If you looked at our last post, you may have noticed that one particular high-profile candidate did not attend: Joe Biden. Biden has been at the top of the polls but chose not to attend a Convention where more than half of the presidential candidates were found.
Without saying any names, Bernie Sanders took a subtle jab at Biden during his speech, “As you all know, there is a debate among presidential candidates who have spoken to you here in this room and those who have chosen for whatever reason not to be in this room about the best way forward,” the Vermont senator said as attendees booed. “So, let me be as clear as I can be: in my view, we will not beat Donald Trump unless we bring excitement and energy into the campaign.” He continued, “And unless we give millions of working people and young people a reason to vote and a reason to believe that politics is relevant to their lives.”
Biden says that he had already committed to the Human Rights Campaign Dinner on Saturday and therefore could not make it to the convention but assured the California Democratic Party’s acting chairwoman, Alexandra Gallardo Rooker, that he would be visiting California “many times.” Why he couldn’t attend the convention on Sunday is unclear. Sanders isn’t the only person criticizing Biden on his absence. The group Action for a Progressive Future handed out fliers at the event that read: “Where is Joe Biden?” One convention delegate said of Biden, “He was not going to be very popular at this convention, but his refusal to show up only reinforces the idea that he’s an elitist and he is more interested in collecting big checks in California then being in genuine touch with grassroots activists and people who care about the Democratic Party’s future.”
Click here to read the full 6/3/2019 article by Aaamer Madhami from USA Today.
Click here to read the full 6/2/2019 article by Devan Cole and Jasmine Wright from CNN.