President Joe Biden is reportedly considering a return to the ‘basement’ campaign strategy employed during the 2020 election in 2024. The campaign team cites the increased online presence of Americans with phones and computers, emphasizing the importance of reaching them digitally alongside in-person efforts.
Biden campaign has “spent more than $50 million on TV and digital ads in swing states this year — and next to nothing on local organizers to begin reaching voters in person,” which is a major departure from previous campaigns.
“The ad-heavy strategy — with unprecedented spending by an incumbent this early — is a departure from Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, which invested millions assembling an army of organizers in swing states to contact voters up to 18 months before that election,” Axios noted further.
“Today’s political organizing environment is dramatically different from 2011 and even from 2019, and we are building a campaign to win next November — not past elections,” Biden campaign spokesperson Seth Schuster said.
“What Obama was able to generate was unique to him,” one Obama veteran said.
However, some, including both supporters and critics of Biden, might view the ad-heavy strategy as an attempt to reduce the need for Biden to deliver in-person campaign speeches, especially considering growing concerns about his mental capacity.
A video compilation released by the Republican National Committee on social media this week presents a troubling image of a commander-in-chief experiencing a decline in mental acuity. The montage features clips of Biden struggling with speech, mumbling, and at times, appearing to forget his thoughts, along with instances where he seems confused and rambling.
The deterioration of Biden’s mental condition has become a significant concern for voters, with one physician expressing doubts earlier this fall about his ability to pass a basic mental exam. Dr. Carole Lieberman, known for her appearances on Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Phil, Fox News, and CNN, emphasized that voters should not solely focus on Biden’s age—he’s currently 80, and he would be 82 on Inauguration Day if re-elected next year.
She said that there is “talk about Biden being too old to run, which isn’t really the case.”
“It’s not about his being too old,” she said, according to The Western Journal. “There are people a lot older who have their marbles and are very intelligent and know history and are able to know how to put this country in a good direction.
“So it’s not age. … It’s about his competency,” Lieberman continued. “If he took the test that I was offering him — this mini-mental status test, or some other kind of test of competency — there’s no way he would pass.”
He couldn’t even answer “Who is the president of the United States?!”
Lieberman was referring to a mini-mental state exam that is “an 11-question measure that tests five areas of cognitive function: orientation, registration, attention and calculation, recall, and language,” according to the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing.
This is Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr.
He’s not playing with a full deck.
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) November 13, 2023
The informal evaluation comes as Biden’s mental state and capacity continue to decline in the eyes of millions of Americans.
In numerous surveys conducted over the past year, a significant majority of voters have consistently expressed doubts about Biden’s ability to serve another term due to concerns about his mental fitness.
The most recent example is a Harvard Harris Poll from August, revealing a growing perception that Biden is no longer mentally fit to serve as commander-in-chief, especially as Trump remains a dominant figure among Republican candidates.
According to the late July poll, only 32 percent of respondents believed Biden was mentally fit for the presidency, while a substantial 68 percent harbored doubts about his mental acuity.