June 28, 2019
A top fundraiser for Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign said he will no longer support the former vice president and warned that others may do the same.
Tom McInereney is a San Francisco-based attorney who was a lead bundler for former President Barack Obama. He informed Biden’s team of his decision on June 20, according to CNBC.
This report follows what pundits have called an uneven debate performance by Biden in the Democratic debate. The former vice president’s controversial statements and past policy positions on civil rights and abortion were brought to light by his contenders who grilled him on the issues.
McInereney told CNBC that, “I had actually let the campaign know I’d pulled back my support for Biden now. I don’t think he did well last night.”
He followed up, warning that other fundraisers might also pull their support for Biden.
“I would imagine I’m not alone,” McInereney said.
In the second of the two-part Democratic debates, Senator Kamala Harris of California unleashed a barrage of criticisms against the former vice president for his resistance to federally enforced busing to desegregate public schools. Harris also lambasted Biden for comments he made earlier this month about his history of working with segregationist lawmakers while he was a senator.
Other candidates slammed the former vice president for his compromises with Republicans, his vote for the Iraq War, and suggesting he is unable to bridge the racial divide in the U.S.
In response, Biden said that he “never, ever opposed voluntary busing” and has “always been in favor of using federal authority to overcome state-initiated segregation.”
“I know and you know, I fought my heart out to ensure that civil rights and voting rights, equal rights are enforced everywhere,” said Biden.
In April, Biden raised $6.3 million in just 24 hours after his official announcement to run for president. Former Representative from Texas Beto O’Rourke raised $6.1 million, while Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders raised $5.9 million and Kamala Harris raised $1.5 million.
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump raised nearly $25 million in less than 24 hours, according to Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel.
– MK. II