Obama campaigns for Biden, warns against complacency

Henrietta Brewer
October 22, 2020

He reproached Obama for avoiding to originally back Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, in an apparent reference to the former United States president declining to endorse the ex-vice president in the 2020 Democratic primaries until there was a clear victor. Reflecting on The Atlantic's endorsement of Hillary Clinton in 2016, the piece says the magazine based their decision on Trump's "long and awful record as a human being" at the time, yet their argument, in retrospect, was "understated".

Pennsylvania remains one of the most hotly contested states in the U.S. presidential election.

"We deserve to have a President and to have a leadership in our country that understands the dignity of who we are and respects the dignity of who we are as a people, and guides our country, in a way that we can regain our standing and get closer to those ideals we hold", Harris said. "But it hasn't happened".

He hasn't shown any interest in doing the work or helping anybody but himself, Obama said.

Speaking on Wednesday at a drive-in rally in Philadelphia on behalf of Mr Biden, his former vice-president, and Democratic running mate Kamala Harris, Mr Obama offered his fiercest critique yet of his successor.

A Quinnipiac University poll of likely voters released on Wednesday gave Biden a 51-43 lead in Pennsylvania, which Trump won by a narrow margin in 2016.

Biden is a man of experience, maturity, and obvious humanity, but had the Republican Party put forward a credible candidate for president, we would have felt no compulsion to state a preference.

Biden, 77, had no public events on his schedule on Wednesday for the third day in a row, leading the 74-year-old Trump to accuse his Democratic opponent of going "into hiding".

"The percentage of voters who say Trump deserves re-election to a second term is down seven percentage points from Gallup's previous measure in January - a much different time in Trump's presidency, when confidence in the U.S. economy was high, the Senate was preparing to vote to keep Trump in office during his impeachment trial, and only a few cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed in the U.S.", Gallup wrote. With almost 280 vehicles spread throughout the lot, it was the largest event of its kind that the Biden campaign has staged during the pandemic. "We can not afford four more years of this, Philadelphia", Obama said, according to PTI.

African Americans voted in record numbers for Obama in 2008 and 2012 but their participation dropped off in 2016, a contributing factor to Trump's victory over Clinton.

The Biden campaign is hoping the star power of America's first Black president will help boost turnout among young voters and African Americans, who are key to Democratic hopes of recapturing the White House.

"One of the things I love about Joe Biden, he doesn't take on or talk about other people's kids", Harris said.

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