In the demanding campaign for the U.S. presidency, Democratic candidate Joe Biden is generating increasing concern about his public performances, and his national press secretary, TJ Ducklo, was not much help in an interview.
Ducklo nervously avoided the question of whether Biden relied on a teleprompter to answer reporters during his interviews. It happened in a conversation with Fox News anchor Bret Baier on Sept. 10.
The video that has been retweeted thousands of times shows that Baier does not relent to Ducklo’s avoidance, and poses the question three times, finally reaching the decisive dilemma of yes or no.
“Does Joe Biden ever use a teleprompter during local interviews or to answer questions from his supporters?” Baier asked Ducklo initially, to which Ducklo responded in a blunt manner.
“Bret, we are not going to, this is, this is straight from the Trump campaign … and what it does Bret, is it’s trying to distract the American people from the candidate,” Ducklo said.
Baier didn’t hesitate to repeat the question after a brief comment, and Ducklo continued his strategy of avoiding a direct answer.
“They talk about it every day Bret because they don’t have a coherent strategy,” Ducklo continued.
“Well, you have an answer: Yes or no?” Baier ended with another opportunity for Ducklo, which he also didn’t want to take.
Journalist JD Rucker shares that part of the interview between Baier and Ducklo, with his respective commentary.
“As @TDucklo should know, the correct answer is, “No, of course not. How can anyone who needs a teleprompter to answer questions be running for President of the United States?” tweeted Rucker, adding, “His non-answer is all the answer voters need.”
As @TDucklo should know, the correct answer is, “No, of course not. How can anyone who needs a teleprompter to answer questions be running for President of the United States?”
— JD Rucker (@JDRucker) September 11, 2020
On several occasions, Biden showed signs that he was indeed using a teleprompter to respond to interviews, and his campaign tries to have interviews conducted by highly selected journalists.
Also, the questions are often so basic and easy to answer that Trump highlighted this aspect, questioning journalists for asking questions as though they were speaking to children.
With just 50 days to go before the Nov. 3 presidential election, the pressure is mounting inexorably on the two candidates, President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.
In Biden’s case, his apparent mental fragility and his party’s undoubted commitment to the extreme left are the issues that most concern his voters.