NBC’s Bob Costa: Biden Campaign Is ‘Trying to Make a Play for the Deep South’

NBC’s Bob Costa: Biden Campaign Is ‘Trying to Make a Play for the Deep South’

NBC News political analyst Bob Costa suggested on Tuesday that the Biden campaign could be making a play for the southern states in this year’s election off the back of the crisis at the U.S. Postal Service, among other issues. Costa spoke to MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

“We know that Congress is gonna have hearings they want to push more money to the United States Postal Service,” said co-host Willie Geist. “But how’s the Biden campaign approaching this? I know you wrote a piece about this where the Biden campaign has said it’s gonna be the largest voter protection in history. What does that mean exactly? How do they pull it off?”

“It means in some ways, politically, they’re trying to make a play for the Deep South where the issues could be significant,” Costa said.

“They were significant in 2018 in a place like Georgia with Stacey Abrams lost the race against Brian Kemp, now the governor. And what you’re seeing from the Democratic Party is a pitch to those southern voters that they’re going to protect the votes, protect the rights, boost them on the economic and health front.”

“And that’s why tonight I’m paying attention to President Clinton. He will make a speech at the Democratic National Convention. The Biden campaign is looking, when you talk about the protection efforts or just their map in general, they want to go play in a place like Texas or Georgia.”

“Maybe even bring South Carolina into the conversation, perhaps not as a presidential state at this point but a state that can be competitive and part of that argument is going to be voting rights in addition to the usual issues such as the economy.”

Watch the video above, via MSNBC.

Darragh Roche

Darragh Roche

Darragh Roche is Political Media Editor