At the end of the second Democratic debate, former Vice President Joe Biden directed his audience to join his presidential bid, sending viewers to a non-existent website that was soon purchased by South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg's campaign.
“Go to Joe 30330 and help me in this fight,” Biden said, failing to say “text” and invoking a command usually reserved for pointing people to a web address.
Predictably, the domains Joe3030.com and Joe30330.com were purchased and redirected to the campaigns of South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
The latter URL was later redirected to JoshforAmerica.com, the “first Gen Z’er to declare candidacy for this office.”
I just got off the stage where I shared my bold vision for our future built on uniting our country. Because I know if we work together, there’s nothing we can’t do.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 1, 2019
Let's keep our momentum going. If you liked what you heard tonight, text JOE to 30330 and let's get to work. pic.twitter.com/EDIKTYiJB1
Earlier in the debate, Biden successfully directed viewers to conduct an online search for Sen. Kamala Harris’ record as a prosecutor, which was also sharply criticized by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.
According to Google data, searches for Harris spiked around the time Biden encouraged viewers to do so.
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