The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden reaches out to black, Latino communities

August 22, 2020 0 By JohnValbyNation

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We’re Julia Manchester, Max Greenwood and Jonathan Easley. Here’s what we’re watching today on the campaign trail.  



Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE reached out to communities of color on Monday, rolling out a plan to empower the African-American community and taking part in a virtual town hosted by an influential Latino civil rights organization. 

Biden’s plan to empower the African-American community included six pillars — advancing the “economic mobility” of the black community, increasing access to high-quality education, eliminating disparities in health due to race, criminal justice reform, environmental justice and combatting systemic racism. 

“I believe that the moral obligation of our time is to rebuild our economy in a way that finally brings everyone along,” Biden said in a statement. “That goal has always been the core of my candidacy — it’s the very reason that I am running for President.  And achieving it starts by rooting out systemic racism from our laws, our policies, our institutions, and our hearts.” 

Biden added that the coronavirus pandemic has “exposed — and cruelly exacerbated” disparities faced by the black community. 

The former vice president has acknowledged the toll the pandemic has taken on the Latino community, speaking with essential workers at a virtual town hall organized by the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). 

Biden told the workers in the town hall, “we owe you,” while calling for greater pay and access to coronavirus treatments. 

“There’s nothing worse than worrying about a family member whether they’re going to make it or not. It’s not a whole lot worse than ending up in the morning and knowing your son or daughter is in a war zone,” Biden said. 


The black and Latino communities will prove crucial for Biden and Democrats in November, and data shows they are energized. 

Biden has polled well with black voters throughout the 2020 Democratic primary. The voting group’s support bolstered him to victory in a number of key states, including South Carolina, his first win in the nominating contest.

Seventy-three percent of black voters said they had a favorable view of Biden, according to a poll released last month by the left-leaning progressive group Black PAC.

Meanwhile, internal research conducted for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’s (CHC) campaign arm, Bold PAC, showed 78 percent of Hispanic voters said they were “almost certain” to vote and 48 percent said they were “extremely enthusiastic.”

— Julia Manchester 



Biden’s campaign is planning some strategic new hires amid concerns from Democrats that their field operations are understaffed. Amie Parnes and Jonathan Easley report.

Trump’s campaign is putting seven figures behind a new ad saying Trump will lead the U.S. to a great economic recovery coming out of the coronavirus pandemic.

Biden won the Kansas Democratic primary over the weekend, taking just short of 77 percent of the vote and 29 of the state’s 39 delegates, according to the Associated Press (AP). Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.), who ended his campaign last month, won about 23 percent of the vote and 10 delegates.

The progressive group Indivisible endorsed Biden on Monday, saying that the former vice president is “Abraham Lincoln compared to Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE,” The Hill’s Rebecca Klar reports. Biden wasn’t the group’s first choice in the Democratic nominating contest, but its co-founder Leah Greenberg said that about 95 percent of the group’s members supported the decision to endorse him. 

Biden’s vice presidential selection committee is vetting “more than a dozen” women for his running mate slot, The Hill’s Zack Budryk reports. Speaking to Al Sharpton on MSNBC’s “Politics Nation,” Biden also said that the committee is going to consider “significantly more than one black woman” for the job.
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Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerKoch-backed group launches ad campaign to support four vulnerable GOP senators Jon Ossoff to challenge David Perdue after winning Georgia Democratic primary Candidates headed to runoffs in Georgia House race to replace Doug Collins MORE (R-Ga.) is poised to spend roughly $4 million on a series of ads pushing back on criticism of her financial transactions and touting her efforts to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Loeffler has vowed to spend $20 million of her own money on the Senate race, where she faces a challenge from Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsKoch-backed group launches ad campaign to support four vulnerable GOP senators Jon Ossoff to challenge David Perdue after winning Georgia Democratic primary The Hill’s Campaign Report: Bad polling data is piling up for Trump MORE (R-Ga.), a Trump loyalist. Max Greenwood reports.

The Everytown for Gun Safety Victory Fund rolled out a $250,000 ad campaign Monday focusing on Republican-held House seats in Texas. Julia Manchester reports.





Trump: 48 percent

Biden: 46 percent



Ernst: 43 percent (-4)

Greenfield: 42 percent (+1)



(Keep in mind these dates could change because of the outbreak.)


May 12:

Nebraska primaries


May 19:

Oregon primaries


May 22:

Hawaii Democratic primary


June 2:

Delaware primaries

District of Columbia primaries

Indiana primaries

Maryland primaries

Montana primaries

New Mexico primaries

Pennsylvania primaries

Rhode Island primaries

South Dakota primaries


June 9:

Georgia primaries

West Virginia primaries


June 23:

Kentucky primaries


July 7:

New Jersey primaries


July 11:



July 14:

Alabama Republican Senate primary runoff


August 11:

Connecticut primary


August 17-20:

Democratic National Convention


August 24-27:

Republican National Convention


One hopeful thing 




Star Wars fans of all stripes took to social media to celebrate the fan holiday, bolstering spirits during the pandemic. 


Figures and groups such as CNN’s Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperCarson says issues over systemic racism are ‘very uncommon now’ Congressional Black Caucus chair says ‘a lot of’ House GOP interest in police reform bill National security adviser blames ‘a few bad apples,’ says there’s not systemic racism in law enforcement MORE and the U.S. Navy showed they were loyal fans. 






And CNN’s David Allan writes how we’re seeing many of Star Wars’ themes of “friendship, banding together to fight a deadly threat” amid the pandemic. 

We’ll see you tomorrow for the latest campaign news and updates.