Between the lines: Biden also acknowledged the coronavirus has overshadowed coverage of the race and given President Trump an opportunity to dominate messaging via his task force briefings.

“I got a lot of people who are supporters getting very worried,” Biden said. “‘Where’s Joe? Where’s Joe? The president’s every day holding these long press conferences.’”

“For a while there, I kept getting calls — people saying, ‘Joe, the president’s numbers are going way up and he’s every day on the news. What are you going to do about it?’”

“You can’t compete with a president. That’s the ultimate bully pulpit,” Biden said, but added, “Those numbers aren’t going up anymore” because “the things he’s saying are turning out not to be accurate and people are getting very upset by it.”