On a zoom call with Virginia Democrats over the weekend Biden surrogate Terry McAuliffe disagreed with calls to get the candidate out of his basement studio. Instead, he said Biden is doing fine by appearing infrequently in the national media.
“People say all the time, ‘Oh, we got to get the vice president out of the basement,'” McAuliffe told the “monthly breakfast” of the Norfolk City Democratic Committee. “He’s fine in the basement. Two people see him a day: his two body people. That’s it. Let Trump keep doing what Trump’s doing.”…
“It’s hard for the vice president to break through,” McAuliffe told the group. “You’ve got the COVID crisis. He’s not a governor, doesn’t have the National Guard. He’s not the president, doesn’t have the briefing room. He needs to come out strategically. And when he says something like he did on race relations two days ago, it needs to have a big impact — thoughtful, and that’s what we’re preferring that he actually do at the time.”
“He’s doing a lot of local,” McAuliffe added. “He’s talking to two, three governors a day. He’s doing roundtables, Zoom calls. A lot of it’s being done in those six battleground states that we have going forward.”
Based on some recent polling, McAuliffe is not wrong. Biden does seem to be doing better by staying mostly out of sight. Two months ago, New York Magazine suggested some ways in which Biden might improve upon the podcast he was doing at the time. Here’s what I wrote: