Joe Biden hasn’t held a press conference in 77 days, but Democrats aren’t feeling much pressure to put their presumptive presidential nominee front and center at the moment.
Biden has, for the most part, kept a low profile throughout the coronavirus pandemic and weeks of demonstrations for racial justice across the country. Over that time, Biden has built up a healthy lead in the polls and emerged as the heavy favorite for now to be the next president.
Meanwhile, Republicans have watched with growing alarm as President Trump’s polling numbers have fallen to frightening new lows for an incumbent.
The Trump campaign is desperate to draw Biden into the fray, believing the gaffe-prone former vice president would make some potentially game-changing mistakes during unscripted moments in the public eye.
But there is little pressure on Biden to change course, at least in the near term.
Most Democrats believe Trump is imploding as the pandemic has claimed the lives of more than 118,000 and mired the country in an economic recession, while the president has come under intense scrutiny over his handling of protests against police brutality toward African Americans.
Capping a bad stretch for Trump, the news this week has been dominated by former national security adviser John Bolton’s scathing book describing Trump as unfit for office.
“Joe Biden’s numbers keep growing, Trump’s keep falling, which means that Biden’s strategy is clearly working,” said former Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.). “In contrast with Trump going back to risky rallies while COVID-19 cases continue to grow, Biden is conducting a daily schedule of interactions with voters in battleground media markets and raising money. I expect that Trump will try to bait him. I doubt Biden will take the bait.”