CNN’s David Axelrod, a former adviser of President Barack Obama’s, Thursday lambasted a suggestion from Joe Biden’s allies that the ex-vice-president prevent future gaffes by scaling back his campaign appearances.
“He either can cut it or he can’t, and the only way he can prove he can is to be an active and vigorous candidate,” Axelrod tweeted, in response to a story from The Hill. “He’s running for president of the United States, for God’s sake!”
The advice is “bad,” Axelrod also said, because “you can’t cloister the candidate and win.”
Further, he slammed the allies for giving their advice through the media, rather than in private to Biden.
On Thursday, The Hill reported, without naming the allies in question, that they’d said Biden makes his blunders later in the day, especially after he’s been on the road for some time. They also said he needs to “pace himself,” said a person who has spoken to members of Biden’s campaign team.
The source said it is not clear if Biden’s schedule will be cut back, especially since he’s being criticized for not making as many appearances as his rivals.
Biden has been seen as a liability by some for being almost 77 years old, and one major Democratic donor commented that people are nervous he’s “lost his mojo.”
According to the polls, Biden remains in the front of the large group of Democrats seeking the nomination, but a New Economist-YouGov poll on Tuesday showed him at just one percentage point ahead of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.
However, Biden still has a double-digit lead over Warren in South Carolina, and Deputy Campaign Manager Kate Bedingfield said he will not be changing his approach, as he will keep fighting President Donald Trump.