According to Politico, Democrats are privately urging President Joe Biden’s team to boost his public engagement following a contentious press conference in response to a special counsel report.
The report, authored by special counsel Robert Hur, highlighted Biden’s age and memory lapses regarding past classified documents.
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Biden’s subsequent press conference, during which he mistakenly referred to the presidents of Mexico and Egypt, heightened concerns about his cognitive abilities. Despite this, Democratic insiders advise against retreating from public appearances.
Hur’s report portrayed Biden as an “elderly man with poor memory,” prompting frustration from Biden and a defense from the White House and Democratic allies.
Persistent doubts about Biden’s mental fitness have been reflected in polls, indicating skepticism among Americans.
Comparisons were drawn to Hillary Clinton’s campaign strategy, with former adviser Philippe Reines suggesting that increased public appearances could preemptively address concerns and prevent minor issues from escalating.
“I would flood the zone, and I felt the same with Hillary [Clinton]. Because if you don’t, then the smallest thing becomes too easy for people and the media to focus on,” Philippe Reines, a former adviser to failed 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, said.
“The answer to the president is not to put him out there zero times to prevent zero things. It’s to go out there, and have him say whatever it is,” he added.
Democrats argue that more unscripted interactions with voters and the press could help counter doubts about Biden’s competence, despite potential political risks.
Faiz Shakir, Bernie Sanders’ former campaign manager, stressed the importance of Biden’s unscripted moments, which are relatively rare, and advocated for greater public engagement.
Biden declined a televised interview ahead of the Super Bowl, a move criticized by some Democrats.
Major Democratic donor Alan Patricof echoed the call for increased accessibility, recommending more press conferences and public appearances for Biden.
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