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Biden speaks at the IBEW Local 490 on June 4 in Concord, N.H. Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images

Joe Biden has led the 2020 polls since before he even entered the race, but some swing voters in his home state — who voted for Barack Obama and then Donald Trump — aren't feeling him.

The big picture: They think he looks too old to be president, but the real kicker is that many of these voters felt Biden's portrayal of the Charlottesville protests in his announcement video was "a complete lie," in the words of one participant. That's why Biden could have trouble winning some of these voters back to the Democratic side in 2020.

  • That was another main takeaway from our June 3 Engagious/FPG focus group conducted in Erie, Pennsylvania.

What they're saying: He "twisted it," said 51-year-old Daphne Kretz.

  • "They're sensationalizing the Democratic standpoint" on what happened in Charlottesville, said 66-year-old Vince K. "He's making a greater issue out of a non-issue than what there should be because he figures it will feed the party and that's why the party feeds him."
  • Some said Biden intentionally mischaracterized Trump's words. "They're playing identity politics and that's all that was about," said 62-year-old David R. about Biden's announcement video.
  • "I read the transcription: Trump said there's good people on both sides ... referring to the people that wanted to take down the statue of Robert E. Lee. So in my world that's a complete lie."
  • Others think Biden is late to the issue of racial prejudice. "I do believe that a lot of the prejudice came out during his administration with Obama," said 55-year-old Laurie B. "It just infuriates me that that's when the country started getting divided and now he wants to fix it."

Yes, but: These swing voters viewed Biden as Trump's biggest threat among the candidates who are 67 and older. (That includes Bernie Sanders, John Hickenlooper, Elizabeth Warren and Jay Inslee.)

  • We asked them to score candidates on a scale from zero to 10 (not at all concerned to very concerned) about how big of a threat they'd be to Trump in 2020.
  • Biden scored a 6.3 out of 10, whereas the others' scores ranged from 5.8 down to 3.3.
  • For what it's worth, this was a focus group, not a poll, and various polls have shown Biden beating Trump in a head-to-head match, even in places like Texas.

Go deeper: Pennsylvania swing voters aren't ditching Trump in 2020

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The latest: In an update on Friday, Ureña said Clinton's health indicators are "trending in the right direction, including his white blood count which has decreased significantly."

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Why it matters: The advisory committee raised concerns about a dearth of data to support their decision but ultimately decided to support an additional shot for those over 18.

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A U.S. Capitol Police officer has been indicted on obstruction of justice charges for allegedly helping hide evidence of a participant's involvement in the Jan. 6 riot.

Driving the news: Officer Michael A. Riley, 50, is accused of telling the unidentified participant, referred to as "Person 1," in the Jan. 6 riot to delete posts from Facebook, which showed them in the Capitol during the attack.