Democrat presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden is on ice until Thursday night's final debate of the election cycle. Lockdown is always a good place to be when a widening cyclone of controversy is threatening to collapse your campaign.

Biden's camp says the candidate will remain out of sight while he prepares for the debate against President Trump in Nashville later in the week. Twice over the weekend, Biden refused to answer questions from reporters about his son Hunter's business dealings in Ukraine and China and what exactly his connection to all of it is.

Biden's running mate, Democrat California Senator Kamala Harris, spent the weekend off the trail as at least one member of her travel team reportedly tested positive for COVID-19. The media has had very little contact with the Biden-Harris ticket, and one would expect that to continue as the controversy deepens.

The Biden campaign strategy has been to try and run down the clock while staying at least one step ahead of the allegations of wrongdoing. So far, it's been a successful strategy. But some in the media appear to be getting hungry for answers from Biden about these scandals. Biden can only sidestep so long before he is going to have to answer questions.

The campaign is hoping that, with a friendly moderator in NBC's Kristen Welker for Thursday's final debate, the candidate can escape with only minimal damage. But as the plot thickens and the allegations keep coming, the campaign might have to come up with a new strategy. Perhaps Biden's luck has begun to run out.

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at barry@wbsm.com and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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