Biden has a distinct challenge tonight: He must parry attacks and go on the offensive against Sanders, all while showing Sanders supporters they have a place in Biden’s campaign.
“Joe Biden will make it clear to Senator Sanders’s supporters that there’s space for them,” a senior adviser said on a Sunday afternoon conference call. “We’re also going to welcome their ideas, their passion and their commitment to the issues that they care so deeply about.”
Biden has amassed a significant delegate lead over the past several weeks , giving him a distinct advantage in the race for the Democratic nomination. As he attempts to solidify his standing, he’s shown a willingness to listen to and adopt the plans of former opponents. It is a clear effort to reach younger and more liberal voters, who have traditionally backed Sanders.
On Sunday, Biden announced a proposal to make public colleges and universities free for families who make less than $ 125, a year. On Friday, he adopted Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s bankruptcy plan, which would make it easier for people to go through the bankruptcy process and would allow student loan debt to be discharged just like any other debt.
Biden also put forward a plan to combat the coronavirus, as the pandemic forces Americans to endure drastic changes to work and social life.
Biden’s campaign has drafted a coronavirus plan that has sought, among other things, to contrast itself to the widely criticized missteps of the Trump administration. Biden stressed that his administration’s effort to combat the spread of the virus would not be politicized and would lean on the expertise of scientists and public health experts.
In speeches and interviews, he has stressed that the Obama administration capably handled similar epidemics but that the infrastructure they left behind was disregarded by the Trump administration. Biden’s proposal would implement measures that would use free testing, additional access to treatment and surged health-care funding to combat the virus itself. He would also implement an economic response, aiding individuals sickened by the virus and their families, as well as state and local governments.