Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is back at his Wilmington, Del., home and will not return to the campaign trail until after his face-off with President Trump at Thursday night’s debate.
The former veep landed in his home state Sunday evening after holding a rally in North Carolina, after which the Biden campaign called a lid.
“Calling a lid” refers to a candidate or campaign indicating to the press that they will not be holding any more events, usually for the day.
The Democrat will be focused mostly on prepping for his second and final debate, with no public events on his schedule.
A spokesperson for the Biden campaign did not respond to a request for a comment on the subject.
The coronavirus pandemic hit the United States in mid-March, just after the former vice president had secured the Democratic nomination.
As a result, Biden was forced to begin campaigning virtually from his Delaware home, where his campaign built a television studio.
Biden defended himself when he took condemns from President Trump and Republicans for remaining on lockdown amid the pandemic, saying during an interview in May that doing so contributed to his campaign.
“All this stuff about ‘Biden’s hidin,’’ well, you know, the fact of the matter is, it’s working pretty well so far, doing the rules,” the former vice president said at the time.
“He’s [Trump] behind in almost every — every state,” he continued, noting that he recognized that the numbers could change between then and the November election.
Biden was referencing his increasing poll numbers, which had revealed him ahead of Trump both nationally and in key swing states.
Biden did not begin in-person campaigning again until Labor Day, with each appearance being restricted to a few dozen attendees kept at a distance for safety purposes.
And with his polling lead in the top Electoral College battlegrounds floating at just under 5 percent, few Democrats are complaining about his laid-back schedule.
“Joe Biden is doing exactly what he needs to do to win,” Democratic strategist Eric Koch told on Sunday.
Trump, in the meantime, is not letting the last 15 days of the campaign go to waste.
The commander-in-chief will travel Monday to Arizona, where he will hold two rallies, one in Prescott and one in Tucson.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, he has campaign events scheduled in Pennsylvania and North Carolina, respectively.
As of Monday, the president has no formal debate prep scheduled, according to reports.
Biden’s vice presidential running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, will be out on the trail in Biden’s deficiency. On Monday, she will be in the must-win swing state of Florida.