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Despite rocky primary start, Biden says he's still the best candidate to 'beat Trump'

Despite rocky primary start, Biden says he's still the best candidate to 'beat Trump'

14.2.2020

Despite rocky primary start, Biden says he's still the best candidate to 'beat Trump '

Former Vice President Joe Biden joined ABC's 'The View,' on Thursday, saying despite the sting by consecutive disappointing finishes in the Democratic Party's first two nominating contests, in Iowa and New Hampshire , he still believes he is the best candidate to defeat President Donald

originally appeared on abcnews.go.com Former Vice President Joe Biden joined ABC's"The View," on Thursday, saying despite the sting by consecutive disappointing finishes in the Democratic Party's first two nominating contests, in Iowa and New Hampshire, he still believes he is the best candidate to defeat President Donald Trump in November. "I believe I'm going to beat Trump," Biden said, adding"The words presidents say matter. They can divide a nation. They can lift a nation... I mean, and all this guy [Trump] has done has been to just drag the nation down." MORE: Biden's fade creates vacuum in front-runner-less race He continued,"In the eyes of the world -- I don't know how many of you have traveled around for business or other reasons -- we are a laughing stock right now." NEW: Joe Biden speaks with @TheView after a 5th place finish in New Hampshire:"I’m heading south now where I feel good." "99% of the African-American vote hasn’t voted yet and 99% of the has Hispanic vote hasn’t voted yet," he adds. https://t.co/sAcEUHLfOX pic.twitter.com/AnohA5TCXB — ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) February 13, 2020 In his first sit-down interview since the New Hampshire primary, the former VP said he is the candidate who can incite change, because his campaign is centered on"moving forward." When the hosts pressed him on whether Iowa or New Hampshire should lose their first-in-the-nation status following the meltdown in Iowa, and what Sunny Hostin called a lack of diversity, Biden didn't fully answer. "I don't know. We'll have to see how this works out," he said."This is my last dance in terms of what's going on ... If I win the nomination and get elected president, I think that changes things a lot. It's about moving forward." Biden further criticized the Republican's attempts to require his testimony in the Senate impeachment trial against Trump, saying it was only meant to serve as a distraction -- a tactic Biden predicted would continue no matter which candidate becomes the nominee. MORE: Pete Buttigieg says Democrats need to make sure 2020 looks nothing like 2016 "Look -- I really mean it. This goes way, way, way over the top," he said, talking specifically about comments from conservative political commentator Rush Limbaugh on former South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg's sexual orientation."Whomever the candidate is, you see it's happening already. Now that Pete's got some traction, they're going after Pete for being gay. They're going to go after whomever [the nominee] is the same way," He added,"People know me. They know who I am. They know I've never been accused of doing anything." Biden was joined by his wife, Jill Biden, who said regardless of the attacks on her husband, ending up in the White House would make it worth it. "It's ugly but I can take a little bit of ugly if it means Joe's going to be president," she said. "They’ve been really hurtful," Jill Biden says of attacks against her son Hunter Biden."To hear your son attacked...I expected that Joe would be attacked, but not your children." "He’s doing great," Joe Biden adds."I talk to him almost every day." https://t.co/bHACxWnlqf pic.twitter.com/pbxcXrUcd6 — ABC News (@ABC) February 13, 2020 What they were unprepared for, Biden said, were the attacks on their son, Hunter, who became part of the focus during the impeachment inquiry. "I mean, to hear your son attacked, you know, I expected that Joe would be attacked, but not your children," Biden told the co-hosts. Despite the attacks, they said their son is doing well, with Biden saying that he talks to his son"almost every day." Asked by co-host Meghan McCain, the daughter of the late Arizona Sen. John McCain, if he still feels the presence of his late son Beau on the campaign trail, Biden called him his"soul," and recounted the promise he made to him to stay engaged in the political process. Story continues"Beau was [Hunter’s] 13th rib, and Beau was my soul and [Hunter’s] my heart ... As I said before and I wasn't trying to be nice, I mean, Beau should be the guy running for president," Biden said, getting emotional."But you know, you can't stand by though and let a guy like Trump, who's the antithesis of everything we have stood for in our family and this country, [stay], you can't let it happen." As the presidential race moves towards states with more diverse electorates, Biden is also contending with the rise of former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose near-unlimited ability to self-fund his campaign has allowed him to blanket states that vote on Super Tuesday and encompass a large portion of the delegates needed to win the party's nomination. Biden criticized Bloomberg on Thursday, adding the he believes he is the only candidate who has been"totally vetted" due to his long record. "I don't think you can buy an election ... Look, one of the advantages and disadvantages, I've been the only guy through this process so far, a person that's been totally vetted," Biden said."I've had a target on my back since I got in." Joe Biden reacts to recently resurfaced audio of Mike Bloomberg:"Every single thing I’ve said for the last 40 years has come up... we’re just now getting into looking at people’s records." https://t.co/f8u2wbJuik pic.twitter.com/KLgpRpQpeS — The View (@TheView) February 13, 2020 His advisers have labeled Bloomberg as"untested" and say a chance to debate the billionaire in Nevada will offer an opportunity for Biden to draw an effective contrast. "We're going to compete in Super Tuesday states. Bloomberg is spending an awful lot of money but he's also not had his turn in the barrel, he has not been on the debate stage," Louisiana Congressman Cedric Richmond, the Biden campaign's national co-chair, told reporters on Thursday, adding"He's untested, and so we look forward to drawing the comparison." When asked specifically about his reaction to newly released audio of Bloomberg defending his controversial"stop and frisk" policy, Biden reiterated his belief that other candidates still required vetting. (MORE: Jury still out for some black voters on Bloomberg after 'stop and frisk' apology) "It's amazing how every single thing I've said for the last 40 years has come up and I've answered them all. We're just now getting into the place where we're looking at other people's records," Biden said, indicating he is looked forward to drawing a contrast with Bloomberg. He continued to insist that the long race shouldn't be decided until communities of color have weighed in. Recognizing the likelihood of defeat in the state of New Hampshire, Biden left the state on the day of the primary to head to South Carolina, a state his campaign has long insisted represents a protective firewall, owed in large part to the candidate's grip on the support of African-American voters, who comprise more than half of the Democratic primary electorate in the Palmetto State. "I want y’all to think of a number, 99.9 percent. That's the percentage of African-American voters who have not yet had a chance to vote in America. One more number, 99.8 -- that's the percent of Latino voters who haven’t had a chance to vote. So, when you hear all these pundits and experts...talk about the race, tell them"It ain't over, man. We're just getting started," Biden told supporters Tuesday night at a rally in Columbia, South Carolina. (MORE: Biden to skip out early from New Hampshire's primary to head to South Carolina) Symone Sanders, a Biden campaign senior adviser, echoed Biden's remarks reminded reporters not to write Biden off just yet. "It would be a mistake to try to write Vice President Biden off and our campaign off before people of color have had their say in this election," Sanders told reporters on a state of the race call on Wednesday. Biden heads next to the state of Nevada, whose caucus later this month also affords him the opportunity to show his strength in a state significantly more diverse than the first-in-the-nation states. Read more: Yahoo News

CreepyUncleJoe couldn’t beat his own shoes. Senility At what ?

History says Joe Biden has no shot at being presidentJoe Biden has the slim chance to achieve what no other presidential candidate has done before, but to make it happen, he needs some luck—and a state—to go his way. History and his increasingly evident cognitive decline. Dont give up on Joe Biden, he is a good decent man, Unlike a scum sukkin bottom feeder like Trump, he will give us his best of what is good for us, Not What is best for himself , like Dum Donnie. Lol 😂 that’s true

Joe Biden says even Mickey Mouse would have a shot at beating Donald Trump“I refuse to suggest any Democrat can lose,” added Biden , heading into the New Hampshire primary Famous last words... Mickey Mouse would have no chance against Doland! I thought that was Biden on the left

Paul Ryan: Biden is best Democrat for beating Trump but won't be 'getting the nomination'Paul Ryan said former Vice President Joe Biden would perform well in three battleground states that are needed to beat Trump . Not a penny worth coming from a Spineless Republican Enabler. Not if your RussoRepublicans have their way. They so want Bernie. Thanks for the scoop, ryan. That's why youre... wait a minute. What are you?

Paul ryan predicts Biden likely won't get Dem nomination despite being 'hardest' candidate for Trump to beat'I'd say he's probably the most likely one to have a chance at beating Donald Trump , but I don't see Joe getting the nomination, I just don't see him getting there.' He's a joke Fitting how Ryan is spelled with a lower-case 'r.' Yeah, we know.

Will black voters save Joe Biden?What are black voters in South Carolina thinking as the former vice president has lost momentum in Democrats' nominating contest? Save from who? Republican Sanders? The question should be who would Black voters prefer, Joe Biden or Democrat Bernie Sanders! BernieSanders Prediction: no Corn Pop!!

Joe Biden looks to South Carolina to resurrect his campaignJoe Biden brought his wounded presidential campaign to South Carolina on Tuesday, staking his hopes for a comeback on the loyalty of black voters in the state after a dismal finish in the New Hampshire primary magnified his disappointing finish in Iowa. “I know this is going to be the fight of my life No miracles for Joey. We are no one's firewall, BernieSanders has been fighting for me since before I was born, so 'kill that noise!' Sister Nina is 100% correct.



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