Joe Biden is running for president in 2020, but so far, it’s a stealth campaign.
Candidates for the White House are routinely dying for media coverage. They’ll show up anywhere at any time just for a little TV exposure.
But Biden has all but disappeared. Throughout the three-day Memorial Day weekend, Biden didn’t make a single appearance. He didn’t join in the festivities by marching in a Memorial Day parade, he didn’t meet with troops, he didn’t visit a military cemetery or stop by the war memorials in Washington, D.C.
He didn’t do anything — except post a tweet.
“Every #MemorialDay, Jill and I remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service of our nation. Our troops are the heart, soul, & spine of America—may we never fail to honor the memory of those who have fallen and ensure their spirit lives on in both our words and deeds,” Biden wrote on Twitter.
Meanwhile, many of the other 23 Democrats running for the party’s nomination were in early primary states over the holiday weekend. Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, (I-VT) hit New Hampshire to meet with voters. “I do want to begin by having all of us remember the over one million men and women who lost their lives in America’s wars,” Sanders said in opening his Memorial Day speech.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) joined hundreds in the rain at a parade in Minneapolis. “We tell the world who we are as a country by how we honor our heroes,” she said.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) delivered a passionate speech in Iowa. And several Democratic candidates joined together to produce a video on veterans, organized by the VoteVets PAC and posted on Twitter.
“VoteVets and these presidential candidates are asking you to take a few moments today to remember the fallen,” the group said.
Military veterans Buttigieg and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) appeared in the video, in which Gabbard pays tribute to Staff Sgt. Frank Tiai of American Samoa, with whom she served in Iraq. Buttigieg talked of Sgt. David Johnson De-Ford, who was killed in Iraq in 2004.
Sanders, Warren and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) also appeared in the video, as did Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).
As the Daily Wire reported on Monday, Biden has kept a very light schedule since announcing his candidacy.
“Instead of holding town hall events in Iowa gymnasiums, Biden is opting for high-dollar fundraisers, no doubt in preparation for a much larger, sustained campaign, and under the assumption that there are no close competitors for the Democratic nomination. He’s safely ahead of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in most national polls, and beyond that, no Democratic contender is even coming close. The rest of the field is, at the moment, campaigning to be noticed by Vice President-pickers,” the Wire reported.