Biden hires Rufus Gifford as deputy campaign manager

Ballotpedia's Daily Presidential News Briefing
April 30, 2020: Joe Biden hired Rufus Gifford as his deputy campaign manager. Donald Trump will travel to Phoenix next week to visit an aerospace facility manufacturing medical equipment. blank    blankblank   

Ballotpedia is monitoring changes made to election dates and procedures in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Notable Quotes of the Day
“When the Republican who walks into the polls says, ‘I really don’t like Trump, but I hate to see what Biden would do instead,’ they can still cast their protest vote for [Justin] Amash. That’s why Democrats are more fearful.”

– Saul Anuzis, Republican consultant

“Speaking of home states, the one big question is what happens in Amash’s home state of Michigan. Clinton only lost it by 0.2 points. If 2020 is as close as 2016, then there is a shot that any small bump for Amash could affect the outcome of the election. Right now, though, Biden holds a significant lead in Michigan (8 points in a recent Fox News poll). Very few voters in recent Michigan polls have volunteered that they wanted a third party option. It’s plausible that would change with a named option like the congressman.”

– Harry Enten, CNN senior writer and analyst

Election Updates

  • Joe Biden announced his team of advisers overseeing the vice presidential vetting process: former Sen. Chris Dodd (Ct.), Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (Del.), Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and former counsel Cynthia Hogan.

  • Biden has hired Rufus Gifford, a former ambassador to Denmark in the Obama administration, as his deputy campaign manager. He will focus on finance and policy issues.

  • Donald Trump will travel to Phoenix on Tuesday to visit a Honeywell aerospace facility manufacturing medical equipment. It will be his first trip away from Washington, D.C., in more than a month.

  • The Trump campaign released a digital ad in 17 states featuring Democratic governors praising Trump’s response to the pandemic.

Flashback: April 30, 2016

President Barack Obama discussed the 2016 presidential candidates during his final speech at the White Houses Correspondents’ Dinner.blank

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