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 BidenProsecutor investigating whether Tara Reade gave false testimony as expert witness Poll: Biden leads Trump by 11 points nationally George Floyd's sister says Minneapolis officers should be charged with murder MORE will seize on President TrumpDonald John TrumpJustice says it will recommend Trump veto FISA bill Fauci: Nominating conventions may be able to go on as planned Poll: Biden leads Trump by 11 points nationally 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 SandersProgressives raise alarm over letting lobbying groups access PPP funds Loeffler runs ad tying Doug Collins to Pelosi, Sanders, Biden Hillicon Valley: Tech companies lead way on WFH forever | States and counties plead for cybersecurity assistance | Trump weighing anti-conservative bias panel MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenPress: Susan Rice would be ready to step in as POTUS Pentagon charts its own course on COVID-19, risking Trump's ire Warren to host high-dollar fundraiser for Biden 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.