'He's Very Trumpian': 'Outnumbered' on Whether Biden Is Dems' Best Hope in 2020
Is Joe Biden the Democrats' best hope for retaking the White House in 2020?
The "Outnumbered" hosts weighed in Monday after the New York Times reported that the former vice president is in the final stages of deciding on whether he will run for the nomination.
Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns reported:
He spent some of his Christmas vacation in the Virgin Islands calling and texting his would-be supporters and is using this week to hold private meetings in Washington with Democratic officials.
In one of his calls over the holidays, Mr. Biden repeated a variation of a line he has used publicly: “If you can persuade me there is somebody better who can win, I’m happy not to do it,” he said, according to the Democrat he spoke to, who shared the conversation on condition of anonymity to discuss a private talk.
But then Mr. Biden said something he has not stated so bluntly in public: “But I don’t see the candidate who can clearly do what has to be done to win.”
Co-host Melissa Francis said she believes Biden views himself as the best choice to go up against Trump, calling the former Delaware senator "very Trumpian" in his approach to campaigning.
David Asman agreed that there are a lot of moderate Republicans who might support Biden, since he's an "old-school Democrat" and is more hawkish on foreign policy.
Democrat Capri Cafaro said Biden is "really good at connecting with people," unlike Hillary Clinton. She argued, however, that he might have a hard time gaining support as an establishment Democrat without superdelegates being involved in the nominating process this time around.
Kennedy said if nothing else, the Biden-Trump debates would be very entertaining. She said she has no problem with Biden running for president at age 76 if he has the "energy and tenacity" to do the job.
Watch the full discussion above.