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Joe Biden officially entered the Democratic race for president last week, and he held a campaign kickoff event in Pittsburgh on Monday. Is he gaining ground among potential primary voters as a result? We’ll probably find out soon. But as I watch all the coverage of the 20+ candidates in the 2020 race, I always remember that Donald Trump hadn’t even come down the escalator at this point four years ago.
Biden keeps making headlines… He taped a big interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts on Monday… It will roll out on Tuesday’s “GMA…”
“Trump takes Biden’s bait”
Erin Burnett’s lead on Monday: “OutFront tonight, Trump takes Biden’s bait.” She said “Biden’s decision to take the fight straight to Trump is clearly getting under Trump’s skin.”
One of the pieces of evidence: Trump’s tweet that “the Media (Fake News) is pushing Sleepy Joe hard.” I wonder if Trump noticed when Fox News carried Biden’s launch speech live on Monday afternoon… And I wonder if he noticed Biden say “we have to choose hope over fear, unity over division and maybe, most importantly, truth over lies.” (Speaking of: Scroll down for the Post’s updated count of Trump’s untruths…)
Fighting “on the president’s home turf”
“For all his weaknesses, right out of the gate Joe Biden has shown that he can fight on the president’s home turf: the media,” CNN political analyst Julian Zelizer tweeted Monday. “With Charlottesville and unions, Biden goaded POTUS into making comments that highlight his liabilities among independent and blue collar voters in 2020…”