and building enthusiasm.
In April, Joe Biden announced he was running on the Democratic ticket in hopes of taking on President Donald Trump in 2020.
Biden’s last public campaign event was a little more than a week ago (May 18). So we must ask ourselves: where are the crowds of supporters, energetic unions, and surrogates waiting to get into his events?
Politico reported that Biden’s launch rally numbers were low in comparison to Democratic rivals. And in his first Iowa visit Biden “didn’t match the crowds that greeted Elizabeth Warren or even the less well-known Pete Buttigieg.”
Biden’s campaign team is smart to keep events to smaller venues where there is less of a chance for the media to report on the truth: that there are empty seats. Or even worse, that there is clearly a lack of excitement and enthusiasm for the established politician.
Many of the other 2020 candidates spent the holiday weekend stumping and meeting voters across the country, but Biden took the weekend out.
Fox reported that there were “No public events scheduled,” according to a release from Biden’s campaign communications shop for the long weekend.
On Tuesday Biden plans to hit the campaign trail hard with a town hall gathering in Houston with his wife and the Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten.
BIDEN’S BIGGEST CHALLENGE, TRUMP
Should Biden secure the nomination it’s no secret that Biden’s biggest hurdle will not be fundraising or rallies — it will be taking on Trump in the general in a time when the nation’s economy and unemployment is not in turmoil. Not to mention the Muller report did not produce the type of results and collusion they were hoping for.
Instead, Biden will have to find something else to sway moderate voters, females, and rural America.
A recent report showed an uptick in support for Trump among female donors. Women accounted for almost half of the 2020 campaign’s contribution for January – March (quarter one) of 2019. In comparison to 2016, that’s a monumental increase (women accounted for a quarter of campaign contributions).
The Republican National Committee Chairwoman, Ronna McDaniel noted that Trump had “more female donors than any Democratic candidate….”
While donations do not translate into voters, there is clearly growing supporting in the president’s corner.
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.