Joe Biden, has joined forces with Barack Obama on Tuesday for a virtual fundraiser that netted$ 7.6 million, the highest for a single event by former vice-president during his presidential campaign.
The fundraiser was virtually attended by 175,000 people, according to the Biden campaign. At the event Obama has criticized the Trump card of the administration, and warned Democrats against “complacency or smug” about the presidential race.
The former president urged the viewers to learn the lessons from 2016 and do not take the election for granted. Referencing what he called a “great awakening” among the young American pressure for reform, president Obama said that “just because this energy is there, does not mean that it ensures our victory and this does not mean that it is channeled in a way that results in real change.”
“There is a backlash, it is fierce, against change,” Obama added.
The Advantage of the campaign has been ahead in fundraising, with $ 265 million in cash at the end of May. Advantage Dallas of collection of fund at the beginning of this month raised north of $10 million for the campaign, Republican National Committee, and the Trumpet of the Victory Fund. Biden and the Democrats had a total of 122 million, Reuters reported, although the former vice-president fundraising efforts seem to have picked up in recent weeks.
The fundraising marked Obama’s official return to the presidential campaign and stressed his unsurpassed popularity in the Democratic party.
On Tuesday, the event was a kick off the Obama team, will probably be a busy schedule heading into the fall, as he looks to help the elect and not just Biden, but the Democrats running for the House and Senate. And his comments suggest that the Democrats take very seriously the possibility that their base could become too comfortable this autumn, with a number of state and national surveys showing Biden with significant, often double-digit leads in the Trump.
Democrats hope Obama’s appeal, particularly among Blacks and young voters, can help to increase the energy of Biden.
“There are two groups of voters that Biden needs to move,” said Dan Pfeiffer, the former White House director of communications. “You have 4 million to Obama 2012, voters who were sitting in ’16, Obama obviously has cache with them. And you have to convince a number of voters who voted for Barack Obama in 2012, and either Trump or a third-party candidate in 2016, and Obama is obviously very, very high performance, with those as well.”
In fact, during the night of Tuesday to Wednesday, the fundraiser, Obama made a common ground for young voters, by telling them that he was “optimistic” about the new energy that he has seen, but warning them not to get discouraged with a political process, “he said, ” is always slower” and “less satisfactory” than engage with a social movement through public events.
Obama has endorsed Biden, with a video message in April, but has kept a low profile throughout the primary and largely avoided wading into national politics. In recent weeks, however, he reappeared publicly, to speak out on the police and the civil unrest that followed the police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Some Democrats say that, in the wake of Floyd’s killing, Obama’s voice as a supporter of Biden and a leader for the party is needed.
“Biden was not the highest on the reform of the criminal justice system, so that with Obama, it is useful in strengthening this issue,” said Ben Tulchin, who have gathered for Bernie Sanders ‘ presidential campaign.
“Given what is happening with the reform of the criminal justice and Black Lives Matter, having the first african-American president publicly backing Biden is extremely useful.”