Opponents of former Vice President Joe Biden should have an easy time countering what appears to be the favored Democratic presidential candidate’s debate strategy.
After all, it was emailed to supporters of the candidate only hours ahead of Wednesday’s debate, the fifth such event for 2020 Democratic candidates, and shared on Twitter by The New York Times’ Shane Goldmacher.
The Biden fundraising victory lap, which was supposed to go out after the debate, begins with a disingenuous, “I’m leaving the fifth Democratic debate now.”
“I hope I made you proud out there,” the email says, “and I hope I made it clear to the world why our campaign is so important.”
Also: “We need more than plans” is in Biden’s post-debate messaging pic.twitter.com/lsLUSr0VPz
— Shane Goldmacher (@ShaneGoldmacher) November 20, 2019
An important bit almost hidden in the body of the email signals that the struggling candidate could come gunning for Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, a contender for the Democratic nomination who threatens to unseat the former vice president’s lead in the polls.
“We need leadership,” the email reads. “We need to be ready on day one to get the country back on track and clean up Donald Trump’s mess. But we need more than plans. We need the grit and resolve to get things done.”
This appeal for “more than plans” appears to be a direct shot at Warren’s campaign and supporters, for whom “Warren has a plan for that” has become something of an unofficial motto.
If Warren didn’t have a plan to attack Biden tonight, she might after this email.
The conflict between the two likely will determine who is the candidate to beat as Democrats choose who will go on to face President Donald Trump.
Now, Warren appears to have at least one major advantage hours ahead of Wednesday’s debate.
She’s not the only one, either.
The other candidates in the crowded fifth debate are Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey; South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg; Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii; Sen. Kamala Harris of California; Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota; Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont; businessman Tom Steyer; and entrepreneur Andrew Yang.
Judging from the email sent in error, other points Biden might bring up during the debate include bipartisan cooperation, affordable health care and environmental issues.
Thankfully, it doesn’t appear he’ll be showcasing his ignorance with firearms again.
For a candidate who has fought to shake the image of the out-of-touch and inept “Sleepy Joe” that Trump and others have placed on him, this email blunder sure doesn’t help.
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