There’s been a lot of coverage today, so we’ll try and pick through some of what we think you’ll find most interesting.
Campaign operations location TBD – Paperwork filed with the Federal Election Campaign shows Biden’s campaign is technically registered in Washington, DC (he is running as an insider after all).
Sources we spoke with today said they had heard there “may be some presence in Wilmington” but that major operations would be based in Philadelphia. Of course, many of Biden’s key advisors are based in DC and the old days of hundreds of people sitting around a big office doing phone banking are long gone.
President Trump greets Joe with raspberries – At 8:22 a.m. POTUS tweeted: “Welcome to the race Sleepy Joe. I only hope you have the intelligence, long in doubt, to wage a successful primary campaign. It will be nasty — you will be dealing with people who truly have some very sick & demented ideas. But if you make it, I will see you at the Starting Gate!”
Biden team includes old names and new (and one who already gave to Mayor Pete) – According to Politico, campaign leadership includes:
Greg Schultz: campaign manager … Kate Bedingfield: deputy campaign manager and communications director …Pete Kavanaugh: deputy campaign manager … Anthony Bernal: deputy campaign manager and chief of staff to Jill Biden …Symone Sanders: senior adviser … Cristóbal Alex: senior adviser … Brandon English: senior adviser … Daniel McCarthy: COO and CFO … Dana Remus: general counsel … Erin Wilson: national political director … Vanessa Cardenas: national coalitions director … Michelle Kwan: surrogates director … Kurt Bagley: national organizing director …Katie Petrelius: national finance director …PJ Alamp: director of digital content … Becca Siegel: chief analytics officer … Ashley Williams: trip director … Kate Berner: deputy communications director for messaging … Meghan Hays: deputy communications director for strategic planning …Bill Russo: deputy communications director for press … Jamal Brown: national press secretary …TJ Ducklo: national press secretary … Remi Yamamoto: traveling national press secretary … Sherice Perry: communications director for Jill Biden … Andrew Bates: director of rapid response … Kamau Marshall: director of strategic communications.
The twenty-five-year-old senior advisor Symone Sanders is the guilty party who gave to Buttigieg – $250 in March.
Joe gets in as the frontrunner – Being in front in a presidential primary is a new experience for Biden. There are plenty of examples where people have gone the distance – Ronald Reagan in ’80, VP George HW Bush in ’88 and his son George W. Bush in 2000 come to mind; Hillary Clinton and Al Gore never really broke sweats in getting their party’s nominations in 2016 and 2000, and Trump himself never lost the lead once he got it, but he didn’t start there.
But many front runners don’t fare so well – remember who the D favorite in 1988 was? Not Mike Dukakis (Gary Hart?) 2008? It wasn’t Barack Obama. But Joe is roundly viewed on both the R and D side as a formidable and strong (Ralph Reed) – if not the most formidable – candidate to face Trump in November 2020, the guy who can most likely pick off Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin etc., etc.
Coverage of the rollout has been mixed – Media commentary on Biden’s announcement has been cool, with a few knocking the video-only kickoff, some focusing on process squabbles inside his campaign and others saying Obama won’t be endorsing his former running mate anytime soon. Some snarky observers even nitpicked his logo as an Obama knockoff.
It’s also been noted that Biden starts his campaign with $0 in the bank, and he’ll need to hustle to catch up with fundraising machines like socialist Bernie Sanders and Beto O’Rourke.
What’s next – Biden goes to Pittsburgh for a rally on Monday, April 29. No other public events are scheduled until May 18 when Joe will do a major rally/kickoff in Philadelphia that will broadcast into locations across the country including several venues in New Hampshire, Iowa, Nevada and …. New Castle, Delaware.