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3 Big Problems That Emerged on Biden’s First Day in the 2020 Race

Biden best buckle up because the road to the Democratic presidential nomination is going to be rocky.

By NTK Staff | 04.26.2019 @9:18am
3 Big Problems That Emerged on Biden’s First Day in the 2020 Race

After months of private deliberations, former Vice President Joe Biden entered the 2020 presidential race on Thursday and immediately solidified his position as the frontrunner. Biden’s 6AM announcement video, which focused mostly on President Trump, was widely praised and his retail campaign stops in Delaware with mostly without incident.

But Biden’s opening day on the 2020 campaign trail was not entirely without incident, according to the Huffington Post. Three separate but important news items emerged that, if left untreated, could turn into problematic themes for the former vice president.

1. Anita Hill

Anita Hill, the law professor who testified in 1991 against the Supreme Court nomination of Clarence Thomas, told the New York Times she received a phone call apology from Biden for his handling of the committee hearing. Hill alleged that Thomas sexually harassed her, and many criticized how those hearings, which Biden chaired at the time, were handled. Hill said she was unsatisfied with Biden’s phone call.

“I cannot be satisfied by simply saying I’m sorry for what happened to you,” Hill told the Times. “I will be satisfied when I know there is real change and real accountability and real purpose. … He needs to give an apology to the other women and to the American public because we know now how deeply disappointed Americans around the country were about what they saw. And not just women.”

In light of the #MeToo movement, Biden knew he had to put this issue behind him. But it’s clear from Hill’s remarks that he didn’t handle the situation very well. Here’s how CNN characterized the news:

Thursday’s first mystery was why Biden’s campaign had not somehow passed word of his contact with Hill ahead of his first day on the trail, to ensure it didn’t overshadow his big moment. The second mystery was why, in the more than two decades that have passed since 1991, Biden waited until the run-up to his presidential bid to make the call.

And after reaching out to Hill, the decision to apparently not offer her an explicit apology in a way that could help him get past the long-simmering controversy will also come under scrutiny.

2. Fundraising Issues

Many of the Democrats running in the 2020 presidential primary have promised not to accept money from lobbyists and corporate PACs. Biden counts himself among those Democrats, but on Day 1 of his campaign, he showed he’s also willing to bend the rules a bit. Comcast executive David L. Cohen hosted a fundraiser for Biden in Philadelphia Thursday evening, an event attended by numerous members of the Pennsylvania congressional delegation, as well as by former Gov. Ed Rendell and former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter.

The problem? Cohen heads Comcast’s lobbying arm and numerous lobbyists were in attendance. That fact did not go unnoticed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who sent out a fundraising appeal based on Biden’s lobbyist fundraiser:

“It’s a big day in the Democratic primary and we’re hoping to end it strong. Not with a fundraiser in the home of a corporate lobbyist, but with an overwhelming number of individual donations in response to today’s news. Contribute before midnight. It would mean A LOT to our campaign.”

3. Struggling to Connect to Young, Far-Left Liberals

While Biden’s campaign launch video focused primarily on the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, the former veep did not address a series of issues that are very important to the liberal wing of the party: Medicare for All and the Green New Deal, among others. Those are the policies and ideas exciting the party’s youth and liberal wings, and Biden will need to figure out a way not just address the blue-collar workers who defected for Trump in 2016 but also the disaffected members of his own party who were unhappy with Hillary Clinton’s approach four years ago.

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