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We’re Julia Manchester, Max Greenwood and Jonathan Easley. Here’s what we’re watching today on the campaign trail.
LEADING THE DAY:
DEVELOPING: Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE is offering to call up President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE to offer advice on combatting the coronavirus spread in the U.S.
Fox News first reported the news after White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayGeorge Conway group hits Ernst in new ad George Conway group contrasts Trump, Eisenhower in battleground states ad Sunday shows preview: Protests against George Floyd’s death, police brutality rock the nation for a second week MORE issued a challenge to the Democratic frontrunner to “call the White House today and offer some support.”
While Trump has been updating the American people on a daily basis in his White House briefings, Biden has been relying on his own virtual town halls, briefings and network news interviews from his personal television studio in Delaware. The former vice president has also laid out how he would combat the pandemic, often invoking his Obama administration experience combating the spread of Ebola and the swine flu.
Biden’s offer to give Trump his advice is an interesting move on the part of him and his campaign. Biden is walking a very fine line — he wants to offer his own plan and hit Trump for his slow response to the outbreak, but also wants to strike a unifying tone. This kind of gesture lets the former vice president argue he is doing just that.
Meanwhile. Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) hit the airwaves today, appearing on ABC’s “The View” and MSNBC on Wednesday. The progressive Democratic candidate hit Trump for his administration’s coronavirus response.
“I think his inaction has cost the lives of many, many Americans,” Sanders said on “The View,” appearing remotely. “Instead of rallying the scientific community, instead of educating the American people about the need for social distancing and the other things that we have to do.”
Like Biden, Sanders has continued to hold digital roundtables and briefings on the coronavirus crisis. He was also working in the Senate to pass the $2 trillion stimulus package last week.
However, Sanders faces an uphill climb, considering Biden’s massive delegate lead and the news media’s full attention on the coronavirus pandemic.
But Sanders is maintaining he will stay in the race, saying he has a “narrow path” to victory. Remember, a number of primaries have been postponed until the summer. The Sanders campaign is likely to insist on sticking around until wait all votes have been cast.
Biden offers to call Trump to discuss national coronavirus response, by Marty Johnson
FROM THE TRAIL:
Democrats discuss delay, changes to national convention, The Hill’s Amie Parnes and Jonathan Easley report.
Biden allies want Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) out of the race sooner, rather than later, Amie and Jonathan.
Biden says he’s considering Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) to be his vice president, The Hill’s Tal Axlerod reports.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Wednesday that Trump’s initially slow response to the coronavirus has increased its domestic death toll, writes Julia Manchester.
J.T. Young: Sanders has less reason to leave the race
Steve Israel: Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoNo, ‘blue states’ do not bail out ‘red states’ Attorney says 75-year-old man shoved by Buffalo police suffered brain injury Buffalo officials ask state to re-examine 2008 firing of black police officer who stopped white officer’s chokehold MORE makes waves
Margaret Talev: The rich are protected, the poor are shafted by coronavirus shutdown
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FROM CONGRESS AND THE STATES:
Sanders is calling on Wisconsin to postpone its April 7 primary as reports emerge about chaos surrounding the elections during the coronavirus outbreak.
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) plans to use members of the Wisconsin National Guard to work polling locations during the state’s primary next week, according to a court filing. The move comes as the state faces a massive shortage of polling staff and volunteers for the April 7 primary amid the coronavirus pandemic, from The Hill’s J. Edward Moreno
Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerKoch-backed group launches ad campaign to support four vulnerable GOP senators Jon Ossoff to challenge David Perdue after winning Georgia Democratic primary Candidates headed to runoffs in Georgia House race to replace Doug Collins MORE (R-Ga.) and her husband bought and sold about $1.4 million in stocks between mid-February and mid-March as U.S. policymakers scrambled to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, Max reports. A summary of the couple’s transactions provided by Loeffler’s campaign showed roughly $845,000 in stock sales between Feb. 18 and March 13. During that same period, she and her husband purchased about $590,000 of stock. Financial disclosures also show that Loeffler and her husband, Jeffrey Sprecher, the CEO of Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) and the chairman of the New York Stock Exchange, bought ICE stock and sold it for about $10.9 million.
Reuters-Ipsos – NATIONAL
Biden: 46 percent
Trump: 40 percent
MARQUETTE – WISCONSIN PRIMARY
Biden: 62 percent
Sanders: 34 percent
ECONOMIST/YOUGOV – NATIONAL
Biden: 55 percent
Sanders: 40 percent
WinRed, the GOP’s digital fundraising clearinghouse, raised more than $129 million for Republicans in the first three months of the year, nearly doubling its fundraising from the final quarter of 2019, from The Hill’s Max Greenwood
The America First Action PAC is putting $10 million behind new digital, cable, broadcast and mail ads attacking former Vice President Joe Biden in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, from the Hill’s Jonathan Easley.
A Democratic-allied group dedicated to defending the Affordable Care Act is launching a five-figure ad buy in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin criticizing Trump’s handling of the coronavirus crisis, according to Alexander Bolton.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
(Keep in mind these dates could change because of the outbreak.)
Wisconsin Democratic primary
Puerto Rico Democratic primary
ONE HOPEFUL THING:
COCKTAILS IN QUARANTINE: This tidbit may be hitting your inboxes just in time for happy hour.
Food Network Star, Ina Garten, also known as the Barefoot Contessa, is taking quarantine drinks to a new level.
The culinary guru raised eyebrows on social media Wednesday after she posted a video of her crafting a giant cosmopolitan.
“During these stressful times, it’s really important to keep traditions alive,” Garten said. “My favorite tradition is the cocktail hour so I’m going to make you my favorite cosmopolitan and you probably have all the ingredients right in your house.”
Somebody please check on @inagarten pic.twitter.com/H1eJwkLj7p
— Phil (@prettygoodphil) April 1, 2020
“Stay safe, have a very good time, and don’t forget the cocktails,” she said signing off.
We’ll drink responsibly to that.
For more good news be sure to check out The Hill’s Selfless Acts page, where our reporters are detailing how Americans are helping each other through the coronavirus pandemic.
We’ll be back Thursday with more from the campaign trail.