Ive had conversations about it but I cant say more than that, Warren said when asked about stumping for Bidens bill across the country. She did events in Massachusetts last week promoting the stimulus.
Sanders said when it comes to doing events for Biden, at this point the answer is no, but we’ll see I think theyre doing a great job.
Klobuchar and Warren have national followings owing to their 2020 primary runs. Sanders has one of the biggest fan bases in politics and has previously traveled into rural locations in Trump-voting states in order to sell progressive policies like minimum wage hikes and single payer health care. Sanders office reached out to the White House about travel to promote the stimulus package but has not heard back from the administration, according to a source familiar with the conversations.
The White House did not return a request for comment.
The prospects of a collaborative PR effort across the Democratic Party, including with Bidens former presidential rivals, reflects the urgency Democrats are bringing to the task of selling the stimulus bill. Its become an article of faith among members that they erred in 2009 by working with the GOP on a stimulus bill that was too small to deal with the economic crisis or be recognized by voters as being helpful to them. They also believe that the then-Obama White House didnt adequately explain the package to the public.
In 2010 the party lost its House majority and stayed in the minority there for eight years.
We negotiated that bill down to get Republican support and it didnt end up being big enough. So when we tried to explain the need to pass the Recovery Act, a lot of people didnt buy it because they didnt see how it affected their lives. Thats not going to happen this time, said Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), who served in the House then.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) hasnt been contacted by the White House to help sell the package in other parts of the country,but has started some efforts in his home state, according to a Senate aide. Manchin has penned eight local op-eds in the days since Biden signed the relief plan into law and his office plans to host Q&As with local officials after the Treasury Department issues guidelines on how the money allocated for localities to battle the pandemic and boost local industries can and cannot be spent.
As the White House looks to deploy House and Senate Democrats, Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are already crisscrossing the country to sell the bill themselves.
Biden traveled to Chester, Pennsylvania on Tuesday to highlight the aid delivered to small businesses in the plan, which directed billions of dollars to the Paycheck Protection Program and other grant programs. And Harris kicked off her part of the tour in Las Vegas, Nevada on Monday, visiting a vaccination site and with members of the culinary union.
I’m here also to make sure we get the word out, so folks know what they are entitled to receive, Harris told reporters during her trip on Monday. She added that it is supposed to be the job of your government to help when you need a little assistance to get over a moment of crisis you didnt create.