The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden seeks greater visibility during coronavirus crisis

The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden seeks greater visibility during coronavirus crisis
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We're Julia Manchester, Max Greenwood and Jonathan Easley. Here's what we're watching today on the campaign trail. 

 

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LEADING THE DAY: 

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden leads Trump by 6 points in national poll The Memo: Political world grapples with long coronavirus shutdown The Hill's Campaign Report: North Carolina emerges as key battleground for Senate control MORE appeared on ABC's "The View" on Tuesday, fielding questions on the coronavirus crisis and the presidential campaign. 

Biden said the "number one thing" he was most concerned about amid the crisis is the dissemination of misinformation about the virus. 

"Listen to the scientists. Listen to the doctors. Listen to what they have to say," he continued. "I would respectfully suggest that you should have Dr. [Anthony] Fauci on a lot more than the president or anyone who's not an expert like Fauci, laying out exactly what's going on." 

The vice president said that he did not want to get into a political fight with Trump over the crisis, but added he would correct him if he said anything untrue, 

"The American people don't want us in a political fight, and I want no part of a political fight either, but when the president says things that turn out not to be accurate, we should not say 'you're lying,' we should say 'Mr. President that's not the facts, here's the deal.'"

Biden, who has started giving daily briefings on the response to the virus, told "The View" that he starts each day with an hour-and-a-half briefing about the coronavirus from his team of medical experts, then an additional hour-and-a-half briefing with his economic team. 

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The former vice president also gave us a window into the selection process surrounding his vice presidential pick, saying he had a shortlist of potential female contenders

"There is a short list meaning somewhere between – there's about 12 and 15 women who I think would be qualified to be president tomorrow," Biden said. "I think we're going to narrow to 11," he added. "We're going to start vetting soon."

Biden revealed that he hasn't spoken directly with Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocratic senators call on domestic airlines to issue cash refunds for travelers Sanders still sees 'narrow path' to Democratic presidential nomination Tenants call on lawmakers to pass rent freezes MORE (I-Vt.), his rival for the Democratic primary, but said staffers from both campaigns had been in touch. He said that it was up to Sanders to decide when he wanted to drop out. 

--Julia Manchester 

 

READ MORE: 

Biden under pressure to step up coronavirus response, by Jonathan Easley and Amie Parnes

Biden: I'm most concerned about misinformation during coronavirus crisis, by Julia Manchester

Biden says he has 'short list' of potential women for VP pick, by Max Greenwood

Biden: I don't want to be in a political fight with Trump over coronavirus, by Julia

CNN's Tapper scolds Biden for not coughing into his elbow during live interview, by Joe Concha

Biden says Democratic convention should not be canceled amid pandemic, by Max Greenwood

Biden says he has not been tested for coronavirus: I've had 'no symptoms', by Rebecca Klar

 

FROM THE TRAIL:

 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpIllinois governor says state has gotten 10 percent of medical equipments it's requested Biden leads Trump by 6 points in national poll Tesla offers ventilators free of cost to hospitals, Musk says MORE's job approval rating has jumped by 5 points in the latest Gallup survey, matching the high point of his presidency, as a majority of voters say they have a positive view of how the president has handled the coronavirus pandemic.

It appears that Trump's handling of the coronavirus response is behind the approval rating bump. Sixty percent of voters overall said they approve of the job Trump is doing to address the epidemic, including 94 percent of Republicans, 60 percent of independents and 27 percent of Democrats. Jonathan Easley reports.

 

President Trump's campaign and Republican National Committee (RNC) are enacting a fully virtual outreach plan to speak with voters who are homebound due to the virus, NBC News reports.

 

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PERSPECTIVES: 

Matt Taibbi: Time for the government to crack down on Congressional insider trading

Detroit News: Democrats must end the politicking and pass the aid bill today

New York Times: Senate Republicans are to blame for the aid bill stalling

 

FROM CONGRESS AND THE STATES:

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Raffensperger announced Tuesday that the state will mail absentee ballot request forms to all of Georgia's nearly 7 million voters in an effort to encourage people to cast their ballots remotely amid the coronavirus pandemic. Jonathan Easley reports.

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The Congressional Hispanic Caucus's (CHC) campaign arm, Bold PAC, announced a slate of non-Hispanic House endorsements on Tuesday, including six Democratic challengers and six incumbents. The Hill's Rafael Bernal reports.

 

POLL WATCH:

MONMOUTH – GENERAL ELECTION

Biden: 48 percent

Trump: 45 percent

 

MORNING CONSULT – NATIONAL

Biden: 60 percent (+2)

Sanders: 36 percent (-1)

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

(Keep in mind these dates could change because of the outbreak.)

April 4:

Alaska Democratic primary (vote-by-mail)

Hawaii Democratic primary (vote-by-mail)

Wyoming Democratic caucuses (vote-by-mail)

 

April 7:

Wisconsin Democratic primary

 

April 26:

Puerto Rico Democratic primary

 

April 28:

New York primaries

 

ONE HOPEFUL THING

There are a lot of dark headlines this week as the nation grapples with the potential long-term effect of the coronavirus pandemic.

In an effort to highlight some of the positive developments, The Hill has pulled together a collection of stories that focus on the selfless acts individuals around the globe are performing in these difficult times.

From companies stepping up to provide critical health care products, to ordinary Americans finding inspiring ways to help those suffering in their own communities, here's a rundown of some of the ways that people are engaging in selfless acts around the world.

The Hill: How Americans are helping each other through the coronavirus