Biden elevates Obama veteran in senior staff change after Iowa loss

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden personally connects with a New Hampshire teen over their struggle with stuttering.

Posted: Feb 7, 2020 4:00 PM
Updated: Feb 7, 2020 4:00 PM

Joe Biden is shifting his senior staff structure after a disappointing fourth-place showing in the Iowa caucuses, elevating a former senior adviser to President Barack Obama to help coordinate his campaign operation.

Anita Dunn, who already worked as an adviser to Biden, traveling at times with the former vice president and leading his debate preparation, will now coordinate campaign strategy and also oversee the budget and personnel.

Campaign manager Greg Schultz and longtime Biden adviser Steve Ricchetti informed campaign staff of the move in an email on Thursday.

"Most of you already know Anita or may have seen her hanging around communications - she will be working closely with us on campaign strategy and overall coordination on budget and personnel as we build a bigger campaign for the next phase," the email from Schultz and Ricchetti said.

Visit CNN's Election Center for full coverage of the 2020 race

The move, first reported by The New York Times, comes as Biden looks to ease the concerns of donors and allies and regain his footing ahead of Tuesday's New Hampshire primary.

Calling his Iowa loss a "gut punch," he has shifted his tone on the campaign trail, displaying a new willingness to attack his Democratic rivals -- particularly Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

Dunn has spent the majority of her time in Washington, but her expanded role in the Philadelphia headquarters is seen as a way to ease concerns of supporters and donors about the state of Biden's campaign after a deflating loss in Iowa.

Dunn was a senior adviser to Obama during his 2008 campaign and served as White House communications director in his administration.

A source familiar with the decision says Schultz will remain in his position as campaign manager but it's a move to expand Dunn's responsibilities beyond communication.

The campaign declined to comment on the move, and Dunn and Schultz did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 50300

Reported Deaths: 2748
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion11920692
Lake5432248
Elkhart347058
Allen2902133
St. Joseph205169
Hamilton1665101
Cass16449
Hendricks1446100
Johnson1325118
Porter80238
Tippecanoe7599
Clark68144
Vanderburgh6816
Madison67264
LaPorte60527
Howard59458
Bartholomew59345
Kosciusko5704
Marshall5308
Noble50128
LaGrange4829
Jackson4783
Boone47444
Delaware46952
Hancock46036
Shelby43525
Floyd40444
Morgan33631
Monroe32928
Grant30926
Dubois2976
Henry29717
Montgomery29720
Clinton2893
White26810
Decatur25532
Dearborn25423
Lawrence25225
Vigo2478
Warrick24329
Harrison21722
Greene19332
Miami1922
Jennings17912
Putnam1728
DeKalb1674
Scott1639
Wayne1536
Daviess15017
Perry1459
Orange13723
Steuben1362
Jasper1332
Franklin1278
Ripley1277
Wabash1152
Carroll1132
Gibson1132
Fayette1057
Whitley1045
Newton10010
Starke983
Huntington932
Randolph794
Wells791
Jefferson782
Fulton731
Jay680
Washington681
Knox670
Clay665
Pulaski661
Rush613
Posey550
Owen521
Benton510
Spencer501
Adams491
Sullivan471
Brown431
Blackford402
Fountain352
Crawford330
Tipton321
Switzerland300
Martin240
Parke230
Ohio220
Vermillion200
Warren151
Union130
Pike110
Unassigned0193

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 62856

Reported Deaths: 3032
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Franklin11433443
Cuyahoga8786393
Hamilton6563207
Lucas2889305
Marion274039
Montgomery237835
Summit2299209
Pickaway221641
Mahoning1907239
Butler176747
Columbiana135060
Stark1196114
Lorain109769
Trumbull103277
Warren94525
Clark79310
Delaware67515
Fairfield64317
Tuscarawas60110
Lake57022
Belmont56722
Medina56632
Licking56012
Miami50331
Portage48759
Wood47451
Clermont4537
Ashtabula44544
Geauga42543
Wayne37253
Richland3635
Allen34841
Greene3229
Mercer29510
Erie26722
Holmes2575
Darke25326
Huron2382
Madison2139
Ottawa16624
Sandusky15715
Washington14420
Coshocton1413
Ross1393
Crawford1385
Putnam13415
Hardin12312
Morrow1211
Athens1111
Auglaize1094
Jefferson1052
Muskingum961
Union931
Monroe8917
Hancock851
Lawrence820
Preble821
Hocking809
Clinton791
Guernsey793
Shelby744
Williams742
Logan681
Fulton660
Scioto650
Carroll643
Ashland632
Wyandot625
Brown601
Fayette550
Defiance533
Knox531
Champaign511
Highland491
Van Wert451
Perry411
Seneca402
Henry330
Paulding280
Jackson270
Pike270
Adams251
Vinton232
Gallia201
Noble130
Harrison121
Meigs120
Morgan120
Unassigned00
Fort Wayne
Clear
66° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 66°
Angola
Clear
66° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 66°
Huntington
66° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 66°
Decatur
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 68°
Van Wert
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 68°
Breezy, Sunny Saturday
WFFT Radar
WFFT Temperatures
WFFT National

Community Events