Biden: 'No Need' to Postpone General Election Due to Coronavirus Crisis

| Washington Examiner | by Naomi Lim

Joe Biden shrugged off conjecture November's general election would have to be delayed due to the coronavirus crisis, even though the theories aren't rooted in law or fact.

“We voted in the middle of a Civil War. We voted in the middle of World War I and II. And so the idea of postponing the electoral process is just, seems to me, out of the question," the two-term vice president told donors during his second virtual fundraiser in the COVID-19 virus campaign era.

The 2020 Democratic presidential candidate added, "I know there’s a lot of rumors and speculation as to, ‘is the other guy going to try to postpone the election in November’ and all that. There’s no need to do that.”

Seven states have pushed back their primaries as the public are being urged to stay at home during the outbreak to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. Biden and his last remaining Democratic rival Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders were put in an awkward position ahead of the March 17 contests of asking supporters for their vote, but saying it was a personal choice if they wanted to cast a ballot in person and risk getting sick. The logistical snafu has prompted calls for states to adopt widespread use of mail-in voting as opposed to delaying elections. The November presidential election is a different matter than postponing Democratic primary voting days. Federal laws set Election Day as “the Tuesday next after the first Monday in November.” Like any piece of legislation, changing the law would need the consent of Congress and the president, a virtual impossibility with the House under Democratic control.

Biden, as of Monday, will start hosting "shadow" coronavirus briefings to routinely scrutinize the Trump administration's response to the pandemic. Delaware's 36-year senator told donors he'd installed "a new high-speed line into my home" and "they've converted a recreation room, basically, into a television studio" for the productions.

The presumptive nominee also told his supporters that his vice-presidential vetting process would begin "in a matter of weeks," despite not yet officially being his party's standard-bearer. He said his shortlist would probably comprise of "six or seven" women.

"And the most important thing, and I've actually talked to Barack about this — the most important thing is that there has to be someone who, the day after they’re picked, is prepared to be President of the United States of America if something happened," he continued of conversations he's had with former President Barack Obama.


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