Biden's First Campaign Stop: Home of Comcast Executive

Comcast owner of NBC, MSNBC

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April 25, 2019

Former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden will attend a fundraiser at the home of an executive of Comcast, which owns NBC.

David Cohen, a senior executive vice president and the chief diversity officer for the company, will host a fundraiser at his Philadelphia home on Thursday, Common Dreams reports. The event will also include Democratic members of Congress and important donors.

Comcast owns NBCUniversal, which runs NBC, MSNBC, and other news networks.

Biden spoke with donors on Wednesday, according to Politico.

"The money's important. We're going to be judged by what we can do in the first 24 hours, the first week," Biden reportedly told the group.

"I get calls from people all over the world—world leaders are calling me—and they're almost begging me to do this, to save the country, save the world," Biden added.

Biden entered the 2020 presidential race with a video posted on his Twitter account Thursday morning.

"We are in a battle for the soul of this nation," Biden said in the video, before highlighting President Donald Trump's remarks following the August 2017 white supremacist riot and counter-riot in Charlottesville, Va.

Biden faced controversy earlier this month when several women claimed he made them feel uncomfortable with "unsolicited touching."

"I am sorry I didn't understand more," Biden said in response to the accusations . "I am not sorry for any of my intentions. I am not sorry for anything that I have ever done," he said. "I've never been disrespectful, intentionally, to a man or a woman."

The Washington Free Beacon reported this week that Biden considered homosexuals to be "security risks" in the 1970s.

Biden has faced scrutiny for his authorship of President Bill Clinton's crime bill, which progressives have criticized for its strict approach to criminal justice.

Biden has said he is "not at all" regretful of the bill, and has claimed he got "stuck" writing it due to his position in the Senate.

Justice Democrats expressed opposition to Biden's candidacy in a series of tweets posted within hours of his official campaign announcement on Thursday morning.