Clinton, Buttigieg among Democrats set to hold virtual events for Biden

Clinton, Buttigieg among Democrats set to hold virtual events for Biden
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A number of high-profile Democrats are set to hold events for the party's presidential candidate, Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump campaign emails supporters encouraging mask-wearing: 'We have nothing to lose' Cuba spells trouble for Bass's VP hopes Democrats want Biden to debate Trump despite risks MORE, in the coming weeks as the race against President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhite House sued over lack of sign language interpreters at coronavirus briefings Wife blames Trump, lack of masks for husband's coronavirus death in obit: 'May Karma find you all' Trump authorizes reduced funding for National Guard coronavirus response through 2020 MORE heats up. 

Former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump vows challenge to Nevada bill expanding mail-in voting Biden should pick the best person for the job — not the best woman Juan Williams: The Trump Show grows tired MORE is set to host a virtual reception for Biden on July 9, according to an email from a Biden delegate obtained by The Hill. 

A number of former 2020 Democratic contenders are also slated to hold events for the former vice president, including former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegFormer Indiana Gov. Joe Kernan dies How Republicans can embrace environmentalism and win In politics, as in baseball, it ain't over till it's over MORE on July 7; Andrew YangAndrew YangIs this the end of the 'college experience'? Biden campaign to take over 'Supernatural' star's Instagram for interview Hillicon Valley: Justice Department announces superseding indictment against WikiLeaks' Assange | Facebook ad boycott gains momentum | FBI sees spike in coronavirus-related cyber threats | Boston city government bans facial recognition technology MORE on July 17; and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeBeto O'Rourke calls Texas GOP 'a death cult' over coronavirus response Hegar, West to face off in bitter Texas Senate runoff Bellwether counties show trouble for Trump MORE (D-Texas) on June 29. 


Other political figures set to take part in the events include Sen. Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne BaldwinBiden: I'll have a running mate picked next week The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Divided GOP to unveil COVID-19 bill Biden strikes populist tone in blistering rebuke of Trump, Wall Street MORE (D-Wis.) on July 17 and former Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards on June 29.

Biden is also expected to be joined by celebrities, including "Star Wars" star Mark Hamill on June 30 and musician Willie Nelson on June 29. 

The announcement comes after former President Obama joined Biden for a fundraiser on Tuesday, raking in more than $11 million. Additionally, Obama made news during the event, referring to Trump as "shambolic" and "mean spirited."

"What we have seen over the last couple of years is a White House enabled by Republicans in Congress and a media structure that supports them that has not just differed in terms of policy but has gone at the very foundations of who we are and who we should be," Obama said. 

Biden leads Trump in a number of state and national level polls. The RealClearPolitics polling average shows Biden up 10.1 points. 

The fundraising contest has also ramped up between the two campaigns. Trump and the Republican National Committee (RNC) brought in a combined record $74 million in May, but still fell behind Biden and the Democratic National Committee's (DNC) combined haul of $81 million.

The president and the RNC had about $265 million cash on hand at the beginning of June, while the Biden campaign and the DNC had roughly $130 million.