Former President Barack Obama is continuing his public support of the presidential campaign of his former second-in-command, Joe Biden. This Thursday morning, the former president posted a video of a conversation that the two of them had in which they discussed what Obama described as “the most pressing issues of our time.” Besides previously sharing a public endorsement for Biden, Obama has also appeared alongside the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee at a recent virtual fundraiser. That web-based event was a big success for the Biden campaign, which brought in some $7.6 million from some 175,000 donors.
This time, Obama tweeted:
‘I sat down with @JoeBiden to talk about the most pressing issues of our time. He’s exactly the leader we need right now––with the vision, the plans, and character to move America forward. Let’s get to work: http://JoeBiden.com/together’
Check out the post and video below:
I sat down with @JoeBiden to talk about the most pressing issues of our time. He's exactly the leader we need right now––with the vision, the plans, and character to move America forward.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) July 23, 2020
Amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, opportunities to hit the in-person campaign trail have been drastically limited. Trump has held a couple of in-person events, but that’s about it — as Coronavirus cases surge again around the country, there have been few opportunities for the Trump campaign or the Biden campaign to keep any kind of stream of in-person events going.
The difficulties have not dragged down the Biden campaign, though. As of early Thursday, Biden led Trump by an average of 8.7 percent in national polls, according to RealClearPolitics. Projections from the Cook Political Report estimate that Democrats can count on at least 279 electoral votes that are at least “leaning” Democratic — a total which is, of course, more than the total needed to win the presidency. According to the same projections, Republicans can only count on 187 electoral votes that are at least “leaning” Republican, and 72 electoral votes are toss-ups. The Democratic lead in electoral college predictions is buoyed by the leads that Biden has in polls from crucial swing states around the country.
Check out Twitter’s response to Obama below: