Joe Biden may be giving up on his own candidacy, and certainly undermined his key argument that he’s the best positioned to defeat President Trump in November.
The former vice president was making last minute rounds on media in New Hampshire and was asked about the electabilityof Bernie Sanders specificially.
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“Do you agree that if Bernie Sanders is the nominee that Democrats will lose?” host Willie Geist asked.
“I refuse to suggest any Democrat can lose,” Biden responded.
“I think we could run Mickey Mouse against this president and have a shot.”
The comment drew applause and a “Wow” from Mika Brzezinski.
That attitude is significantly different than yesterday, when Biden suggested Sanders’s self-avowed democratic socialism would be a liability.
In an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon on “CNN Tonight” in New Hampshire on Monday, Biden bragged that Democratic candidates in red states had asked him to campaign with them in the 2018 midterm elections.
“Are they inviting him to speak?” Biden said of Sanders in the interview.
“Bernie’s a great guy, but it’s his self-definition,” he said. “But the question is who can help us win back the Senate most?”
Biden’s comments come as the Democratic field battles over which candidate is the most electable in a general-election matchup with President Donald Trump. Sanders and his campaign have said Biden’s history of backing free-trade agreements and adjustments to entitlement programs would make him vulnerable to attacks from Trump; Biden has responded that Sanders’ progressive platform of “Medicare for All” is politically unrealistic and would alienate voters in swing states.
“Are you going to walk into any of those states we have to win, like Florida, and other places that we’re going to win, in Georgia and North Carolina,” and embrace a Democratic nominee who describes himself as a democratic socialist, Biden asked. “What do you think Trump is going to do with that?”