Happy Earth Day everyone!
Just like the Presidential Election, COVID-19 has knocked us at the-Contenders off beat. We apologize for our lack of posts and updates in recent days. Now that Joe Biden is the presumptive nominee, the coalescing of the Democratic Party behind the Former Vice President has been impressive (more on that later). Just last week former Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren endorsed Biden for President – leading to speculation that she may be in the running to join the ticket as VP.
In the spirit of Earth Day Biden also received the endorsement of arguably the 2 most notable Climate Change minded politicians – Former Vice President Al Gore & Washington Governor Jay Inslee (former Contender for President).
Biden has been criticized by some for not capitalizing and appearing in the media as much as he can be. In actuality, we believe Biden is actually doing a good job given the circumstances. Most know that Biden has set up a studio in his Delaware home. Compared to the early stages of the campaign, Biden has been seen on popular Cable News and local television as of late. An interesting article by Former Representative Steve Israel in TheHill said, “He is focusing on battleground states with virtual town halls in Florida and Arizona, along with television interviews in media markets in Pennsylvania. Biden has paid attention across different demographics. He held a virtual briefing on young Americans and has made frequent appearances on the late shows that attract those key voters, such as “Quarantine Monologue” with Jimmy Kimmel, “The Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon, “Desus and Mero” on Showtime, as well as “The Late Late Show” with James Corden.” Biden has launched a new podcast during his Quarantine called “Here’s the Deal” and invites well-known guests to discuss – this week’s guest – Amy Klobuchar. He is also releasing many new policy plans and ads, especially this provocative Earth Day one:
Biden’s time in quarantine, and more notably, in interviews has expressed his frustration at the Trump administration -and more importantly – his decency and humanity amidst the ongoing crisis. Biden tells personal stories about those in his neighborhoods and the stories he hears every day.
Last week, Biden released this photo to show other notable democrats (and former Contenders) who have endorsed him: Beto O’Rourke, Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg, Mike Bloomberg, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Andrew Yang, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and President Obama. (Tom Steyer has also joined the list of former Contenders to endorse Biden).
Biden’s support among the most prominent figures comes much earlier than most would expect – and much earlier than former First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received in 2016 during her run for President. It seems, despite the lack of actual hand-shaking and rallies – that Biden is in good shape to unite the party.