(PresidentialWire.com)- After President Donald Trump tested positive for COVID-19, the Joe Biden election campaign appeared to pull all of its negative campaign ads from the television.
Biden’s campaign has relied heavily on television and online advertisements, with the former vice president only getting back out onto the campaign trail in recent days.
Several media reports claim that the negative ads were pulled after President Trump announced that he had tested positive for the Chinese coronavirus, indicating that campaign officials might have been concerned it would look insensitive.
Tony Morrison of ABC News said that Biden’s campaign was “pulling all negative ads in light of Pres. Trump’s positive COVID-19 test.”
(ABC) Joe Biden’s campaign is pulling all negative ads in light of Pres. Trump’s positive COVID-19 test, a source tells @ABC News.
The decision was made before the Walter Reed development.
— Tony Morrison • ABC News (@THETonyMorrison) October 2, 2020
While the decision was made after the president announced his diagnosis, it was made before the president was moved to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center where he remains.
The ads that were pulled focused on President Donald Trump’s tax returns. It was recently claimed that President Trump paid $750 in federal income taxes in 2016, but on further investigation – and clarification from President Trump – it turns out that some tens of millions of taxes were paid by President Trump that year and in subsequent years.
President Trump’s campaign is not returning the favor on the ad pulls, however. The Trump campaign told Forbes that Joe Biden might have pulled the ads, but used a speech in Michigan to attack President Trump.
“He’s in no position to say anything,” the Trump campaign said.
“Joe Biden used his speech in MI today to attack the President repeatedly on Social Security, the economy & job creation,” the campaign also told CNN. “Now Biden wants credit for being magnanimous?”
NEW: Trump campaign indicates it will not join @JoeBiden in pulling negative ads.
“Joe Biden used his speech in Michigan today to attack President Trump. He’s in no position to say anything,” @TimMurtaugh tells me.
— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) October 2, 2020
Biden’s campaign may have pulled the ads, but in the final month of a presidential election, it’s more likely that this is a strategic campaigning decision.