The personal campaign was one of the topics of a private call last week in Pennsylvania between Biden campaign officials and state party leaders. In a show of growing party concern over the issue, Democrats in the war-torn state left the call with wildly different interpretations of the conversation.
Some senior state party officials told Politeko after the request that Biden’s team had discussed the possibility of returning to the knock on the door, although no final decision had been made. But Biden’s aides insisted they did not think so and that there must have been a misunderstanding: They said they were only talking about door-to-door plans – essentially canvas, but with more limited, if any, human contact – and open distribution centers. where people can get signs and other campaign material.
If you asked anyone from the Biden campaign, I think it would be like, ‘Yes, we want to be at the door.’ The reality is that there is still a pandemic, “said Jason Henry, executive director of the Democratic Party of Pennsylvania. “These talks are still taking place because we want to make sure we do it safely.”
Some Pennsylvania Democrats are not expecting Biden’s influence and have taken matters into their own hands. The Democratic Party in County Erie, Pa. – a key area that Trump won in 2016 after former President Barack Obama brought it in four years earlier – he said he has been embroiled in what he calls a “soft talk” with voters, leaving literature and material in their homes.
“People will come out and talk to us, and I feel it’s a more fruitful conversation,” said Jim Wertz, Erie County Democrat leader. “They go out and talk to us about Joe Biden and how I get marks.”
Maine Democratic Party field staff also have limited knock on doors with public health precautions such as masks, gloves, hand sanitizer and keeping more than six feet away from doors after the knock, said a Gideon campaign spokeswoman who, traditionally, coordinates the field program through the state party. The Democratic Party of Montana is campaigning door to door as well.
Julie Slomsky, a Senate nominee seeking to overthrow a red seat in Pennsylvania, said she was wearing a mask, using hand sanitizer, ringing bells with her hinges and staying 12 steps away while knocking on the door. She said she always asks voters if they are comfortable with her when she welcomes them.
“I have not said anything yet,” he said. “I start with, ‘How were you during the pandemic?’ Is there anything we can do to help connect some dots? “Some people say they might need some masks and I buy them masks.”
Ryan Bizarro, a state spokesman running for re-election in a Trump-won Erie, Pa. Area, said his campaign resumed with more security precautions more than a month ago.
“I think running a virtual campaign is important,” he said. “But on November 3, I do not want to exist,” What if? What if I were on the ground? And if?’ I do not want that. “
In Wisconsin’s shaky state, Lee Snodgrass – one of the state party vice presidents who also ran for the state assembly – also knocked on its doors. “Voter contact is the way you get votes,” he said local subsidiary of NPR.