Many elections are portrayed as a choice between the lesser of two evils.
Democratic presidential nominee Joseph R. Biden is trying to make sure 2020 isn’t one of those.
Having watched President Trump squeak out a win last time, thanks in large part to voters’ dislike of Hillary Clinton, the Biden team is doing everything it can to avoid the same fate. Keeping Mr. Biden off the stump and using Republicans to argue that Mr. Trump is far out of bounds are part of the Democrats’ goal to make voters pick a side.
“There is no question that they are being kind of manicky about this: There is good and bad, and you have to choose one or the other,” said Wy Spano, a veteran Democratic Party strategist.
The lesser-of-two-evils argument did benefit Mr. Trump in the last presidential election.
Exit polls from 2016 showed roughly one-fifth of voters in the key battleground states of Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin