Joe Biden Virtual Events – ‘Ways We Can Get the Message Out During Pandemic

by June 26, 2020

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By Emily Larsen, Political Reporter

Joe Biden said that he is learning about ways to communicate with the masses, such as teleconferencing, while he self-isolates to combat the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

When asked why he is not streaming daily counterprogramming to President Trump’s White House briefings, Biden, 77, told reporters on a press call that his campaign is “in the process of setting up the mechanisms by which we can do that,” adding that is “above my paygrade.”

“They tell me there’s ways we can do teleconferencing via us all being in different locations,” the former vice president and likely Democratic presidential nominee said.

Biden’s campaign has struggled to stay relevant and implement new technology to talk to voters during the coronavirus pandemic. In his first “virtual town hall” last week, the feed of his speech was sometimes garbled or showed a black screen. Another virtual fundraiser scheduled for Thursday was postponed to next week, and, after a live-streamed address to the nation following primary victories on Tuesday, CNN commentators said that he needs better production values.

“I want to be in daily or at least significant contact with the American people and communicate what I would be doing and what I think we should be doing,” said Biden, a 36-year Delaware senator and a two-term vice president under President Barack Obama. “Everything from providing access to where I physically live and being able to broadcast from there, as well as our HQ, is underway. We’ve hired a professional team.”

“Hopefully, by Monday, we’re going to be in a very different place in terms of being able to be in communication with all of you,” Biden said. “I promise you’re going to be hearing more of me than you want, probably.”

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