Joe Biden on Monday launched his all new podcast titled “Here’s the Deal” in a desperate push to emerge from the shadows as the coronavirus coverage has virtually made people forget all about him.
At a time crucial to his campaign, Biden has for the most part become an afterthought. The former VP has apparently been working from home and said to his followers, “I’m sitting here in Wilmington, Delaware, and it’s a scary time. A lot of people out there are confused. Things are changing every day, every hour. So I wanted to have this conversation with you.”
Biden explained that the reasoning behind the podcast was “so we can keep talking with each other. We can’t hold rallies anymore. We’re not gathering in large public spaces. We’re living in the new normal. But I want you to know that I’m with you. I’m on your side. We’re gonna get through this together as a country.”
And Biden added that “the second reason is I think this podcast could offer some really helpful information.”
A recently released ABC News / Washington Post poll tells a troubling story for Biden however, and his silly podcast might not even come close to changing that. The poll shows that although Biden has a slight lead over Trump, his supporters don’t necessarily care for him too much.
53 percent of Trump supporters say they’re “very enthusiastic” about supporting the president, while only 24 percent of those backing Biden say the same about supporting the former vice president.
Even worse for Biden, 15 percent of Democrats and Democrat-leaning independents who back Vermont Sen. Sanders even say they’d support Trump over Biden in the general election.
President Trump’s daily White House briefings on the coronavirus crisis that are carried live on all the major news networks have created a media vacuum and Biden is suffering. Joe has struggled to increase his media profile that was instantly erased two weeks ago as the coronavirus outbreak wiped the White House race from the headlines and froze the Democratic nomination battle in place.
This, just as Biden was looking well-positioned to secure the nomination itself. Without any formal current post in government, Biden has no direct role in combating the crisis and has been overshadowed both by Trump’s daily briefings as well as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s media rise the past two weeks.
The former vice president’s first podcast guest was his former chief of staff, Ron Klain, who also steered the Obama administration’s efforts in battling the Ebola crisis. The two used part of the 21-minute podcast, which was recorded last week, to critique how Trump should be handling the federal government’s response to the pandemic.
Biden stressed that, “I’m determined that this should not be political. This is not about partisan politics. It’s about how rapidly we can put in motion the initiatives that are going to save people’s lives and get us through this process.”
Keeping in line with his forgetful tendencies, Biden then proceeded to attack the president, urging him not to “resort to fear mongering and also baseless downplaying or lying about the situation. The president needs to be honest, needs to follow the science, needs to be transparent with the American people. And we need information for people, not to scare them, but to get people to pull together, because that’s how we’re going to beat this.”
Earlier on Monday Trump took a swipe at his likely 2020 rival Joe Biden, suggesting that Cuomo would make for a better Democratic presidential nominee.
“If Sleepy Joe was president, he wouldn’t even know what’s going on,” Trump said.