Joe Biden’s Republican running mate strategy

(Image: Fox News screenshot)

Fox News politics editor Chris Stirewalt found it “pretty far-fetched” that 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden would pick a Republican running mate if nominated.

Stirewalt called the former vice president a “woodchipper of verbiage” on “America’s Newsroom” Tuesday, referring to his comments in New Hampshire earlier this week when he was asked about the likelihood of a Biden ticket with a GOP running mate.

(Video: Fox News)

Biden was asked about the possibility of picking a Republican during a campaign stop in Exeter on Monday.

“The answer is, I would but I can’t think of one right now,” the Democrat had responded.

“No, I’m serious,” he added. “No. Here’s what I mean. Let me finish. You know, there’s some really decent Republicans that are out there still, but here’s the problem right now with the well-known ones: they’ve got to step up,” he said.

“I’m not being a wise guy,” Biden insisted.

“I refuse to accept the proposition that we’ll be in a state of perpetual war with Republicans because you can’t govern the country if that’s the case,” he added. “We are a democracy, and our democracy depends upon consensus. We have to be able to pull the country together.”

Stirewalt mocked Biden for his strategy which appeared to be to “say a lot of words.”

“Joe Biden’s strategy is to cover the entire Earth,” he said.

“He’s like a woodchipper of verbiage and he is just going to spray it out — especially in the early states,” he told Smith. “There’s 3 to 5 inches of accumulation already on the ground in Iowa and New Hampshire.”

“Unless the ghost of Dwight Eisenhower shows up, I doubt that he is going to pick a Republican,” Stirewalt added, noting that the only way that could happen is if he “got to the Democratic Convention and it looked like his real problem was in the suburbs.”

“That should actually be the place where he is strong, but if he is actually weak there — and he needs to compensate — you could see him picking a former Republican or something like that,” Stirewalt explained.

“But, that sounds pretty far-fetched,” he added.

A December general election poll by Real Clear Politics showed that, in a head-to-head matchup, Biden beat President Trump with 48.5 percent to 44 percent.

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders does not share Biden’s mindset for a running mate. The Vermont senator isn’t ready to pick someone yet but he is sure when he gets the chance, he will not be picking a Republican.

“I think it is fair to say that I will not have a Republican as a vice president on my ticket, as a vice-presidential candidate,” Sanders told Fox News in Iowa.

“I will have somebody who shares my views,” Sanders added. “I am not aware of too many Republicans who do.”

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker thought Biden’s comment was “great” but didn’t say he would have made the same choice.

“I think it was great. I literally think it was a great comment,” Booker said speaking to reporters in Iowa, “We should not be reflexively partisan.”


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