Progressive journalist says Biden support based on 'hot air'

Journalist Emma Vigeland said on Thursday that former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump commutes Roger Stone's sentence Hillicon Valley: Facebook considers political ad ban | Senators raise concerns over civil rights audit | Amazon reverses on telling workers to delete TikTok House Democrat warns about 'inaccurate' polls: Trump voters 'fundamentally undercounted' MORE’s strong support is based on “hot air” and nostalgia stemming from his time in the Obama administration.

“I would argue that Biden’s support is kind of based on hot air and nostalgia about the Obama administration and the return to normalcy,” Vigeland, a correspondent and producer at the left-leaning The Young Turks, told Hill.TV.

“But once voices start to get heard, I think that’s going to matter a lot less,” she continued.

Biden's campaign did not immediately reply to a request for comment from The Hill.

Vigeland noted Biden and fellow Democratic contender Bernie SandersBernie SandersTrump glosses over virus surge during Florida trip The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Fauci says focus should be on pausing reopenings rather than reverting to shutdowns; WHO director pleads for international unity in pandemic response Ex-Sanders aide says Biden unity task forces need to go farther MORE (I-Vt.) are already neck-and-neck in key swing states like Iowa. 

“The fact that Biden and Bernie Sanders are pretty much tied in Iowa, which is the state that’s going to start the dominos falling, I think that kind of speaks to what I’m talking about,” she said.

According to a new poll conducted by Iowa Starting Line/Change Research poll, Sanders and Biden were tied at 24 percent among the Democratic voters in the state.

Biden, however, is still the primary field’s frontrunner, topping nearly every national poll since he announced his White House bid in April.

The former vice president also boasts millions in campaign donations. Within the first 24 hours of launching his presidency, his campaign announced that he raised $6.3 million — the most out of any of his Democratic opponents.

—Tess Bonn