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How Biden navigated pandemic politics to win the White House

Joe Biden
Posted at 2:45 AM, Nov 08, 2020

BY STEVE PEOPLES, BILL BARROW — Joe Biden's decision to step away from in-person campaigning this spring was without precedent in modern American politics.

In an era when voters are accustomed to seeing their presidential candidates constantly, the idea of a complete withdrawal was unthinkable.

It prompted ridicule from President Donald Trump, who constantly teased Biden for “hiding in his basement” and returned to large in-person events with far fewer precautions.

But it allowed Biden to define himself early on as a responsible foil to Trump, someone who could make difficult choices and serve as something of a role model to a country facing a historic set of crises.