Democratic strategist Colin Rogero said Wednesday that Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Senate parliamentarian nixes Democrats' immigration plan Biden pushes back at Democrats on taxes MORE's presidential campaign needs to starting going on the offensive more against President TrumpDonald TrumpCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Netanyahu suggests Biden fell asleep in meeting with Israeli PM Aides try to keep Biden away from unscripted events or long interviews, book claims MORE.
"They are still in a largely defensive and do-no-harm place," Rogero told Hill.TV. He acknowledged the gaffes that Biden has been prone to make when speaking publicly, but says that the campaign has to be OK with letting him speak out.
Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the Biden campaign has gone entirely virtual, mostly limiting the presumptive Democratic nominee's appearances to remote TV interviews and digital fundraisers.
The "stay in the basement" strategy has worked so far, with Biden seeing widening leads over Trump nationally and in key swing states.
Rogero said, however, that it's "dangerous" for a political campaign just to play defense.
Biden, Rogero asserted, needs to show his face and let voters know what he's about, saying that many Americans only know him as a former vice president.
"When you're the VP, you are the support role to the president," he said. "Now he's top of the ticket. He's the man and people need to know who the man."