Jul 23, 2019

Biden wins endorsements from key CBC member and Detroit's mayor

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Former Vice President Joe Biden picked up 2 endorsements Monday in the race to challenge President Trump in the 2020 election — senior Congressional Black Caucus member Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.

Details: Johnson told the Dallas News she's backing Biden over other Democratic presidential candidates, including Texans Beto O'Rourke and Julián Castro, because the U.S. needs a leader "who can bring people together and get our country back on the right track." Duggan told AP that Biden has spent his career "watching out for the working class in this country."

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Jill Biden tells voters to pick the candidate who can beat Trump

Former Vice President Joe Biden and former second lady Jill Biden at a May campaign rally in Philadelphia. Photo: Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Jill Biden has a message for voters backing 2020 rivals of her husband, Joe Biden: Your candidate may be better on a policy issue, but the bottom line is "we have to beat [President] Trump."

What she's saying: In video filmed by MSNBC at a campaign event in Manchester, New Hampshire, Monday, she said, "I want you to think about your candidate, his or her electability, and who's going to win this race." She pointed to his consistently strong poll numbers, with some showing he'd beat Trump.

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Axios-NewsWhip 2020 attention tracker: Biden pummeled for his gaffes

Data: NewsWhip; Chart: Chris Canipe/Axios

Articles about Joe Biden generated 3.8 million interactions on social media last week — more than that of any other candidate since June — but they were overwhelmingly on stories about his recent blunders. according to data from NewsWhip provided exclusively to Axios.

Why it matters: While Biden's congressional record and moderate credentials are baked into his candidacy — and may be working to his benefit — his recurrent gaffes could invite questions about his mental acuity and fitness for office.

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Democrats prepare for debate brawl with Joe Biden

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

They don't want to talk about it, but the struggling Kirsten Gillibrand campaign appears to have spent a lot of time Googling Joe Biden as of late. The New York senator has publicly —and cryptically — alluded to unnamed Democratic candidates who "do not believe necessarily that it's a good idea that women work outside the home." The remark, which she's declined to clarify, has generated fervid speculation. 

The intrigue: Meanwhile, an account on the site newspapers.com that appears to be linked to her campaign has been gathering news articles about the former vice president's stance on the child tax credit in the '80s. (The newspaper.com account and related Twitter account appear to have been taken down after we approached the Gillibrand campaign for comment.)

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