With just 40 days to go before the November election, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has once again called a “lid” on the day’s activities.
40 days until the election and the Biden campaign called a lid at 9:20 a.m.
— Jake Schneider (@jacobkschneider) September 24, 2020
40 days to go and Joe Biden calls a lid before 9:30am est.
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) September 24, 2020
Thursday’s 9:20 am call marked the 9th day — in the month of September alone — that the campaign has called a lid before noon.
Overall, Biden has called 9 lids in 24 days in September. We're less than 6 weeks to the election.
President Trump again has a packed schedule today, culminating with an event in Charlotte, NC and a rally in Jacksonville, FL tonight.
— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) September 24, 2020
BBC reporter Nick Bryant drew a comparison between the Biden campaign and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, saying, “Calling a lid so early in the day is extraordinary this close to an election. Reminds me of following Hillary Clinton in 2016, who had days when her handlers would hardly schedule any appearances. The campaign felt listless and complacent. Is Joe Biden falling into the same trap?”
It may not matter but if he loses this will be looked back on as a huge question mark, and it’s interesting you guys have zero curiosity about it.
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) September 24, 2020
The Daily Beast’s Sam Stein argued that the lids were being called in order for Biden prep for the upcoming debates.
People. Biden is doing debate prep. That's why he's calling lids. It's not that complicated.
— Sam Stein (@samstein) September 24, 2020
But as Biden himself said on Wednesday, he hadn’t really begun his debate prep and was planning to start that in earnest on Thursday.
Definitely think that's fair for today, but I found it very interesting when he said yesterday he hadn't been started full debate prep sessions yet in the other early lids because that had also been my assumption in previous weeks. https://t.co/SJK0cPH6Ds
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) September 24, 2020
The Biden campaign has often been criticized for refusing to take questions. “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace, who is set to moderate the first debate, called it “the damnedest thing” when none of the campaign surrogates made appearances on the Sunday shows ahead of the Democratic National Convention.
Author: Virginia Kruta
Source: Daily Caller: With Just 40 Days To Go, Biden Campaign Calls A ‘Lid’ Before 9:30 AM