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Joe Biden’s allies are pushing for a return to the “rose garden” strategy less than two months after the former vice president abandoned the notion and began campaigning actively.
Biden, who has retreated from the public eye after a hellish week of gaffes consumed his campaign, is being pushed to retool his schedule to limit public appearances and thereby cut down on the opportunities for verbal missteps. In particular, many are advising the 76-year-old former vice president to curb the number of events he does in the afternoon and evening – the time of day Biden has been most likely to say something embarrassing.
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At the moment, the push is being made under the guise of giving Biden “more down time” before the race heats up in the fall ahead of the early primary contests.
“He needs to be a strong force on the campaign trail, but he also has to pace himself,” one of Biden’s allies told The Hill this week.
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The suggestion that Biden start limiting his appearances comes less than two months after the candidate’s team publicly avowed to run a more energetic and engaged campaign.
Between announcing his candidacy in April and the first Democrat debate in late June, Biden’s campaign was defined by few public appearances and a laser focus on the general election, even at the cost of ignoring attacks by rival Democrats. The approach, in essence a new take on the “rose garden” strategy often preferred by incumbent presidents seeking reelection, quickly fell apart after Biden’s competitors, most notably Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), began eviscerating his political record.
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After a particularly disastrous first debate, in which the former vice president struggled to respond to rebukes about his recent praise of segregationists and long-held stance on busing, Biden’s team announced he would spend more time on the campaign trail.
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