As summer ends and the competition for the 2020 Democratic U.S. presidential nomination switches into the next gear, former VP Joe Biden’s precarious position atop the vast area stands to be tested under much more stress.
Biden, 76, has consistently maintained a lead over his opponents. However, his political campaign has been tormented by doubts over his age, fitness for office and whether, as a moderate, he could be a standard-bearer for a party that has grown more and more liberal.
Labor Day serves as the traditional highlighter for the White House race to accentuate, with five months to go until the first nominating contest – February in Iowa – in the state-by-state technique of picking the party’s nominee to challenge Republican President Donald Trump in the November 2020 presidential election.
Democrats enter the next phase of the competition lacking a real consensus candidate, one who can unite a party split along ideological and generational lines.
While Biden enjoys widespread fame, recognition because of his eight years as Barack Obama’s VP and a long Senate career before that, he stands to endure as voters begin to concentrate on other candidates, by strategists.
That will open the door wider for his closest rivals, U.S. Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren – or another rival – to capture momentum.
The Democratic field contracted a bit in August, with U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand eliminating last week. However, 20 contenders continue to compete for the nomination.
Jeff Link, a longtime Democratic strategist in Iowa, compared the primary-season campaign with an American football game and said Labor Day marks the beginning of second half.