Biden’s campaign announced on Tuesday that the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee will hold a virtual roundtable on Thursday afternoon in Jacksonville with a pair of Democrats: Rep. Al Lawson and Florida Senate Minority Leader Audrey Gibson. That will be followed a few hours later with a virtual rally in Tampa.
Deputy national press secretary Matt Hill tweeted that Biden’s “getting back on the campaign trail in key states — VIRTUALLY!”
Due to social distancing restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, traditional in-person campaigning -- such are rallies, town halls, and fundraisers -- are currently out of the picture.
For a quarter-century, Florida’s been the nation’s most populous general election battleground state. Barack Obama captured the state by razor-thin margins in 2008 and 2012, with Trump narrowly winning the state’s 29 electoral votes four years ago.
The announcement by the Biden campaign came a day after two of the political masterminds behind Barack Obama’s historic 2008 presidential election victory urged Biden to beef up his digital game and be more aggressive in taking the fight to Trump amid the unique 2020 political circumstances transformed by the coronavirus pandemic.
David Axelrod – who was the senior strategist for Obama’s 2008 campaign and 2012 reelection – and 2008 campaign manager David Plouffe in an opinion piece in the New York Times also urged the candidate to break out of the “Biden in the basement” setting from his TV studio in the basement of his Delaware home.