Just when we thought former vice president Joe Biden was safely locked away in the basement and civilization was safe from ruin, he is having the last laugh.
He disabused voters of that notion during the first joint interview with his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris on a special edition of ABC’s 20/20 called “The Ticket: The First Interview,” on Sunday.
World News Tonight anchor David Muir challenged Biden on his risky strategy: “So when you hear the president say this guy’s afraid to leave his basement …
“Guess what. I have left my basement, and — but in the meantime 500 million people have watched what I’ve done out of my basement. And guess what? People are listening, people are listening,” said Biden.
Muir asked the elusive Democratic presidential nominee if he can win a campaign from home. “We will,” he declared.
Since March Biden has spent most of his time safely tucked away at his home in Delaware. At first voters thought the feeble, gaffe-prone septuagenarian was trying to stay away from coronavirus hotspots during a raging pandemic. Now it appears he is also dodging incoming political shots, hoping his winning poll numbers stay intact so he can float on a cloud into the White House.
He hasn’t even tested for COVID-19 yet. His campaign announced Monday he would be tested regularly in the final 10 weeks before Election Day, arguing he didn’t need to get tested before because he rarely interacted with the public.
Biden only did two interviews with the press in the summer and some political consultants are even urging him to skip the three presidential debates. He was even missing on the weekend before the Democratic National Convention, when he was scheduled to accept his party’s presidential nomination.
Fox New Sunday host Chris Wallace called it the “darndest thing I have ever seen” on Guy Benson’s Fox News Radio show earlier this month.
“So I’ve been doing Sunday shows with conventions. I started on Meet the Press in 1988. I’ve been doing it on and off for what? What is that? 32 years. And it always happens that the Sunday before the convention, the campaign puts out top officials to preview the convention and to say this is what we’re gonna try to get accomplished,” Wallace said.
So, you know, we’ve been counting all week on, you know, having a top official from the Biden campaign — the campaign manager, the top pollster, the chief strategist — to talk about what they’re going to talk about during this next week. They are not putting anybody out,” he said. “And at first I thought, well, maybe it’s because it’s Fox News and they’re boycotting us. No, they’re not putting anybody out on any of the Sunday shows.” Wallace argued it would be impossible for Biden to “hide from now until election day.”
Last week during the Democratic National Convention, his rival, President Donald Trump traveled more than 6,600 miles to speak to voters in states across the nation.
“We have a guy that doesn’t come out of his basement and the media covers,” Trump told Fox and Friends last Monday.
“When they ask me questions, I have these people — there is fire coming out of their eyes. They’re asking me questions. I see the fires burning in their eyes and I am looking at some of them. I said boy, how could you have so much hatred and we’re having such success,” Trump said.
He complained that reporters “throw bombs” at him every day while Biden refuses to answer questions.
“And somebody like Biden, he doesn’t know what to do. He doesn’t come out because he can’t. He doesn’t take any questions from reporters. … This guy doesn’t come out of his basement, and he hasn’t taken one question.”
A Morning Consult poll Monday showed Biden with a whopping 10 points lead over Trump, 52 percent to 42 percent. On the eve of the convention Biden had an 8-point lead of 51 percent to 43 percent. No wonder he is laughing from the basement.