Following Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s CNN townhall, it was no surprise to find the ladies at ABC’ s “The View” gushing over him.
There was apparently nothing the former vice president could do wrong in their eyes and returning co-host Sara Haines declared at one point that he embodied the American Dream. Haines, who was a co-host on the show in 2016 but left in 2018 for Good Morning America, told colleague Joy Behar that Biden won her trust and she appreciated his “humanity” and “compassion.”
“A lot of people were anxious about how he performed last night,” Behar said of the event moderated by Anderson Cooper.
The “drive-in” townhall in Pennsylvania was held in a parking lot and only 35 cars were allowed due to CNN’s decision on coronavirus guidelines.
“I happen to think, before I even throw it to you, I thought he was great. I thought he was sane and knowledgeable and to the point,” Behar gushed. “How did you think he did, Sara?”
Haines agreed and felt she needed to point out the “stark contrast” of the event and Biden’s performance with that of President Trump during his ABC News town hall in Philadelphia, in which he was treated very differently.
“We saw what I have always looked for in representative officials to do, which is to connect with their voters,” Haines said.
“You could see his empathy and his compassion and his humanity as people were asking question and often presented some pretty difficult stories. And I loved how he answered to each one so personally, and I felt that response,” she continued, adding that two things “Jumped out” at her during event outside Biden’s hometown of Scranton, Pa.
“I really liked when he called Anderson Cooper out for CNN saying that he would be the first president without an Ivy League education. That spoke to me because I think it reminds you that everyone walks around with a little imposter syndrome,” Haines said.
“Here’s someone running for president of the United States, and that kind of got him in the gut. I liked kind of the working man, you know, he was the first person from his family to go to college,” she added.
“This is the American Dream right in front of you. He worked hard. He was among people that he — he grew up in that town. I just loved that old-school politician, but I also loved that there was some nuance in his answers. One thing I’ve always said is, I’m going to trust someone that can sometimes veer off their political ideology to tell me the truth,” she said.
But Biden’s college claim was something that has gotten him called out in the past, including in his first failed run for the presidency. His past claims about his academic record and news reports at the time that refuted them were shared in a video by Donald Trump Jr. and others on social media.
Everything you need to know about Joe Biden in one clip. I guess he will tell you whatever lie he thinks it takes to score political points. Seems being a liar is a very consistent theme for Joe!🚨🚨🚨 pic.twitter.com/7NhUWxixlp
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 6, 2020
Haines went on to tout Biden’s responses to a teacher with M.S. asking about getting back to school in person without fear of contracting the virus.
“And Joe Biden immediately said, ‘You know, this is going to be a tough decision for you to make, because even when we have the vaccine, there’s going to be different levels and I want to make sure you’re safe.’ The easier answer would have been, ‘Yeah, we’ll have a vaccine, it’ll be great, we’ll make everyone take it, it’ll be awesome.’ He just didn’t do that, and to me, that wins my trust,” Haines declared.
CNN and its townhall were slammed by those on both sides of the political aisle for what seemed like a walk in the park as far as softball questions from Anderson Cooper, and only three of the 16 questions asked by audience members were from Republicans.
“If ABC’s event with President Trump was an icy grilling, CNN’s drive-in conversation with Joe Biden yesterday was more like an affable reunion of old acquaintances,” Politico tweeted promoting its story.
Ari Fleischer, White House press secretary for President George W. Bush remarked that “when Politico accuses CNN of a softball Interview, you know there’s a problem.”
“One town hall was infinitely more challenging than the other,” reporter Joe Concha told “Fox & Friends” on Friday. “It’s very apparent what we saw between the two candidates, one obviously hostile the other one hospitable.”