Joe Biden will not hold campaign rallies
On Tuesday, Democratic nominee Joe Biden held a news conference for the first time in three months where he announced that he won’t be holding campaign rallies going forward due to the coronavirus.
“I’m going to follow the doc’s orders. Not just for me but for the country. And that means I’m not going to be holding rallies,” said Biden.
The former vice president said that his campaign is reaching millions of people digitally but that he would still much rather be campaigning in person.
“I’d much rather be out there with people because that’s where I get the greatest feel. I can get a sense by the look in their eyes,” said Biden. “We’ve probably reached more people directly through virtual campaigning. The irony is I think we’re probably communicating directly in detail with more people than we would have otherwise. But I’d much rather do it in person.”
Biden says that during the in-person events he’s held the past month, everyone has been social distancing. Safety measures were in place Tuesday during his press conference with reporters sitting in taped off circles six feet apart from each other.
“Everybody has masks on. Soon as I finish saying something, I put my mask back on … I have traveled, but when I do, I get in, make my case, and take questions and leave.”
The 77-year old Biden was questioned on President Donald Trump’s claims that he is losing his mental sharpness. He said he can hardly wait to debate Trump this fall and compare his mental capabilities against the president.
Biden has been campaigning almost exclusively online, holding virtual events from his home in Delaware. Recently, he has ventured out to hold a dozen or so small events and speeches mostly in Delaware or the Northeast.
Tuesday’s press conference comes as most national polling shows Biden taking a lead over Trump. Biden says it’s still too early.
“I don’t want to jinx myself. I know the polling data is very good. But I think it’s really early. It’s much too early to make any judgment. I think we have a whole lot more work to do,” he said.
Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh spoke just before Biden’s press conference started.
“Biden can’t stand the bright lights of scrutiny. Every time he ventures out from his basement, he makes some grave error that his campaign has to deal with for several days that follow.”
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