WITH LESS THAN TWO weeks until Election Day, President Donald Trump is embarking on a manic campaign schedule to energize his supporters in key swing states and collect any last-minute undecideds.
Joe Biden, well, isn’t.
The contrasting styles in the closing days of the most nontraditional campaign in memory can be pegged to several variables: the coronavirus pandemic, polling numbers and early voting among them. But whichever candidate wins, the dueling strategies are sure to be analyzed and criticized for years to come.
A heavy travel slate with dozens of rallies expected to draw thousands of flag-waving, enthusiastically cheering GOP voters could work in Trump’s favor in terms of motivating some to the polls who perhaps were planning to sit out this election.
Biden, meanwhile, doesn’t have many plans to leave Delaware’s 314 area code. And Trump has been quick to highlight that difference.
“We can’t lock ourselves up in a basement like Joe does,” Trump said during the final presidential debate Thursday night. “He has this thing about living in a basement. People can’t do that. By the way, I, as the president, couldn’t do that. I’d love to put myself in the basement or in a beautiful room in the White House and go away for a year and a half until it disappears. I can’t do that.”
Some Democrats worry privately that Biden could be conjuring the 2016 campaign ghosts of Hillary Clinton’s past with a lackluster push to Nov. 3.
Clinton, who the polls had favored in the run-up to the election, was panned in the aftermath of what proved to be a stunning loss for not traveling to Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan and other important swing states under the assumption she had them neatly packaged in her win column.
And of course, Trump has notched wins before by casting opponents as low-energy: See Bush, Jeb.
To be sure, the former vice president is not abandoning the campaign trail. And as much as Trump would like voters to believe it, he’s also not in total isolation in his basement.
Over the last two weeks, Biden appealed to voters in Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio, among a handful of other states. Over the next two weeks, however, his plans as they stand include two stops in Pennsylvania this weekend…Read more>>