The subject of a private call last week in Pennsylvania between Biden campaign officials and state party leaders was a personal campaign. As a sign of the party’s intense concern over the issue, Democrats in a state of decisive war left the party with a hugely different interpretation of the conversation.
After the call, some senior state party officials told Politico that the Biden team had discussed the possibility of returning by door-to-door, although no final decision had been made. But Biden’s colleagues insisted they didn’t take it into account and there must have been some misunderstanding: they said they were just talking about plans to start going home-to-home literature drops – essentially canvas, but if any, Human Contact – Open distribution centers where people can pick up signs and other campaign materials.
“If you ask someone from the Biden campaign off the record, I think they say ‘yes, we want to be at the door.’ The reality is that we still have the epidemic, “said Jason Henry, executive director of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party. “That conversation is still pending because we want to make sure we do this safely.”
Some Pennsylvania Democrats are not waiting for Biden’s haste and have taken matters into their own hands. The Democratic Party in Rie County, PA – a key constituency Trump won in 2016 after being ousted by former President Barack Obama four years ago – said he says “soft talk” with voters, including literature and content. Engaged when leaving. Their homes.
“People will come out and talk to us and I think it’s a more fruitful conversation,” said Jim Wertz, president of the Erie County Democrats. “They come out and talk to me about Joe Biden and how I get hints.”
Maine Democratic Party field staff are also knocking on the door with some hygienic precautions, including masks, gloves, hand sanitizer and keeping more than six feet away from the door after knocking, a spokesman for Gideon’s campaign said. , By tradition, coordinates its field program by the state party. The Democratic Party of Montana is also campaigning from house to house.
State Senate candidate Julie Slomsky, who wants to flip the red seat in Pennsylvania, said she wears a mask, uses a hand sanitizer, rings the doorbell with her knuckles and stays 12 steps away when knocking on a door. She said she always asks voters if they are happy to be there when they greet them.
“No one has spoken to me yet,” he said. “I begin by saying, ‘How did you survive the epidemic? Is there anything we can do to help connect some of the points? ‘Some people say they may need some masks and I buy them masks. “
Ryan Bizarro, a state representative running in the 2016 election in Erie County, Pa., Said his campaign resumed more than a month ago with a number of security precautions.
“I think it’s important to run a virtual campaign,” he said. “But on November 9, I shouldn’t be there, ‘What happens? What if I were on the ground? What if? ‘ I don’t want that. “
In Wisconsin’s swing state, Lee Snowdgrass – the state party’s vice president running in the state assembly election – is also knocking on doors. “Voter contact is how you get votes.” Its local NPR affiliate.
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