In case you missed it… Even though the coronavirus pandemic has stopped traditional campaigning for the moment, Ohio Democrats are continuing to gear up for this fall’s general election with presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, who led Donald Trump by 4 percentage points in Ohio in a recent poll by NBC News/Marist College.
Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper told Youngstown’s WFMJ-TV: “Even though we can’t campaign in person we are able to build up an operation right now because a lot of folks around the country are seeing that Ohio is in play, both because of Biden and both because of the economic picture and Trump’s broken promises.”
The Democratic National Committee recently announced it was adding Ohio to its “Battleground Build-up 2020” program. Fair Fight PAC, Swing Left and the National Democratic Redistricting Committee are also investing in Ohio.
As Ohio Democrats ramp up their organizing efforts, the coronavirus crisis is highlighting the contrast between Trump’s failed leadership and mismanagement and Biden’s decades-long record of delivering results for the American people.
Pepper noted that Trump’s approval ratings have started to plummet as Americans “now see every day that he’s just not up to this … because he’s not up to this, we’re having people lose their lives, people lose their livelihoods.”
Pepper told Columbus’s WSYX-TV: “Joe Biden puts Ohio in play. Where he’s from, how he campaigns, he’s got a lot of similarities in his appeal to blue-collar voters as Sherrod Brown does.”
He says Biden is still campaigning though, even if it’s not face to face.
“Even though we can’t campaign in person we are able to build up an operation right now because a lot of folks around the country are seeing that Ohio is in play, both because of Biden and both because of the economic picture and Trump’s broken promises, in a way that we end up not being as close in 2016 so the good news is we have a lot of momentum.”
21 News asked him how Joe Biden overcomes not being able to campaign in a traditional sense right now with the pandemic, as President Trump holds daily news conferences.
Pepper said they are building an operation with support from national Democrats and other groups and that Biden needs to show what presidential leadership looks like in a crisis as a candidate, which he feels President Donald Trump is not doing.
“This is a health crisis and I want it to be solved as quickly as possible, that’s why even as the chair of the Democratic Party, I have been loudly praising of Mike DeWine for the last month. This is not about partisan politics.”
He feels that when all is said and done, if the pandemic is not as bad as we feared, the top group to get credit will be governors and mayors.
Early polls during the pandemic showed a majority of Americans approving of President Trump’s response to the coronavirus but more recent polls have flipped. A majority of Americans now disapprove of his performance.
“(People are) rallying behind Mike DeWine, they’re rallying their mayors, they were rallying around the president until they now see every day that he’s just not up to this,” Pepper said. “Because he’s not up to this, we’re having people lose their lives, people lose their livelihoods.”
Democrats think Biden may be their best bet to win back the Buckeye State.
“Joe Biden puts Ohio in play,” Pepper said. “Where he’s from, how he campaigns, he’s got a lot of similarities in his appeal to blue-collar voters as Sherrod Brown does.”