The 2020 presidential election is shaping up to be one for the history books thanks to the inordinate amount of democratic candidates and their penchant for cannibalizing their own party.
There are now 24, yes, twenty four, democrats vying to be the party’s candidate come next November, all hellbent on dethroning the presumptive republican nominee Donald Trump. Sure, Trump may have to fend off a primary bid by former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld, but the prevailing belief is that Weld’s challenge is purely symbolic.
Among these two dozen democrats, only about one-sixth of the field seem to be gaining any traction with the liberal base, and one man in particularly is pulling away in the polls: Former Vice President Joe Biden.
Biden isn’t immune to criticism, however, as we’ve seen so far during his limited speaking engagements and slow-poke campaign schedule.
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Joe Biden found himself mocked over the weekend for his corny effort to tie himself to former President Barack Obama, while also coming under criticism from other presidential candidates for skipping the biggest Iowa campaign event of the cycle so far.
On Saturday, the former vice president marked “Best Friends Day” by posting a tweet memorializing his bond with Obama. He shared a picture of an interlocking friendship bracelet with both their names, under the caption: “Happy #BestFriendsDay to my friend, @BarackObama.”
Some Democrats were baffled. David Axelrod, Obama’s former senior adviser, responded, “This is a joke, right?”
Biden famously asked Barack Obama not to endorse him at the start of his campaign, hoping to make waves on his own. It looks as thought that strategy has shifted.
This wasn’t the only complaint the the former VP faced this week, however.
Meanwhile over the weekend, Biden, unlike 19 other Democratic candidates running for president, missed out on the Iowa Democratic Party Hall of Fame dinner on Sunday — something at least one rival used to openly criticize him.
“When I saw the program for today, I thought the same thing you all did, which is this: Joe Biden must really not like to travel,” said entrepreneur Andrew Yang, a Democratic candidate.
Biden’s campaign pace has come under scrutiny before. But it turns out Biden, who is scheduled to return to Iowa on Tuesday, tweeted that he was attending his granddaughter’s graduation at Sidwell Friends – the same school attended by Obama’s daughters, Sasha and Malia.
Biden’s tortoise-like pace has many democrats wondering if his advanced age is playing a factor – a suspicion enhanced by President Donald Trump’s nickname for the democrat, “Sleepy Joe Biden”.
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