Published May 26, 2020
These beliefs will further tailor Biden’s approach to the pandemic and economic reopening as the summer moves on. He cannot be seen as favoring the economy over perceived safety, so he will have to counsel caution and support lockdowns. If he does not, he will stoke divisions within his party that he does not need as he pivots to fight Trump. Biden, therefore, will be the candidate of safety over risk. Because that will entail much greater economic pain than the alternative, he will also continue to support multitrillion-dollar government economic support measures. Biden, the purported centrist, will thus become the candidate of a bigger government that controls when you go back to work and that more people will depend upon for survival.
Henry Olsen is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.