Hmm, it’s probably not a good sign for your campaign when local news reporters are characterizing your political events as “kinda boring.” That’s the situation facing Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, though. After bringing their bus tour to the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona this weekend, a local news reporter for FOX10 said that a visit by the Democratic presidential challengers did little to drum up excitement or interest among area voters.
“Not a lot of fanfare out here,” reporter Nicole Garcia said. “There’s really not much to see. I’ll step out of the way, but it’s kinda boring out here. So, it’s not your typical presidential campaign event, we don’t see people rallying outside, we don’t see signs or really much of what’s going on.”
The museum was packed…with reporters and campaign staffers. As for supporters, Democratic voters, or anyone else? They were not to be found. Garcia confided that Biden and Harris “wanted” to keep the event small for fear of spreading the coronavirus.
“I’m told by one of the Biden staffers, local staffers, is that they kind of kept the details about the visit, as far as the timing and the exact locations—they didn’t really want to give that out to the public because they want to keep the crowds to a minimum,” Garcia said. “They realize we are in pandemic and they don’t want a crowd of more than 50 people at any of their events.
“Pretty much all the people that we saw enter into the parking lot about 45 minutes ago were with the Biden/Harris campaign and the pool reporters,” she continued. “So, you would expect to see—I mean, this is a pretty big event for the two of them to be campaigning together for the first time since the Democratic National Convention. Here in Arizona, we’ve established our state as a battleground state, and so this is technically a big event, but not a lot of fanfare.”
Garcia ended her stand-up report and tossed it back to the anchors in the studio, one of whom mused: “I don’t live too far from the Heard Museum, and you’d expect a lot of police commotion and bystanders and well-wishers, but didn’t see any of that this morning.”
Eric Trump tweeted a clip of the report on Sunday.
“Never a good sign,” he quipped.
No, we’d say not.