Biden campaign puts lid on events until after Thursday debate

Former Vice President Joe Biden‘s presidential campaign called a lid on campaign events Sunday night until after Thursday’s debate with incumbent President Donald Trump.

When a candidate’s team “calls a lid,” they announce to the media that there will not be any campaign events, press conferences, and even interviews for a certain amount of time. While these typically last for only a single day, this one will last up through Thursday. Biden’s campaign states that he will be using the next few days back home in Delaware to prepare for his final debate with President Trump on Thursday evening.

This comes as Trump swings through multiple states with a full roster of in-person rallies and events, all while showing no signs of stopping or slowing down. Additionally, the former vice president is facing heat about the leaked emails from a New York Post exposé last week which alleges that his son Hunter exploited his father’s position at the time as vice president in his dealings abroad.

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While ahead of Trump in the national polls and in swing states, the margin of which has been dwindling slightly, Biden has relatively few campaign events scheduled with 15 days until Election Day. The only event this weekend that Biden is scheduled to hold is a car parade in Durham, North Carolina next Sunday, whereas Trump has four large rallies planned in four swing states.

As of Monday, over 29 million people have already cast their ballots, according to the U.S. Elections Project.

The next couple of weeks will be critical for both campaigns as they try to scrape up whatever undecided voters they can and motivate their bases to get out the vote.

The next and final presidential debate will air Thursday from 9 pm to 10:30 pm (Eastern Standard Time), and will take place in Nashville, Tennessee.

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