“It’s tricky territory. We’re in the midst of a national emergency. And, of course, Vice President Biden is not in office at this moment. He has not nailed down the nomination although it appears he will,” Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois told the Washington Examiner. “And he’s being careful that he doesn’t inject politics into this national debate about public health.”
In an effort to be part of the national conversation that relates to the COVID-19 virus crisis, Biden set up a TV studio complete with a podium in his Delaware residence basement to communicate with cable television network audiences. But his message has often been overshadowed by Trump’s daily press briefings with his White House Coronavirus Task Force or Cuomo’s press briefings in Albany.
David Axelrod, a Democratic campaign consultant who helped run Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008, though told the Washington Post that Biden’s attempts to seem presidential at this time were not working.