Obama At Biden's Campaign Event Helped Raise $7.6 Million For His Campaign
Former US President Barack Obama (in 2009-2017) on Tuesday for the first time took part in the election event of his former Vice-President Joseph Biden, who has secured enough support from delegates of the upcoming Democratic party Convention to nominate a candidate for the presidential election in November. According to the Associated Press (AP), the appearance on the air of the former American leader attracted more than $7.6 million in donations to the Democrat's election campaign.
The fundraising event was held online against the backdrop of a pandemic disease caused by a new coronavirus. In order to get access to the video feed, Biden supporters could donate any amount to support his campaign.
According to AP, the former Vice President noted that by the time the broadcast began at 17:15 on the US East coast time (00:15 GMT), more than $7.6 million had been deposited to the campaign headquarters' accounts. More than 175,000 people have donated to Biden's campaign.
During the online event, Obama, who in April for the first time expressed support for Biden's candidacy in the upcoming elections, spoke negatively about the administration of the current owner of the White House, Donald Trump. In particular, he criticized the measures taken by Trump in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
Biden, according to the latest estimates of The New York Times, has secured the support of 2,144 delegates. To become a presidential candidate in the first round of voting at the Democratic Convention, a candidate must receive the votes of 1,991 delegates. Biden broke this mark on June 5. The National Convention of the Democratic Party of the United States, at which Biden should be named a candidate for the highest public office in the country, was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic on August 17-20. It will be held in Milwaukee (Wisconsin).
The current US leader, Donald Trump, has already received enough votes from delegates to the Party Congress to be the Republican candidate for the presidential election. The 59th US presidential election is scheduled for November 3.