Biden’s bid to get back in the news is no easy task
The Biden campaign on Friday laid out its plans for winning the 2016 race, but the vice president faces some of the same challenges that he faced during his first run for the White House in 2008.
The Biden camp says its plans are to focus on the issue of gun violence, expand on his signature promise of making college tuition free, and put Biden’s signature issues like infrastructure and public safety at the forefront of his campaign.
Biden is still trying to win over young voters, and his campaign is making a concerted effort to reach out to minority voters, which the Biden camp views as key to winning in 2020.
In his final campaign speech on Tuesday, Biden used his final chance to address the gun violence epidemic.
“It’s no secret that I have a lot of questions about how to stop this,” Biden said.
“How do you get our kids safe and secure?
How do you keep the guns out of the hands of dangerous people?”
Biden is hoping that his message will resonate with voters and that he can win over white voters who have largely stayed away from the race.
The campaign says Biden’s focus on guns will be his top priority.
Biden has vowed to reinstate an assault weapons ban, make the background check system more stringent, and push for a ban on the sale of military-style weapons to civilians.
“We are going to fight for commonsense gun safety measures that don’t infringe on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans,” Biden campaign manager Josh Schwerin said.
Biden’s plan for gun violence has already been met with criticism from some on the left, including the National Rifle Association.
Biden said on Friday that he wants to “do everything I can to make sure the next generation of American gun owners can protect themselves and their families.”
Biden’s campaign will also focus on immigration reform, his signature issue, and immigration policy and will continue to push for more immigration to the United States.
In an interview on ABC News’ “This Week” on Sunday, Biden said that he would like to see Congress pass a bill that would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses and other benefits, but he said he does not have a “magic solution” to that issue.
“The bottom line is that we have to make it easier for people who have a criminal record to get a driver’s license, and that’s the bottom line,” Biden told ABC’s Martha Raddatz.
“I would hope that the president would be able to work with me and the Congress to make that happen.”
Biden has repeatedly said that a “path to citizenship” is necessary to make immigration reform happen, and he has repeatedly promised to push to make America a country that works for all Americans, regardless of their ethnicity.
The vice president is also expected to continue pushing for more gun safety reforms in the wake of the Charleston shooting, but his campaign said it will not be making a push to expand background checks on gun sales.
Biden told “This Time with George Stephanopoulos” on Friday morning that he is hopeful that Congress will act on background checks and gun safety reform.
Biden did not directly address whether or not he would seek to expand the background checks that the administration is allowing, but Biden said, “We will do everything we can to do everything that we can do in the United State of America to make things better.”