WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- While Joe Biden’s camp asserted that the former vice president is the best Democrat to beat Trump, Biden seemed to disagree by saying that anyone among the other Democratic candidates can win the presidency.
- Biden’s wife encouraged voters in New Hampshire that the primary goal is to vote for someone who can beat Trump.
- Amid his recent gaffes, Biden is reportedly the best Democrat to overpower Trump.
The 2020 presidential campaign has mainly focused on one question: Who is the best candidate to beat President Trump?
Answer: Joe Biden, says his campaign.
However, Biden appeared to weaken his own camp’s efforts in favoring his candidacy by saying anybody in the 2020 Democratic primary field can win the presidency, in an interview for a podcast with the Washington Post’s opinion writer, Jonathan Capehart.
When discussing the worries of the African American community over Trump’s re-election, Capehart, who is African American, asked the former vice president whether he thinks that “it’s gonna take an old white person to beat an old white person” and “old school against old school”.
Biden replied saying, “Well, I think almost anybody will make a better president than Trump, no matter who’s left in the race.”
Despite Biden’s age and the growing vocal progressive base of the Democratic Party that prefers some policies more liberal than Biden does, he is arguably still the best Democrat to beat Trump.
Earlier this month, former second lady Dr. Jill Biden told New Hampshire’s Democratic voters, “I know that not all of you are committed to my husband, and I respect that. But I want you to think about your candidate, his or her electability, and who’s going to win this race.”
She also added that the main goal is to have someone who can beat Trump.
Capehart also pressed Biden regarding the recent reports from the Washington Post that he seemingly mixed up three actual events into one story of bravery and compassion that never happened.
Biden said that although he hasn’t read the article yet, he stressed that he was simply pointing out the bravery of the people, how incredible this generation of warriors is and the fallen angels we’ve lost. “Everybody understood the context. It was a totally different context that was all about,” he said.
Regardless of his recent gaffes and misstatements, a USA TODAY/Suffolk survey that featured Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. and Sen. Bernie Sanders. I-Vt., gaining some momentum, Biden has so far bested the other contenders in the national polling in the past months.
When pressed by Capehart over voters’ apprehensions that “he isn’t all there,” Biden answered: I’m just gonna go out and say what I believe, why I’m doing what I’m doing, and how I’m gonna do it.”
Recent polls indicate that if the election for president were held today, 41% said they would vote for an unnamed Democratic nominee while 39% said they would choose Trump.
Source: USA Today