“I don’t think he did well last night”
People on both sides of the aisle seem to agree that Joe Biden did not have a great night at the second Democrat debate on Thursday. Standing on stage with many younger candidates made him seem old and he didn’t score a positive memorable moment.
As a result, the following day he lost one of his top fundraisers.
Brian Schwartz reported at CNBC:
Joe Biden loses support of top campaign fundraiser in Bay Area after comments on segregationists and Hyde amendment
Former Vice President Joe Biden lost one of his top fundraisers after controversial comments regarding his work with past segregationists and his flip-flop on repealing the Hyde Amendment, CNBC has learned.
Tom McInerney, a veteran San Francisco based lawyer, informed Biden’s team on June 20 that he can no longer help him raise campaign cash to compete in the 2020 presidential election.
“I had actually let the campaign known I’d pulled back my support of Biden for now,” McInerney told CNBC. “I don’t think he did well last night,” he added, reflecting on Biden’s debate performance on Thursday night.
While McInerney is the first financier to publicly withdraw his support after Biden’s controversial round of comments, the loss is significant because it could be a harbinger of further defections.
Staffers and advisers may come and go, but when effective fundraisers leave a campaign, it’s a more serious matter. The only saving grace for Biden is that it’s early in the race and he’s already sitting on a considerable war chest. If other fundraisers follow McInerney, however, that will hurt him.
And it could happen.
Quint Forgey writes at Politico:
Biden fundraiser ditches him and warns others may too
Tom McInerney, a San Francisco-based attorney who was a lead bundler for former President Barack Obama, told CNBC he informed Biden’s team of his decision on June 20.
The news of his break comes one day after Biden delivered an uneven debate performance that provoked new doubts about his candidacy and turned a spotlight back on his controversial statements and past policy positions on civil rights and abortion…
And in a potentially troubling sign for Biden, McInerny predicted that others were likely souring on the Democratic front-runner. “I would imagine I’m not alone,” he said.
The fact that McInerney is an Obama affiliate just adds insult to injury. It reminds people that Obama has remained silent about Biden’s efforts, not even defending him during the segregationist flap.
Speaking of Obama people, did you catch what former Obama adviser David Axelrod said about Biden after the debate?
Former Obama Adviser Axelrod: Biden seemed “confused,” “defensive,” “mired in the past” pic.twitter.com/fei0XiMzeT
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) June 28, 2019
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