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Biden taps Obama alums for high-level campaign positions: report

Biden taps Obama alums for high-level campaign positions: report
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Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenHarris says she has 'not yet' spoken to Pence Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year Obama: Republican Party members believe 'white males are victims' MORE in recent weeks has added a handful of campaign aides who worked in the White House during the Obama administration.

The campaign brought on four former staffers who worked under Obama confidant Valerie JarrettValerie June JarrettRichmond says new pandemic relief bill should be passed before Christmas Progressive group Justice Democrats criticizes Biden appointments Richmond chides Trump administration on transition, officially announces new role in Biden WH MORE, Axios reported Tuesday. Three of the four joined the campaign in late May as senior advisers, while the other joined the former vice president's transition team late this month.

All four new hires are people of color, underscoring the Biden campaign's effort to inject more diversity into its upper ranks.

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"By lifting up these particular individuals, he’s giving the rest of us a window into who’s going to help run the show in the White House, and I think that’s engendering more confidence in him," one Obama administration alum told Axios.

Former President Obama has become more active in the campaign, appearing in an online fundraiser with Biden on June 23. The event was viewed by 175,000 donors and generated more than $7.6 million.

Recent polls, including one from Fox News, show Biden widening his lead nationally over President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSAID administrator tests positive for COVID-19 Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year DOJ appeals ruling preventing it from replacing Trump in E. Jean Carroll defamation lawsuit MORE, who is also trailing the former vice president in several battleground states.