Biden’s campaign stops in New Mexico and Nevada to talk about education and immigration

Campaigning in California and New Mexico, Biden aims to ease voter anxieties

John Jackson | USA TODAY

Joe Biden made a campaign stop Monday in northern New Mexico at a community college to discuss his proposals for education and immigration policy.

Biden was not on the schedule for the first day of what was to be a three-day trip to New Mexico and Nevada, but an aide said he wanted to talk about the issues and share his vision with the students who would be affected by any changes to the immigration laws he proposes.

“I don’t think that I can go into a classroom without having a conversation about those issues,” said campaign manager Greg Schultz in an interview with USA TODAY.

Biden already has tapped his experience as vice president on behalf of low-income kids as a way to ease voter anxieties on those issues — and he is counting on a long-expected surge of support that could make it difficult for Trump or any other Democrat to win the White House in the 2020 election, which kicks off in 17 months.

“Voters have not yet made up their minds, but that’s always a concern when the polls are so close,” Biden said in a conference call Monday.

Biden is counting on a combination of economic anxiety and racial anxiety as well as social unrest in the post-Obama era to lift him into the lead. He will likely be challenged by several top-tier candidates who have a more traditional pathway to the nomination, including Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris of California and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas.

Biden’s plan has been to present himself as a bridge between the concerns of the middle class and the racial anxiety on which he ran in 2016. He has a long history of championing working class issues and making appeals to middle-class voters that he has yet to tap into in the past few months.

In an interview with USA TODAY, Biden said he wants to go after the economic anxiety, and said he is in a better position than either Bernie Sanders or any other candidate to do that as long as he is able to build on his appeal to moderate voters.

“I think that there is a real anxiety about where the country is going, and

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