Joe Biden asks Amy Klobuchar to undergo VP vetting process, report says

Joe Biden and Amy Klobuchar

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U.S. President Donald Trump raised $16.9 million in April for his re-election campaign, ending the month with $107.7 million in cash, according to a disclosure filed on Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission.

Biden's spending fell to $12.9 million in April, still comfortably higher than Trump's outlays during the month, but well below the $32.5 million spent in March as he competed with rival Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in nomination contests.

The vetting process will be operated by a committee led by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Biden adviser Cynthia Hogan, former Sen. "At worst for them, as coronavirus cases rise, Trump's judgement is questioned - and November looms", Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Tim Malloy said.

Biden has slammed the Trump administration for its coronavirus response, arguing the president downplayed the virus instead of aggressively and responsibly responding to it. Biden's current pinned tweet is, "I can't believe I have to say this, but please don't drink bleach", following Trump's late-April public pondering of whether disinfectant, light and heat could somehow treat coronavirus. It has a margin of error of 2.7 percentage points. It surveyed 5,408 likely voters in Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania and found Trump had a 48-46 percent lead over Biden.

Joe Biden makes a statement on Ukraine during a press conference in Wilmington, Delaware, on September 24, 2019.

Both the Quinnipiac poll and the CNBC/Change Research survey showed Biden ahead of Trump in terms of who Americans think would better handle the coronavirus outbreak.

In each of the six states more voters disapproved of Mr Trump's handling of the pandemic than approved, but sometimes only by slim margins such as a few percentage points.

The Quinnipiac poll surveyed 1,323 self-identified registered voters by phone from May 14 to 18. In the CNBC/Change Research poll, 50 percent said Biden, compared with 43 percent for Trump.

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