There’s almost nothing President JOE BIDEN loves more than talking to voters. It’s where he’s at his most empathetic, if loquacious, best. Tuesday night’s CNN town hall in Milwaukee put Biden’s virtues and flaws on full display: There were genuine moments of reflection, a few policy reveals and meandering monologues without a clear point — leading to many apologies for talking too much (at least five according to our count).
Here are Playbook’s superlatives from the hour-plus event, Biden’s first with voters since he took office.
Quickest real-time backtrack: When Anderson Cooper asked when everyone who wants to be vaccinated would be, Biden answered: “By the end of July of this year.” That would be a fast timeline and a difficult promise to keep. Biden then clarified that the vaccines would be available to all by the end of July. Not the same thing.