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Biden senior adviser: 'We know that we have work to do' to gain Latino support

Biden senior adviser: 'We know that we have work to do' to gain Latino support
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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s senior adviser Symone SandersSymone SandersSunday shows preview: CDC school reopening guidance stirs debate; Texas battles winter freeze White House says teacher vaccinations not required for schools to reopen CNN's John Berman chides White House aide on reopening schools: 'Not a trick question' MORE said Sunday that the campaign is aware it has “work to do” to gain support from Latino voters. 

On ABC’s “This Week,” George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosBrooke Baldwin to leave CNN Fauci: Stimulus bill needs to be passed for schools to reopen Coons blames McConnell for Trump acquittal: We needed 'more Republican courage' MORE questioned Sanders about “relatively weaker” support numbers for Biden among Latino voters in Nevada and Florida and asked whether the campaign planned to follow Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHouse Democrats pass sweeping .9T COVID-19 relief bill with minimum wage hike House set for tight vote on COVID-19 relief package On The Money: Democrats scramble to save minimum wage hike | Personal incomes rise, inflation stays low after stimulus burst MORE’s (I-Vt.) suggestions for stronger outreach to Latino, younger and progressive voters.  

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“Well, George, look, we know that we have work to do,” she responded. “And we have said from the beginning — and Vice President BidenJoe BidenNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors Biden celebrates vaccine approval but warns 'current improvement could reverse' MORE has been very clear about this, as has Sen. [Kamala] Harris [D-Calif.] — that we are really working to earn every single vote in this country, and we want to earn the votes of the Latino, Hispanic community.”

Symone Sanders said the Biden campaign is “doing the work” to earn Latino voters, citing Harris’s events in Florida and virtual events in Arizona last week and the former vice president’s upcoming trip to Florida next week. 

“We’re committed to doing the work,” she said. “We’ve made a historic investment in our Latino and Hispanic paid media program, more than any presidential candidate ever.”

The campaign adviser also said the Latino and Hispanic paid media program launched on June 19 and meets “voters where they are.” 

Democrats have expressed concerns about polls that show Biden’s support among Latinos behind Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMedia circles wagons for conspiracy theorist Neera Tanden The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Senate ref axes minimum wage, House votes today on relief bill Democratic strategists start women-run media consulting firm MORE’s levels in 2016, fearing that the lack of support could cost him Florida and the White House. 

A Quinnipiac University poll determined that Biden was behind President TrumpDonald TrumpNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 MORE in Hispanic support in Florida — 43 percent to 45 percent. The Latino outreach firm Equis Research found Biden ahead of Trump among Latino voters by smaller margins than Clinton in 2016. 

“There’s really no good answer here if you’re the Biden campaign,” one Florida Democratic operative told The Hill last week. “At this stage in the campaign, he should not be getting these numbers against the most anti-Hispanic president in history.”