Leading Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden doesn’t appear to fear rising 2020 contenders Mayor Pete Buttigieg or Sen. Elizabeth Warren. If anything, he seems to view their election campaigns as giant jokes, despite evidence to the contrary.
Speaking with reporters during a wide-ranging interview on his “No Malarkey” tour bus Monday, he argued that the momentum he carries — he currently leads in national polls and most (though not all) state polls — simply can’t be matched by the two.
He was particularly critical of Warren.
“You don’t see that with Warren. Stop kidding a kidder. OK, come on, man, give me a break,” he dismissively said of the senator’s campaign, according to Bloomberg. “Look at the polling everywhere. OK. Tell me. Tell me where this great enthusiasm is manifesting itself.”
For Warren, it’s in her home state of Massachusetts, where she leads Biden by 6.5 percentage points on average, and the neighboring state of New Hampshire, where she leads Biden by 0.6 points but falls behind both Buttigieg and Sen. Bernie Sanders.
As for Buttigieg, he holds the top spot in two states — Iowa and New Hampshire.
While Biden admittedly leads in most battleground states, the fact that he’s fallen behind in the critical states of Massachusetts, Iowa and New Hampshire ought to be concerning. So should his opponents’ crowd sizes.
Politico notes for instance that whereas his campaign events in Iowa this past week “have generally drawn smaller, older crowds,” Buttigieg recently drew more than 2,000 people at an event he held in Council Bluffs.
— Dustin Sheets (@dustin_sheets9) November 26, 2019
To be clear, while 2,000 people may be impressive when compared to Biden’s crowds, they’re virtually nothing when compared to President Donald Trump’s crowds.
Warren has reportedly also drawn crowds reportedly larger than those drawn by the former VP.
“Biden demanded that reporters give him examples of big crowds for Warren. When a reporter cited a recent large turnout for Warren in Chicago, Biden grew sarcastic,” Politico notes.
“Oh, great, she had a showing in Chicago. By the way, that’s a wonderful thing. Show me any numbers,” he reportedly said.
Would pictures work?
Warren packed the Broadway Armory on Chicago’s north side. Looks like they’re still coming… pic.twitter.com/8zfxzujYjx
— Greg Krieg (@GregJKrieg) December 1, 2019
And now for comparison:
#Biden2020 in Iowa looks like a crowd of 150 ppl.
Trump crowd 15000 give or take any where in the US.
Creepy Joe Biden needs to concede the race at this time.
Focus on your upcoming Treason Trial. pic.twitter.com/aWZFTkpyqV
— #DrainTheSwamp ? (@Trump45isPres) December 1, 2019
Nevertheless, the former VP has chosen to adopt a blasé attitude toward his opponents’ successes.
What does seem to concern him is his belief that Buttigieg “stole” his health care plan — which calls for adding a public option to Obamacare — and rebranded it as “Medicare for All Who Want It.”
“He stole it!” the former VP reportedly said, adding how apparently annoying he finds it that the media refuse to call the South Bend mayor out for the alleged plagiarism.
“What would you have done to me? You would have torn my ears off. I would be a plagiarizing, no good, old man who did bum bum bum,” he maintained.
Biden: “I got hairy legs that turn blonde in the sun and the kids used to reach in the pool and rub my leg down and watch the hair come back up again..and I tell ya what the men, the guys I worked with down here, they were all guys at the time”
Yeah, totally relatable Joe! pic.twitter.com/amD4sRWN7M
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) December 1, 2019
“No, he doesn’t have the enthusiasm and the moderate — moderate plan. It’s the Biden plan,” Biden added, according to Politico.
The former VP also addressed rumors that former President Barack Hussein Obama hasn’t endorsed him because he thinks he “really doesn’t have it” when it comes to connecting with voters.
“He may have said that. And if it’s true, and he said it, there’s truth to it,” Biden conceded before firing back with a rebuttal.
He said that he’s “mostly campaigned for other people in the time I’ve been here. And I’ve never been in a position seeking the nomination where I have had the money and the organization to be able to get open headquarters all over the state.”
He reportedly added that, during Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns, he was the administration’s on-the-ground point person.
“If you notice in our campaign I was the one that had the intimate relationships, I was the one that was sent into Pennsylvania, I was the one that was sent into Colorado, I was the one that was sent into Virginia, I was the one who was sent into Florida,” he said.
“And the reason was because all the polling and data showed that I had those relationships with the base of the Democratic Party.”
Biden also denied allegations that he wants and needs Obama’s endorsement.
“No, because everyone knows I’m close with him. I don’t need an Obama endorsement,” he said.
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