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Biden to seize on impeachment vote, electability in Democratic debate

Biden to seize on impeachment vote, electability in Democratic debate
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LOS ANGELES — Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGiuliani goes off on Fox Business host after she compares him to Christopher Steele Trump looks to shore up support in Nebraska Jeff Daniels narrates new Biden campaign ad for Michigan MORE will seize on President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani goes off on Fox Business host after she compares him to Christopher Steele Trump looks to shore up support in Nebraska NYT: Trump had 7 million in debt mostly tied to Chicago project forgiven MORE’s impeachment when he takes the debate stage here on Thursday, using the historic House vote to bolster his case against the president.

In a briefing with reporters at a hotel in Los Angeles’s upscale Westwood neighborhood, senior officials on Biden’s campaign said the former vice president will use the debate to speak “directly to the American people” about his strategy to take on Trump in 2020. 

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They also dismissed the notion that Biden could use the debate to more aggressively challenge his rivals for the Democratic nomination, saying that it would be “a mistake” to do so in the shadow of Wednesday’s vote in the House to impeach Trump. 

“Vice President Biden is going to spend this evening focused on his case against Donald Trump,” one senior campaign official said. “He believes it would be a mistake for Democratic candidates to spend three hours attacking each other tonight.”

The senior official said Biden was also prepared to “push back on the notion that it is somehow naive or unattainable to believe that we can unite this country, that we can get things done.”

“That’s the case he’s obviously been making since he came into the race,” the official said. “It’s one he feels very strongly about and you’ll hear that tonight — a really forceful case for his belief that the president has a responsibility to unite the country.”

That argument could put him at odds with some of his rivals, such as Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersIntercept bureau chief says congressional progressives looking to become stronger force in 2021 Obama book excerpt: 'Hard to deny my overconfidence' during early health care discussions Americans have a choice: Socialized medicine or health care freedom MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Defense: Dems want hearing on DOD role on coronavirus vaccine | US and India sign data-sharing pact | American citizen kidnapped in Niger Conservative operatives Wohl, Burkman charged in Ohio over false robocalls Senate Democrats want hearing on Pentagon vaccine effort MORE (D-Mass.), who have argued that a Democratic president should not expect unity or cooperation from Republicans if Trump is defeated in 2020. 

“He’s here to make his case why he’s the candidate that can unify the country,” the senior official said.