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Where is Biden these days?

Courtney Jones examines Joe Biden's prospects of becoming the next president of USA in November.
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Where is Biden these days?

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Courtney Jones examines Joe Biden’s prospects of becoming the next president of USA in November.

With Bernie Sanders out of the race to become the Democrats nominee for the 2020 U.S. presidential election, Joe Biden is the presumptive nominee. There are mixed feelings, even within the Democratic Party, on what this could mean heading into November.

The more progressive wing of the Democratic Party feels scorned yet again by what has been termed, as they feel the party has conspired against Sanders, whose supporters feel is best suited to defeat Donald Trump. This may have been the case in 2016 when many American voters were looking for a leader who they saw as a political outsider, someone who they thought felt “tells it like it is” and was not self-interested.

They wanted someone they saw as honest, someone with whom what you see is, in fact, what you get. This may have been what drew Democrats to Sanders and Republicans to Trump.

Now, however, in these unprecedented and uncertain times, what many voters are craving is unity and stability, which might have been the source of Biden’s surge to the presumptive nomination.

While Trump has the opportunity to address the nation each and every single day during a national and global crisis, Biden is less fortunate.

There are two main questions those of us following the election will have now. The first question is who Biden will choose as his running mate. Biden has pledged to pick a woman as his running mate and CNN has compiled a list of top 10 women Biden could choose as his running mate, some of whom include Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren. The bigger question, however, is how Biden’s nomination will play out in November. Does he really have what it takes to defeat the incumbent president, Donald J. Trump?

Perhaps a more moderate candidate could be uniting and pick up some moderate Republican votes. Perhaps the left wing of the Democratic party is so angry that they may stay at home on November 3rd and not vote at all. 

Part of the problem is how to campaign amidst a global pandemic. Getting airtime in the media is important for any presidential hopeful, and while Trump has the opportunity to address the nation each and every single day during a national and global crisis, Biden is not quite so fortunate.

A recent article by Bloomberg suggests that the election will mostly be determined by how people feel about President Trump. According to Politico, Trump is not currently benefitting from the “rally around the flag phenomena” that is usually awarded to the incumbent in times of crises. Only time will tell if this will be of benefit to Biden.

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