Campaigning in a Time of Coronavirus

In Place of Rallies, Campaigns Go Virtual

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ema updated 5/12/20 - By the second week in March 2020, the coronavirus outbreak had really started to impact the presidential campaigns.  The Biden and Sanders campaigns canceled March 10 rallies in Cleveland, the first of many such cancellations.  The DNC eliminated the audience for its March 15 debate and moved it from Phoenix to DC.  The Trump campaign likewise canceled events.  Campaign staff were directed to work from home, affecting both headquarters and field offices out in the states.1  Campaigns went virtual, holding online and livestreamed town halls, press briefings, fundraisers, fireside chats and even rallies. 

It is difficult to imagine how the Democratic nominating campaign would have been conducted had the pandemic hit months earlier when there was an intense focus on retail politicking in the early states and multiple candidates were vying for attention, but b
y March 17, the race between Biden and Sanders was seen as largely settled, although Sanders remained a candidate until suspending his campaign on April 8. 

Unable to hold MAGA rallies, President Trump used his White House briefing to speak to a large audience.  The approached seemed to be working for a while—Trump touted the briefings' ratings—but his musings on using a very power light and disinfectant in his April 23 briefing hurt him.  News reports indicate Trump is itching to resume his rallies.

With coronavirus dominating the news, President Trump's White House briefings garnering significant attention, and governors on the frontlines,
2 Biden and Sanders  faced the challenge of remaining relevant. 

Sanders was a candidate until April 8, and his campaign was somewhat adventurous, incorporating musical performances in several of his events and raising money to help those impacted by the pandemic.

Biden had a studio built in the recreation room in his home in Deleware.  On March 23 he led off with a speech on coronavirus from the newly built studio; the appearance drew notice for being marred by several gaffes.  Biden has contined doing virtual press briefings,  and other events from the basement.  On March 30 the campaign launched a "Here's The Deal" podcast to provide "a voice of clarity during uncertain times."  Biden has also been doing virtual fundraisers about every other day (+).  Biden in his basement has become one of the tropes of the 2020 campaign.  Biden is a very hands on campaigner, so has had to adjust to the virtual campaign.  The basement campaign does not seem to be doing Biden's candidacy any harm and may actually be helpful in providing a carefully controlled setting that reduces gaffes.  At some point between now and November he will re-emerge.

Both parties are considering various options for holding their conventions.  President Trump has expressed surety that the Republican Convention will proceed. 
Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested the possibility of Democrats holding their convention in a large stadium so as to allow for social distancing.  Still it seems quite possible that the events in Milwaukee and Charlotte may be replaced by virtual events.

Meanwhile the two campaigns have effectively set up their own mini-broadcast networks.  Starting early April the Trump campaign has presented a weekly broadcast schedule, and by the latter part of the month both the Trump and Biden campaigns were offering daily or near daily online live programming and events.  This is something of a new development in presidential campaigning.

1. Biden for President March 11, 2020 press release.

Biden for President
April 20, 2020

Biden for President Announces “SOUL of the Nation Saturday” for Campaign’s One Year Anniversary 

On Saturday, April 25, Campaign Will Launch Nationwide Organizing Effort in Service of Those Leading the Fight Against COVID-19 

Vice President Biden entered the race a year ago with an announcement that this election is about more than just politics, but about the soul of this country. To commemorate the one year anniversary of this campaign, we are asking Americans to come together and join Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden for "SOUL (Service Outreach Unity Leadership) of the Nation Saturday" by taking action to help support their communities. 

This Saturday, our campaign will be organizing events and actions in all 50 states to support first responders, frontline workers, and other heroes in our communities with actions big and small. We are calling on every American to join in: post a sign in your window thanking heroes in your community, call your neighbors just to check in, write a letter to frontline workers, organize a food drive, or host a virtual community meeting to give other an opportunity to share the good work already happening in your community.

In announcing the day of action, Vice President Joe Biden released the following statement:

“In the midst of our current crisis, the incredible grit and spirit of the American people is shining through. Doctors, nurses, other health care professionals, and frontline workers are putting their lives on the line every day to keep us safe and keep us healthy. Essential workers are keeping our grocery stores shelves stocked. They keep our public transit operating. They keep the power on at the hospitals. They keep all of these places sanitary. Through acts of charity and community big and small, from sewing masks to stepping outside each night to cheer on these workers, Americans are showing up for each other.” 

In the coming days, Biden for President will mobilize every department of our campaign to organize this effort and announce additional events and special guests who will participate. 


Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.
April 19, 2020

Trump Campaign Announces the Online Broadcast Schedule for the Week of April 20, 2020

Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. had another week in which each of its digital broadcasts had over one million unique views. For a recap of last week's broadcasts, watch our week in review here. A schedule of upcoming events can be viewed below.

Team Trump Online Broadcast Schedule

Note: Team Trump Online! Q&A Featuring Lara Trump and Brad Parscale​ has been moved to Saturday, April 25 at 8:00 pm (EDT).

Black Voices for Trump Real Talk Online
Monday, April 20 at 8:00 pm (EDT)

Evangelicals for Trump Online
Tuesday, April 21 at 8:00 pm (EDT)

Team Trump Online!
Wednesday, April 22 at 8:00 pm (EDT)

Team Trump Online! Featuring Second Lady Karen Pence and Lara Trump
Thursday, April 23 at 8:00 pm (EDT)

Team Trump Online! Triggered Featuring Donald Trump Jr.
Friday, April 24 at 8:00 pm (EDT)

Team Trump Online! Q&A Featuring Lara Trump and Brad Parscale
Saturday, April 25 at 8:00 pm (EDT)

War Room Weekly
Sunday, April 26 at 8:00 pm (EDT)

Veterans for Trump Online Battle Brief
Monday, April 27 at 8:00 pm (EDT)

Team Trump is harnessing its groundbreaking digital and data operations to offer a diverse series of online events while ensuring the highest degree of safety during the coronavirus outbreak. The online broadcasts feature top campaign surrogates who will engage and mobilize voters. These events will stream on Team Trump’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts, on the Donald J. Trump Facebook, YouTube, and Twitch accounts, and at

Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.
April 13, 2020

Trump Campaign Announces its Online Broadcast Schedule for the Week of April 13, 2020

Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. had another week in which each of its digital broadcasts had over one million unique views. For a recap of last week's broadcasts, watch our week in review here.

Below is the online event schedule for the week of April 13, 2020. The broadcasts will stream on Team Trump’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts, on the Donald J. Trump Facebook, YouTube, and Twitch accounts, and at A schedule of the upcoming events can be viewed below.

Team Trump Online Broadcast Schedule

Veterans for Trump Online Battle Brief
Monday, April 13 at 8:00 pm (EDT)

Team Trump Online! Featuring Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle
Tuesday, April 14 at 8:00 pm (EDT)

Women for Trump Empower Hour
Wednesday, April 15 at 8:00 pm (EDT)

Keep America Great Featuring Lara Trump
Thursday, April 16 at 8:00 pm (EDT)

Army for Trump Boot Camp Online
Friday, April 17 at 8:00 pm (EDT)

Team Trump Online Featuring Lara Trump
Saturday, April 18 at 8:00 pm (EDT)

War Room Weekly
Sunday, April 19 at 8:00 pm (EDT)

Black Voices for Trump Real Talk Online
Monday, April 20 at 8:00 pm (EDT)

Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.
April 9, 2020

Trump Campaign & RNC Reach 17 Million Voters During Social Distancing

Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. and the Republican National Committee (RNC) are using their unprecedented virtual and digital campaign tools to shatter voter contact records, even during the global coronavirus crisis.  Since going to an all-virtual campaign on March 13th, Trump Victory volunteers have made 17 million phone calls to voters and added over 276,000 new volunteers.  

Through the online "Trump Talk" tool, Trump Victory, the RNC and Trump 2020 Campaign's joint field operation, can safely empower its volunteer base of nearly one million individuals across the country. Last week alone, Trump Victory hosted 600 trainings and volunteers made virtually 4 million voter contacts.  

“The Trump Campaign has made a seamless transition to virtual campaigning in accordance with coronavirus safety protocols. While President Trump is fighting the coronavirus, the campaign and RNC are able to reach more voters than ever to ensure that all Americans know about the President’s leadership and determination in the face of this crisis," said Brad Parscale, Trump 2020 Campaign Manager.  

After switching to an entirely virtual operation, the Trump Campaign and RNC are still on track to surpass the voter contact numbers from the 2016 and 2018 election cycles.

States across the country are amassing coverage from the campaign's smooth transition to virtual trainings: California, Georgia, Nevada, Iowa, Maine, New Mexico, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and New Hampshire.

Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.
April 5, 2020

Updated: Trump Campaign Announces the Online Broadcast Schedule for the Week of April 6, 2020

Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. today announced its online broadcast schedule for the week of April 6, 2020. Team Trump is harnessing its groundbreaking digital and data operations to offer a diverse series of online events while ensuring the highest degree of safety during the coronavirus outbreak. The online broadcasts will feature top campaign surrogates who will engage and mobilize voters. These events will stream on Team Trump’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts, on the Donald J. Trump Facebook, YouTube, and Twitch accounts, and at A schedule of the upcoming events can be viewed below.

Team Trump Online Broadcast Schedule

Black Voices for Trump Online!
Monday, April 6 at 8:00 pm (EDT)

Team Trump Online!
Tuesday, April 7 at 8:00 pm (EDT)

American Heroes Series
Wednesday, April 8 at 1:00 pm (EDT)

Women for Trump Empower Hour
Thursday, April 9 at 1:00 pm (EDT)

Team Trump Online!
Friday, April 10 at 8:00 pm (EDT)

War Room Weekly
Saturday, April 11 at 8:00 pm (EDT)  launched March 30, 2020

Biden for President
March 25 Virtual Press Briefing - Closer shot, no campaign sign, better lighting. 

Bernie 2020
March 24, 2020

NEWS: Sanders to Livestream Coronavirus Town Hall with Rep. Jayapal and Public Health Experts

Featuring Music from Sarah Lee Guthrie

WASHINGTON – Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday will livestream a coronavirus town hall with Bernie 2020 Health Policy Chair Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) and public health experts.

Following a conversation with Rep. Jayapal, who serves as co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, about the latest Congressional action on the crisis, Sanders will be joined by public health experts Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, Dr. Rishi Desai, and Dr. Joia Stapleton Mukherjee to discuss what the public should know about the pandemic and what we need to do to stop it. Sarah Lee Guthrie will also perform during the stream.

Dr. El-Sayed is a physician, epidemiologist, public health expert, and former health commissioner for the City of Detroit.

Dr. Rishi Desai is a former Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer in the Division of Viral Diseases at the CDC, a Pediatric Infectious Disease Attending Physician, and is currently the chief medical officer of Osmosis, a healthcare education platform.

Dr. Mukherjee is Associate Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Associate Professor of Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and since 2000 has served as the Chief Medical Officer of Partners In Health.

Livestream available at

Tuesday, March 24
8:00 p.m EST. Sanders Livestreams Coronavirus Town Hall

Biden for President
March 23, 2020

Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by Vice President Joe Biden on Combating Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Good morning. 
I hope you and your family are doing well in these difficult, anxious, and confusing times. 
Like all families, the Biden family is adjusting to new ways: less time together, more worrying about friends and relatives, concern about those isolated – or suffering – due to the coronavirus. 
As Americans, we may be physically apart, but we are truly all in this together.
And let me say something right up front: When we have stood as one, this nation has never been defeated. And we are not going to be defeated now.
The pandemic of 1918. The Great Depression. Two World Wars. 9/11.
We overcame them all.
And out of each crisis – we emerged stronger.
And we will again.
This new enemy may be unseen – but we have the tools, the expertise, and, most important, the will and the spirit to defeat it.
But we need to move – and we need to move fast.
It matters for the public health. And it matters for our economy.
Later today, you will hear from the President in his daily briefing.
These briefings are an important opportunity to inform and reassure the American people
They’re not a place for political attacks. Or to lash out at the press.
They’re about the American people.
So I hope today and in the days ahead, the president will give us the unvarnished truth. That’s what the American people need and deserve.
I hope he lets medical experts and FEMA leaders and others carrying out the work take center stage so we can hear directly from them.
And I hope we hear less talk and see more evidence of fast action.
My principal focus today – and every day – will be on what we should do to get this response fixed, to save lives, and to provide economic assistance to the tens of millions of Americans who need it now – and who will need it in the weeks and months ahead.
It starts with adopting a mindset of real urgency.
For too long, the warning signs were ignored.
For too long the Administration said the threat was “under control," “contained," like a “flu.” The president says no one saw this coming. That’s just not true.
Our own intelligence officials were warning of the coronavirus threat in January.
Just based on public information, I warned that this threat would get worse way back on January 27, and urged the need to put science first, draw on emergency funds to get the response started, and think about invoking disaster powers to respond.
Many of us talked about the need to get U.S. scientists on the ground in China to see first-hand what was happening, rather than relying solely on China.
My point is not simply that the president was wrong.
My point is that the mindset that was slow to recognize the problem and treat it with the seriousness it deserves, is still too much a part of how the president is addressing the problem.
South Korea detected their first case of coronavirus on the same day that we did. 
But they had tests and a sophisticated tracing program to stop the spread of the virus,
so they didn’t have to put the country on lockdown. 
We had none of that. 
So we are left with only the extreme social distancing measures currently in place. 
That’s a failure of planning and preparation by this White House.
Today, months later, Americans who need to be tested still have no access to tests
in many parts of the country. And in many places, our health care system teeters on the brink of collapse. 
Hospital beds are filling. Doctors and nurses are already running out of critical equipment.
The federal government needs to coordinate getting medical supplies out to every corner of our country so we don’t have governors competing against one another.  
As late as yesterday, we are being told that the president still has not activated his authority under the Defense Production Act to direct American manufacturers to make essential supplies.
Trump keeps saying he’s a wartime president— well, then, he should act like one.
To paraphrase a frustrated President Lincoln writing to an inactive General McLellan during the Civil War: “If you don’t want to use the army, may I borrow it?”
We need to get in motion today what should have been set in motion weeks ago.
Any public health expert will tell you that in a crisis like this you can’t move too fast – you can only move too slow.
Let me be clear: Donald Trump is not to blame for the coronavirus. But he does bear responsibility for our response.
And I, along with every American, hope he steps up and starts to get this right.
This isn’t about politics.
There is simply too much at stake – too many lives, too many livelihoods, too many homes and families and businesses and communities at risk.
I’ve laid out a very detailed, in-depth plan for what we should do. You can read it all on 
We need immediate action –on testing, on research for treatments and vaccines, on leading a global response to beat the virus everywhere.  
But today, I want to focus on just four key areas for action.
First, the President must take immediate steps to increase the capacity of our health care system to treat the sickest coronavirus patients, safely. 
I’m glad the president has finally activated the National Guard.

Now we need the Armed Forces and the National Guard to help with hospital capacity, supplies, and logistics. 

We need to activate a reserve corps of doctors and nurses to beef up the number of responders dealing with this crush of cases, and allow doctors and nurses trained abroad, not currently at work in the U.S., to temporarily work alongside our overburdened health care providers.
Second, the President must use the Defense Production Act to radically increase the supply of critical goods needed to treat patients and protect our health care workers and first responders, including protective gear like face masks, and critical equipment like ventilators so desperately needed in our hospitals. 
It means working with our allies and partners to get supplies from overseas when available, and dispatching U.S. military assets to retrieve them quickly. 
It means federal coordination of the supply chain to accelerate deliveries and get them to the right places. And much more.
We are the nation that built the arsenal of democracy in the 1940s. We can make personal protective equipment for health care workers in 2020.
Third, the President needs to end the infighting and bickering in his own administration, listen to the scientists, and provide clear guidance. 
The American people are not getting clear leadership, clear action, or clear accountability.
Management matters in a crisis. I've been there in the Situation Room. There are thousands of steps that need to be taken, all at once. 
You need to be planning not just for today and tomorrow, but for the day after.  
Is this White House actively planning for what it will take for America to begin to return to something resembling normal life?  
Just waiting and seeing isn’t going to cut it.
What are the conditions required? What capacities should be in place? What protections and protocols do we need to ensure the virus doesn't simply start spreading again?  
They need to start planning now, so the current measures stay in place for as long as they are needed, but not longer.  
And fourth, the President needs to set the right priorities for our economic response. 
Our guiding principle must be to keep everyone paid through this crisis.
We should be doing everything in our power to keep workers on payrolls,
make small businesses healthy, and help the economy come out the other side strong.

The Federal Government should provide the resources to make that happen, while still protecting the American taxpayer.
Unfortunately, as of last night, President Trump and Mitch McConnell were offering a plan that let big corporations off the hook. They proposed a $500 billion slush fund for corporations, with almost no conditions.

Under their plan, the Trump Administration could even allow companies to use taxpayers’ money for stock buybacks and executive pay packages.
They wouldn’t have to make commitments to keep workers employed.
They wouldn’t even have to tell Americans where the money goes for months. 
Today, there are active efforts to fix this bill so it focuses on workers and families
and small businesses rather than no-strings corporate bailouts.
Here’s my bottom line: Millions of small businesses, like the family-run restaurant
that is trying to stay open and pay its workers – they should get the funds they need.
Big companies will need help, too — but no blank checks.
If corporations take money from taxpayers, they have to make a commitment that they will keep workers on payroll.
The worker who is seeing their wages slashed — they need to be made whole. 
Those who do lose jobs – they need strong, sustained, unemployment benefits, whether they are a gig worker or a full-time employee. 
The family that will go hungry tonight – they need food on the table. 
Social Security checks need to be boosted.
Student debt should be forgiven. 
Cash relief needs to go out fast to all of the people who need it the most. 
We can act quickly and together. 
We can put the politics aside to meet this moment, like Governors all across the nation.
Mike Dewine in Ohio, Larry Hogan in Maryland, Charlie Baker in Massachusetts.
Gavin Newsom in California, Jay Inslee in Washington, Gretchen Witmer in Michigan.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s briefings are a lesson in leadership.
Republicans and Democrats — all are rising to the moment, putting aside politics to do what needs to be done. 
But they all are looking to the federal government for more help.
Finally, it’s worth noting that today is the 10th anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act. I'm proud of the role I played, alongside President Obama, in bringing Obamacare into law. And I'm proud of its record of achievement. 
But also today, in the middle of one of the biggest public health emergencies in generations, the White House and Republican attorneys general are actively pursuing a lawsuit to invalidate the ACA in court. 
They are working to strip millions of Americans of their health care and tens of millions of their protections for pre-existing conditions.  
I sent them a letter this morning, with a simple request: Withdraw this lawsuit. End this effort to take away people’s health care. 

This is not the moment to add additional uncertainty and fear in this nation or to let politics trump doing what is right. Give Americans peace of mind.
In a crisis, character is revealed — and each day we are seeing the courage and heart of Americans shine through.  
Our military, our first responders, our doctors, nurses and health care workers, of course. 
But also those who we don’t think about as much: the grocery store workers; the mail and package carriers; the workers manufacturing the gear we need, keeping delivery trucks on the road, cooking meals to deliver, and tending our elderly loved ones; the journalists who keep us up to date and hold leaders accountable; the government officials working on this problem, and so many more.
They are putting it all on the line for us. We need to give them all the help they need now. And we need to be sure we never forget what they’ve done.
Let me close with this thought: Deep in the heart of every American, there burns a flame. It’s an inheritance from every generation of Americans that has come before us. It’s why we have overcome every crisis we have ever faced before. It’s what makes this nation special and why we stand apart.
That flame is not going to be extinguished in this moment.
If our leadership does its part, the American people will do their part.
Because here’s the simple truth: The American people have never, ever let this country down.
So, we need to get moving, and moving fast. 

This is the United States of America, and there’s not a single thing we can’t do — if we do it together. Thank you.


On March 21 Biden tweeted this 4:25 video featuring Biden advisor Ron Klain, who served as the Obama-Biden Ebola response coordinator.

Biden for President
March 21, 2020

See also:
Marc Caputo.  "Biden plans shadow coronavirus briefings."  
Politico, Mar. 20, 2020.
Hanna Trudo.  "How Joe Biden Will Counteract Trump's Virus Media Circus."  The Daily Beast, Mar. 20, 2020.

Bernie 2020
March 21, 2020

NEWS: Sanders Campaign Raises More Than $2 Million in 48 Hours to Fight Coronavirus 

BURLINGTON, Vt. – Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign on Saturday announced that in the last 48 hours it raised more than $2 million for five charities on the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak.

"What we've seen in the last two days is the definition of fighting for someone you don’t know,'" Bernie 2020 Digital Fundraising Director Robin Curran said. "The people supporting this campaign have made more than 50,000 donations to help those most impacted by coronavirus because they understand that now more than ever it is important that we are in this together."

The Sanders campaign sent emails and text messages to raise funds for Meals on Wheels, No Kid Hungry, Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund, One Fair Wage Emergency Fund, and the National Domestic Workers Alliance.

In the coming days, the campaign plans to raise money for more places doing critical work in the fight against coronavirus.

Biden for President
March 19, 2020

Daily Guidance for Friday, March 20

On Friday, March 20, Joe Biden will participate in a virtual Biden for President finance event, which will be pooled press. 


By Ken Thomas, Wall Street Journal.

Former Vice President Joe Biden held his first virtual fundraiser since the start of the coronavirus pandemic on Friday evening with New Jersey donors through a Zoom video conference. (The campaign said he had previously held two other virtual fundraisers, on Nov. 5 and Dec. 5). It was his first fundraiser since March 9 in Detroit; recent fundraisers that had been planned for Florida, Illinois and New York were pulled down because of the outbreak. The campaign did not provide the total amount raised from the event or how much donors paid to participate.
Mr. Biden was seated on a dark brown leather couch in his home in Wilmington, Del., and spoke for roughly 10 minutes. He was dressed in his typical campaign attire, wearing a blue open-collared shirt and a dark blue sports jacket with an American flag pin on his lapel. Behind Mr. Biden, viewers could see a tall white bookcase containing books and framed family photographs. A lamp was located to his right. The sound of a barking dog occasionally could be heard in the background.
The fundraiser was organized by Bobbi Brown, the founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics.
Attendees included Rep. Tom Malinowski, D-N.J., Bob Gordon, a former New Jersey state senator and a commissioner of the state Board of Public Utilities, and Michael Kempner, a New York public relations executive.

Marc Caputo.  "Biden plans shadow coronavirus briefings."  Politico, Mar. 20, 2020.
Hanna Trudo.  "How Joe Biden Will Counteract Trump's Virus Media Circus."  The Daily Beast, Mar. 20, 2020.

Bernie 2020
March 17, 2020

NEWS: Bernie 2020 Digital Rally, Fireside Chat, and Pre-Debate Program Receive 5.3 Million Views

WASHINGTON – In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic that has forced presidential campaigns to retire rallies, close campaign offices, and turn to organizing online, Bernie 2020 delivered three unprecedented digital events in three days, which amassed 5.3 million views in total.

“Our digital organizing infrastructure is unmatched, and in this moment of fear and uncertainty, we are proud to be able to speak directly to Americans and bring art, music and community into their homes,” said Faiz Shakir, Bernie 2020 Campaign Manager.
Sen. Sanders’ fireside chat, which he hosted as a livestream from his home in Burlington to discuss his vision for the country and take questions from supporters, has been viewed more than 2.8 million times.
Ahead of Sunday’s presidential debate, the campaign held a policy-focused, hour-long program, which has received more than 1 million views, featuring environmental activist and Bernie 2020 national surrogate Naomi Klein, health care expert Michael Lighty, Deputy Director of People’s Action and affordable housing expert Bree Carlson, and members of the Sunrise Movement.

On the eve of Tuesday’s primary elections, Bernie 2020’s digital rally drew 1.6 million views. The event featured live remarks from Sen. Sanders, and performances by Neil Young, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, and the Free Nationals.

Bernie 2020
March 16, 2020

UPDATE: Bernie 2020 to Livestream Digital Rally

Featuring special guests Neil Young and Daryl Hannah and musical performances by Jim James of My Morning Jacket and the Free Nationals
WASHINGTON – Ahead of tomorrow’s primary elections, Bernie 2020 will livestream a digital rally featuring special guests Neil Young and Daryl Hannah and musical performances by Jim James of My Morning Jacket and the Free Nationals. The program will feature remarks from Sen. Bernie Sanders and national surrogates from March 17th states including National Co-Chair and former Ohio State Sen. Nina Turner, Illinois State Chair Rep. Jesus “Chuy” García, Arizona State Co-Chair Brianna Westbrook and Florida resident and Senior Advisor Phillip Agnew.

“The Free Nationals are stoked to be performing at Monday’s digital rally for Senator Sanders’ bid for president,” Kelsey Gonzalez of the Free Nationals said. “His progressive positions on universal health care, immigration and education make him the clear choice for us in the primaries. We’re looking forward to supporting him tomorrow.”

“There are so many of us that just want to find common ground with all living beings so that we can move forward together as a world to live in peace, good health, and equality. Bernie speaks and lives the truth and has worked his entire life fighting for truth and justice- bringing people together for the common good and that is why I believe he can help unite us now,” said Jim James.

Livestream available at

Monday, March 16
7:00 p.m. EST Bernie 2020 Digital Rally featuring Sen. Bernie Sanders, special guests Neil Young and Daryl Hannah and musical performances by Jim James of My Morning Jacket and the Free Nationals
Information for the public: This event is free to the public. Tickets are not required, but an RSVP is encouraged.

Bernie 2020
March 15, 2020

NEWS: Bernie 2020 to Livestream Pre-Debate Show

Policy Experts, Activists and Celebrities to Discuss Core Policies of Sanders’ Platform Ahead of Tonight’s Debate
WASHINGTON – Ahead of this evening’s presidential debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, Bernie 2020 will livestream a pre-debate show featuring environmental activist and Bernie 2020 national surrogate Naomi Klein and health care expert Micheal Lighty, along with special celebrity guests. The hour-long event will be hosted by Bernie 2020 National Press Secretary Briahna Gray. Topics will include policy solutions to some of the greatest challenges facing America today.

Livestream available at

Sunday, March 15
7:00 p.m. EST Bernie 2020 Pre-Debate Show featuring Briahna Gray, Naomi Klein, Michael Lighty and Other Special Guests


Bernie 2020

March 14, 2020

 NEWS: Sanders to Livestream Fireside Chat

BURLINGTON, Vt. – In the tradition of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s fireside chats, Sen. Bernie Sanders on Saturday will host a livestream from his home in Burlington. He will discuss his vision for the country and take questions from supporters. 

Livestream available at

Saturday, March 14
7:30 p.m. Sen. Sanders Hosts Fireside Chat 


Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.
March 13, 2020

Trump Campaign & RNC Turn to Unprecedented Virtual and Digital Campaign Tools

Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. and the Republican National Committee (RNC) are turning to their unprecedented virtual and digital campaign tools to continue campaigning for President Trump while observing safe protocols during the coronavirus outbreak. Efforts will include holding virtual events with top surrogates, utilizing online platforms to train thousands of members of the Trump Neighborhood Team, activating the massive volunteer network to make calls to rally support for the President in states voting soon, and increasing online voter registration efforts of Trump rally attendees identified as not currently registered to vote.
Next week’s campaign efforts will kick off with a National Day of Action and National Week of Training. All activities will be conducted in a virtual setting.  During National Week of Training, the team will focus on training new volunteers on call-from-home applications. These trainings will help with Get Out The Vote efforts ahead of primaries and the November general election. On the National Day of Action, the campaign and RNC will activate all of the supporters trained during National Week of Training for a super Saturday call day.
“The Trump campaign’s data and technology operation is the most sophisticated in history, so we’re better positioned to virtually engage voters than any other campaign,” said Brad Parscale, Trump campaign manager. “We have a huge advantage over Democrats and are well on our way toward our goal of two million trained volunteers, which means we already have a massive army we can mobilize to help re-elect the President.”

“With our field organization largely built out and over half a million volunteers already engaged, we are in an incredibly strong position to activate an aggressive digital and virtual political operation," said Ronna McDaniel, RNC Chairwoman. "We are all systems go on continuing the work of re-electing President Trump and supporting Republicans up and down the ballot.”

Earlier this month, the Trump campaign also launched Army for Trump, a website dedicated to recruiting and mobilizing Americans across the country who are committed to fighting to re-elect President Trump. The Army for Trump website features step-by-step instructions and short videos explaining a variety of ways supporters can become equipped with the tools needed to get involved with the campaign.
Biden for President
March 12, 2020

Joe Biden to Hold Virtual Town Hall with Illinois

On Friday, March 13, Joe Biden will hold a virtual town hall with community members in Illinois. Biden will lay out his vision for America and listen to voters’ concerns and ideas around restoring the soul of the nation, rebuilding the middle class, and unifying the country.

March 12, 2020
By CNN Staff

CNN: Democratic debate moved from Arizona to Washington, DC, over coronavirus concerns, DNC announces

The Democratic debate scheduled for Sunday will be moved from Arizona to Washington, DC, the Democratic National Committee announced Thursday.
"Out of an abundance of caution and in order to reduce cross-country travel, all parties have decided that the best path forward is to hold Sunday's debate at CNN's studio in Washington, D.C., with no live audience," DNC communications director Xochitl Hinojosa said in a statement.
Additionally, Univision's Jorge Ramos was possibly exposed to coronavirus. While he is not exhibiting any symptoms, he has has stepped down from his role as one of the moderators for the debate, the DNC said. The network's Ilia Calderón will take his place, alongside CNN's Dana Bash and Jake Tapper. The debate is still set to take place 8 to 10 p.m. ET Sunday.
"Both Mr. Ramos and the person he was in contact with are in good health and symptom free," Hinojosa said. "Despite being cleared by medical professionals and out of an abundance of caution, Jorge has decided to step aside from participating in the upcoming March 15 Democratic debate."
"Our number one priority has and will continue to be the safety of our staff, campaigns, and all those involved in the debate."
The news comes as the coronavirus pandemic grows and disrupts major events across the US.
The debate partners had previously announced that there would be no live audience, press filing center or spin room at the event.
The debate will air exclusively live on CNN, CNN en Español, CNN International, and Univision at 8 p.m. ET. The debate will stream live in its entirety, without requiring log-in to a cable provider, on's homepage, across mobile devices via CNN's apps for iOS and Android, and via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast and Android TV, as well as Univision's digital properties. The full debate will be available exclusively the day following the airing on demand via cable/satellite systems, on CNNgo (at your desktop, smartphone, and tablets, and via CNNgo OTT apps), and CNN mobile apps on iOS and Android.



March 10, 2020


CNN’s top priority is the safety of our employees and community members. This extends to guests planning to attend or cover our debate on March 15th. At the request of the campaigns and out of an abundance of caution, we have made the decision to eliminate the debate live audience, the press filing center and spin room in Phoenix. We encourage you to tune in to the debate at 8pmET.

Biden for President
March 11, 2020

Biden for President Announces Public Health Advisory Committee

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues, Biden for President today is announcing the formation of a Public Health Advisory Committee to provide science-based, expert advice regarding steps the campaign should take to minimize health risks for the candidate, staff, and supporters. The campaign’s top priority is and will continue to be the health and safety of the public. Members of the committee will provide ongoing counsel to the campaign, which will in turn continue to update the public regarding operational decisions.

Biden for President Public Health Advisory Committee Members:

  • Dr. Zeke Emanuel, Vice Provost of Global Initiatives and University Professor, Perelman School of Medicine and The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Rebecca Katz, Associate Professor, the Department of Microbiology & Immunology and Co-Director of the Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University
  • Dr. David Kessler, Former Commissioner, U.S. Food & Drug Administration and Professor of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco
  • Lisa Monaco, Former Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Advisor to President Obama
  • Dr. Vivek Murthy, 19th Surgeon General of the United States
  • Dr. Irwin Redlener, Clinical Professor, Columbia University Mailman Public School of Health 
Note: University affiliations are for identification purposes only. 
For more information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding the coronavirus, please visit

Ed. - see also: Julia Manchester.  "Biden campaign staff to work from home amid coronavirus outbreak."  The Hill, March 12, 2020.

Biden for President
March 10, 2020

Statement from Biden for President Deputy Campaign Manager and Communications Director Kate Bedingfield

In accordance with guidance from public officials and out of an abundance of caution, our rally in Cleveland, Ohio tonight is cancelled. We will continue to consult with public health officials and public health guidance and make announcements about future events in the coming days. Vice President Biden thanks all of his supporters who wanted to be with us in Cleveland this evening. Additional details on where the Vice President will address the press tonight are forthcoming.


Bernie 2020
March 10, 2020

CANCELLATION: Bernie 2020 Cancels Cleveland Rally

WASHINGTON — In light of concerns about Coronavirus (COVID-19), Bernie 2020 is cancelling the Cleveland rally previously scheduled for Tuesday night in Ohio.
Including the below statement from Mike Casca, Bernie 2020 Communications Director:
Out of concern for public health and safety, we are canceling tonight’s rally in Cleveland. We are heeding the public warnings from Ohio state officials, who have communicated concern about holding large, indoor events during the coronavirus outbreak. Sen. Sanders would like to express his regret to the thousands of Ohioans who had planned to attend the event tonight.

All future Bernie 2020 events will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

Here are the event details:
Tuesday, March 10
CANCELLED -  Bernie 2020 Cleveland Rally with Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Nina Turner
Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland - 300 Lakeside Ave E, Cleveland, OH 44113

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