Terry McAuliffe, the former Virginia Governor and prominent Democrat told a meeting of Virginia Democrats that the former vice president should remain in his Delaware home’s basement for the duration of the 2020 presidential campaign.
McAuliffe, who was Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman in 2016, spoke via Zoom to a videoconference of the Norfolk City Democratic Committee.
“People say all the time, ‘Oh, we got to get the vice president out of the basement,’” McAuliffe told the “monthly breakfast,” Fox News reported, citing a copy of the video it obtained. “He’s fine in the basement. Two people see him a day: his two body people. That’s it. Let Trump keep doing what Trump’s doing.”
The former Democratic governor of Virginia told the group that Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, will find it difficult to find a platform to compete with President Trump, who can use the White House’s bully pulpit.
“It’s hard for the vice president to break through,” McAuliffe said. “You’ve got the COVID crisis. He’s not a governor, doesn’t have the National Guard. He’s not the president, doesn’t have the briefing room. He needs to come out strategically. And when he says something like he did on race relations two days ago, it needs to have a big impact — thoughtful, and that’s what we’re preferring that he actually do at the time.”
Biden, who has been campaigning from the basement of his Wilmington home because of the coronavirus pandemic, has spoken about George Floyd’s death and racial issues several times. Most notably, he delivered remarks via video message at Floyd’s funeral on Tuesday.
But he has rarely ventured outside the confines of his home, other than to give a speech in Philadelphia last week and to travel to Houston to meet with Floyd’s family on Monday.
He has given interviews and appeared on late-night talk shows from the studio built in his basement, but they’ve also caused some cringeworthy moments.