Democratic leaders for president such as Joe Biden skip the largest annual meeting of progressive activists and hand over the stage to Elizabeth Warren, who is steadily gaining ground in national elections.
Biden, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg and others choose not to attend a presidential forum organized by Daily Kos at the Netroots Nation conference on Saturday.
They have good reason to be careful, a progressive activist whose participation in the conference told DailyMail.com.
Sanders and another presidential candidate were harassed the last time they were in 2015 with Black Lives Matter activists who fascinated and interrupted them.
& # 39; I would be very nervous if I would advise a campaign about placing my candidate on that stage & # 39 ;, said the person.
Democratic leaders for president such as Joe Biden skip the largest annual meeting of progressive activists and hand over the stage to Elizabeth Warren, who is steadily gaining ground in national elections
The conference coincides with one YouGov / Economist that shows Biden with a five-point lead over Warren, whose popularity is increasing, and Harris's post-debate is starting to fade. Sanders is in fourth place, but his support has now fallen to the low double digits.
Biden has repeatedly polled 22 percent since the Miami brawl, where Harris undermined his record on the race. She benefited from the attack in some early polls, but dropped to 14 percent and third in the Economist survey.
Warren benefited from slide. She has risen to 17 percent and has detached herself from Sanders, with whom she is ideologically similar. He questioned at one of his lowest points in weeks – 11 percent – in the survey published on Wednesday.
With the next democratic debate just three weeks away, candidates in the busy 2020 field seem to give priority to states for costly weekend trips, where opinion polls will determine their position in the next debate.
Biden and Booker, for example, will be campaigning in New Hampshire. Buttigieg. Harris and Sanders did not say what they will do with their weekends.
Only four of the 25 Democrats who were looking for the 2020 nomination accepted an invitation to speak in the afternoon panel at the conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, Jay Inslee and Julian Castro are the only confirmed candidates present at the forum.
Kamala Harris is not going to the conference either. It is not clear where she will be
The Massachusetts senator has attended the conference for years, and as a favorite of the movement, it is unlikely that she will face the problems of some of her peers.
Advisors for Biden, Sanders and Buttigieg are all too well aware of the costs of speaking at Netroots under the wrong circumstances.
Biden senior advisor Symone Sanders was the mouthpiece of Bernie Sanders, not a family band, at the time of the confrontation in 2015 with activists on Netroots.
Sanders gave his speech when he was interrupted by activists who demanded that he take a harder line against police violence against blacks.
Lis Smith mentions Martin O & Malley, the former governor of Maryland, at the time of the drama.
O & # 39; Malley was the first to be bombed that year. He spoke when an African-American activist stormed the stage and took the microphone. Protesters expressed themselves when he stated: & # 39; Black Life matters. White lives are important. All life counts. & # 39;
Bernie Sanders had a bad experience with Netroots in 2015 and will not go back this year. He saw her at a conference in Houston last Friday
The incident contributed to his downfall in the race.
Hillary Clinton attended the conference that year in Phoenix, when she was the democratic precursor. Biden was present as vice president and appeared in front of a Detroit audience in 2014, but he has not returned since then.
Since then, it has earned a reputation for being a tough audience of bloggers, activists, and social media enthusiasts.
& # 39; Especially for white men, it can be a difficult audience because you are almost guaranteed to get a protest & # 39 ;, said the activist who was there at the time of the incident. & # 39; Warren & # 39; s decision to go is a good one. She is probably well prepared for a protest. & # 39;
Neil Sroka, director of Democracy for America, said candidates who rejected an invitation made a mistake.
& # 39; I think it's a missed opportunity for a candidate not to come to Netroots Nation. It is one of the largest meetings of progressives in the country, & he offered.
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