The mass bath had to be discarded for safety in full pandemic and for consistency with the criticisms of the massive acts of Donald Trump, but the campaign Joe Biden He was preparing this Wednesday to deploy for the first time in person the jewel of his arsenal: Barack Obama.
A little over six months ago, the former Democratic president publicly gave his support to what was his number two. Since then it has actively participated in numerous Democratic campaign efforts for both the presidency and other races, but virtual. 13 days before the appointment with the polls, however, the advertisements, the podcasts, the meetings with young people on Twitch or Snapchat o go fundraising events. It’s time to step on the gas.
Despite the Biden’s considerable lead in national polls, the fight is very far from being determined in hinge states. One of the most momentous is Pennsylvania, with 20 votes in the electoral college and where the advantage in most of Biden’s polls is not greater than the margin of error. Obama won in 2008 and 2012, but Trump signed him up in 2016, the first Republican to do so since 1988.
Obama has chosen for his jump to the face-to-face arena Philadelphia, scene of a rally in a drive-thru in which the guests had to listen from their cars to a speech broadcast for the rest in ‘livestreaming’. And the general message with which he arrived was advanced by his adviser Eric Schultz: “to underline the historical stakes in this election, to emphasize the urgency of voting early, to discuss the importance of races that are not for the presidency and explain why Biden y Kamala Harris are better positioned to lead the country & rdquor ;. But the former president also arrived with a particular focus: speak to suburbs that passed to Trump in 2016 and, above all, to the black voters of the city, especially men, who did not vote in 2016.
Trump, to attack
Obama’s return has given wings to Trump to untie the political attacks to its predecessor. At rallies in recent days, including one on Tuesday in Erie, also in Pennsylvania, he has disqualified Obama whom he called “ineffective& rdquor; When it comes to campaigning, he has reproached him for political decisions made during his tenure as the agreement with Iran and has again accused him, without evidence, of spy on him, haranguing the songs of “to jail & rdquor; of his followers.
The target of the current occupant of the White House, however, is concentrated in Biden, with whom this Thursday he is measured in Nashville in the second and last debate, which comes preceded by great expectation as it is the last great opportunity of the two candidates to address the entire nation and also, like everything in this race, loaded with tension.
The embarrassing spectacle of the first debate has led the organizing committee to make the decision to silence the candidates’ microphones when the other is making the initial two minutes of response to each of the six issues raised. Trump has complained therefore, as of the moderadora Kristen Welker, which he has accused of being “totally partisan & rdquor ;, or of the themes that she has chosennational security, coronavirus, “american family & rdquor ;, race in America, leadership and climate change), stating the falsehood that it was supposed to focus exclusively on foreign policy.
For Trump, the debate will also be an opportunity to present to the general public the accusations that Hunter Biden, the son of the Democratic candidate, sold Ukraine and China access to his father when he was vice president. It is a theory that has not even managed to prove a Republican investigation in Congress but that has been resurrected in recent days, after the tabloid ‘New York Post’ published the contents of alleged mobile messages and emails from Hunter that he provided them Rudy Giuliani. He dilemma facing the former vice president, according to Democratic strategists, is how to answer. Some would like me to point to the nepotism Trump with his own family, but Biden has avoided it for now.