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Biden Backs Wolf on COVID, Wolf Backs Biden for Prez

Just hours after announcing his support for the former Vice President’s presidential bid, Gov. Tom Wolf joined Joe Biden for a 35 minute virtual conversation on Wednesday morning about the impact that COVID-19 has had on Pennsylvania and the nation as a whole. 

Although Wolf described the experience of handling the coronavirus pandemic as “uncharted waters,” Biden complemented his handling of the virus in the state, specifically lauding his plan to reopen the economy by different regions of the state and said that it should be a model for the rest of the nation. 

“The kind of thing we should be doing nationally, is your reopening plan,” Biden said to Wolf. “You talk about three phases. Red, yellow, and green phase.” 

Biden added that Wolf exercised “leadership from the beginning,” for the coronavirus pandemic, while surrounding himself with “really good people.” 

Wolf echoed Biden’s sentiment by saying that “what’s good for southeastern Pennsylvania is very different from north-central Pennsylvania,” and returned the favor of complementing Biden as someone he believes would be a good leader to handle the pandemic. 

“We could really use the leadership, I think, that you would bring to Washington,” Wolf said to Biden.

“When you and President Obama were in Washington, you exercised that.” Wolf added. “You also surrounded yourself with very good people.”

While Biden and Wolf agreed with one another and took subtle jabs at President Donald Trump for his response to COVID-19, the Pennsylvania Republican Party and the Republican National Committee were quick to criticize the both of them over the pandemic. 

“It’s truly hard to tell which plan is worse for Pennsylvanians; Governor Wolf’s disastrous ‘one size fits all’ strategy for reopening Pennsylvania that faces bipartisan opposition, or Joe Biden’s anti-energy agenda that would wreak havoc on Pennsylvania’s economy,” said RNC Spokesperson Melissa Reed. “Regardless, Biden and his campaign have already proven that they have a losing message with Pennsylvanians.”

The Pennsylvania Republican Party specifically criticized Wolf over the percentage of COVID-19 related deaths that occurred in senior care facilities, Health Sec. Rachel Levine for moving her mother from a personal care home to a hotel, while also blaming the governor for the high unemployment rate in the state as well. 

“The PAGOP hopes that Governor Wolf will confess to VP Joe Biden that nearly 80% of COVID-related deaths occurred in senior care facilities, but that he is wiping out Pennsylvania’s economy just the same,” PAGOP Executive Director Vonne Andring said in a statement. “We hope the Governor brags to the VP about his ‘one-size-fits all’ shut down of our economy, which turned a budget surplus into a $5 billion budget deficit.” 

“For all of this, we hope VP Biden applauds the Governor, so that average Pennsylvanians may understand what’s to come for Pennsylvania under a Biden/Wolf/Levine regime,” Andring said in conclusion.

Polling over the past few months has shown Wolf has received widespread support from Pennsylvanians for his response to the coronavirus pandemic, while President Donald Trump’s ratings on the matter have been under water. 

The most recent polling data from SurveyMonkey, which were shared with The Washington Post based on interviews conducted between April 30-May 13, showed that 64% of Pennsylvanians backed Wolf’s response to COVID-19. A Washington Post-Ipsos poll that conducted interviews between  April 27-May 4, 2020 showed Wolf with a 72% approval rating of his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, while 27% disapprove, leaving Wolf with a 45 point net approval rating on the matter. 45% of Pennsylvanians in that same poll supported Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, while 54% disapproved, resulting in the president holding a -9 point net approval rating on the issue. 

Several other polls conducted earlier in April also showed Wolf with strong support on the matter. A Fox News poll from April showed Wolf had a 44 net approval rating on his response to the coronavirus, a Public Policy Polling survey had Wolf with a 30 point net approval rating of his handling of the matter, and polling FOX43/Susquehanna Polling and Research gave the governor a 50 point net approval rating on the issue.

Despite the support from polling, Republicans have ratcheted up their criticisms on Wolf for his handling of the virus in recent weeks. A Philadelphia Inquirer story published last Wednesday morning titled, “Pennsylvania Republicans have a new campaign season villain and it’s not Nancy Pelosi,” shows that Wolf has turned into the target for GOP attacks within the state.


According to polling since Biden emerged as the presumptive Democratic Party presidential nominee, the former VP holds an edge over Trump in the Keystone State. The Real Clear Politics Average shows Biden besting Trump by 6.5 points from polls conducted between March 6-April 26.

18 Responses

  1. Fat Donnie and Moscow Mitch is a real dynamic pair…????????????

  2. Any Biden supporter is tasked with listening to his comments and attempting to ID any one sentence that contains a subject, a verb, and a predicate.

    1. Anyone listening to Fat Donnie is tasked to identify outward lies and half-truths along with exaggerations and embellishments.

      1. Note The Donald’s achievements, generated by a non-senile anti-elitist patriot…and compare/contrast with Beijing-Biden’s corrupt-globalism.

        1. You got everything right except Beijing-Biden. It should be Putin-Trump.

          1. You forgot that Mueller exonerated The Donald; he’s tough on Russia, unlike Hillary/Obama.

          2. YES he did, even if you Dems continue to perseverate while engaging in denial; in fact, the head of CloudStrike now admits it’s unclear the DNC was hacked and THEREFORE there’s no evidence of Russian Collusion via that highly touted mechanism [unless you invoke Seth Rich…].

          3. Mueller job was to present the facts. It was up to congress to convict him and you know Moscow Mitch wasn’t going to let that happen!

          4. Flynn transcript proves BHO created ObamaGate in Oval Office; Durham will elaborate by August 1st.

  3. Yeah, because Wolf and Biden are actually competent and Trump is a buffoon. Anyone who supports the modern day GOP is immoral or corrupt.

    1. Your unjustified characterization recalls how Hillary lost when calling us “Deplorables”; we oppose globalist elites, and The Donald continues to promote Patriotism.

      1. Patriotism? From a real patriot? The clown that got a deferment cause his feet hurt. He’s a whiny little b***h.

      2. Dr. Bob, I bet you can’t wait to get a ticket to the next Trump rally. You can hold the sign that says, “Covid-19 is a democratic hoax.”

        1. This may occur AFTER the media ascribe proper blame to the CCP rather than to The Donald; the “hoax” is the faulty narrative that has been imposed upon the voters.

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