'There Is No Playbook': How Trump And Biden Are Trying To Run Virtual Campaigns During Coronavirus

President Donald Trump’s campaign has ridiculed rival Democrat Joe Biden for remaining cloistered during the pandemic, forced to give speeches, meet activists and raise money almost entirely from the seclusion of his basement in Wilmington, Delaware.

But as precautions and concerns about COVID-19 have grown, Trump has also halted his signature rallies at least temporarily and started his own virtual gatherings to keep in touch with voters.

“It’s totally different," said Ford O’Connell, adjunct professor at George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management who has worked on Republican campaigns including the late Sen. John McCain's 2008 presidential run. "There is no playbook to campaigning in the coronavirus era."

"Trump likes the rallies because for him it’s about energizing his followers and his folks tend to evangelize their friends, families and neighbors," O'Connell said. "I think not being able to campaign has taken a greater toll on Trump than the Biden folks."

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published this page in In The News 2020-08-10 11:33:04 -0400
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