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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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45 million Americans under winter storm watches near New England

Computer model projection showing the winds moving around the powerful East Coast storm on Saturday Jan. 29, 2022. Image: https://earth.nullschool.net

Nearly 45 million Americans are under winter weather alerts and warnings from North Carolina to northeastern Maine, as a major winter storm threatens the region.

Why it matters: It is predicted to be the biggest blizzard since 2018 to strike the Northeast with more than 2 feet of snow possible in parts of eastern Massachusetts, according to the National Weather Service.

Australian PM pledges $700M for climate change-threatened Great Barrier reef

A green sea turtle is flourishing among the corals at Lady Elliot island in Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Photo: Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket via Getty Images

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Friday a AU$1 billion ($703 million) investment plan for the Great Barrier Reef.

Why it matters: The nine-year plan for projects including water quality improvement, reef conservation and supporting some 64,000 tourism jobs comes months ahead of this year's federal election. It has been criticized by scientists and environmental groups for failing to tackle climate change.

Judge nixes Gulf of Mexico oil leases in climate-focused ruling

Tug boats prepare to tow the semi-submersible drilling platform Noble Danny Adkins through the Port Aransas Channel into the Gulf of Mexico on December 12, 2020 in Port Aransas, Texas. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images

A federal judge on Thursday canceled the Biden administration's late 2021 sale of new oil-and-gas drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico.

Why it matters: The ruling that the greenhouse gas emissions analysis by the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) was insufficient is a win for green groups that challenged the decision, as they seek to curb fossil fuel production.