Biden to tout Obama 'progressive' legacy, electability in debate

Biden to tout Obama 'progressive' legacy, electability in debate

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenOn The Money: Economists flabbergasted after Congress leaves with no deal | Markets rise as the economy struggles | Retail sales slow in July Congress exits with no deal, leaving economists flabbergasted Trump touts NYC police union endorsement: 'Pro-cop all the way' MORE will tie himself to former President Obama and tout his electability during Wednesday night's debate, according to senior Biden campaign officials.

"You're going to hear the vice president really make a case for the progressive success of the Obama administration, and the belief that it laid an important foundation for tackling the problems and the challenges that we're facing in the world today," a senior Biden campaign official said, referring specifically to the Affordable Care Act. 

Senior campaign officials also said they plan to highlight Biden's foreign policy experience. 


"We believe that Americans are looking for a leader, somebody who can put a steady hand on the wheel," the official said. "That's something that you'll hear him talk about in the context of foreign policy." 

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Energy: Major oil companies oppose Trump admin's methane rollback | Union files unfair labor practice charge against EPA USPS inspector general reviewing DeJoy's policy changes Former Obama speechwriter Favreau: 'Hilarious' some media outlets calling Harris a moderate MORE (D-Mass.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - The choice: Biden-Harris vs. Trump-Pence California Democrats back Yang after he expresses disappointment over initial DNC lineup Obamas, Clintons to headline Biden's nominating convention MORE have encroached on Biden's front-runner status, rising in a number of state and national polls. 

However, Biden campaign officials brushed off other candidates' recently growing popularity, arguing that Biden's numbers have remained the most consistent out of all the candidates throughout the campaign. 

Warren has become the race's progressive front-runner, most notably pushing for a "Medicare for All" system and a wealth tax. 

Biden's campaign has repeatedly criticized Warren's health care plan, and in turn, has pushed for building upon ObamaCare. 


"You have seen, frankly, from elections in Virginia, and I would even say elections in Louisiana, that running and building on the success of the Affordable Care Act of ObamaCare and not Medicare for All is how we win elections," another senior campaign official said.

Campaign officials also stressed Biden's electability, citing polls showing voters believing Biden is the best candidate to beat President TrumpDonald John TrumpUPS, FedEx shut down calls to handle mail-in ballots, warn of 'significant' problems: report Controversial GOP Georgia candidate attempts to distance from QAnon Trump orders TikTok parent company to sell US assets within 90 days MORE in a head-to-head match-up. They also pointed to polling showing that some supporters of other candidates believe Biden is the best chance to defeat Trump.

"Those are gettable voters for us to move in December, in January," a third official said.