As Biden decides on 2024, voters showing little enthusiasm for a possible White House run are not just a question of style, but also a question of substance.
When it comes to the presidential campaign, Joe Biden is the most likely Democratic candidate to make a run in 2020. His popularity among voters, whether they are Biden’s fans or not, has grown, in great part because Joe Biden has been fighting to turn his campaign into a movement.
In the aftermath of the 2016 election, Biden has worked to rebuild his political relationships, to build the infrastructure for a presidential campaign, to build his brand. He has been at the forefront of promoting his progressive platform, including a promise to decriminalize unauthorized border crossings, and to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
Since the Democratic convention last year, Biden’s campaign has gone through a series of “stretchout” events across the country, and a series of town halls, in which Biden has engaged voters on a variety of social and economic issues.
In September 2017, Biden spoke with students at Liberty University about issues facing the working class, which he described as the backbone of the Democratic Party. In August 2018, Biden spoke at the Unite the Right: Don’t Shoot Rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where many people who have been called white supremacists or neo-Nazis were at the rally. The rally turned violent after a man drove a car into counterprotesters, killing Heather Heyer.
Biden was at the forefront of an anti-fracking movement, and he pushed hard for the Green New Deal, which he signed into law in February 2019.
But most recently, Biden has focused on his work raising money, his presidential campaign website, and the launch of the Biden Victory Fund, a PAC, which will go toward building his political base in hopes of winning the White House in 2020.
”He is building a bigger and better organization,” Mike McSherry, a Democratic strategist and former Biden campaign adviser, said Wednesday on a radio show. “He is bringing in a team — he’s bringing on consultants and people that he worked with in 2016. They are in place. They’re bringing on new staff to fill out the operation and build the operation. That is the Biden process.”