Potential 2020 Democratic challenger Kirsten Gillibrand refused to comment on the political future of former Vice President Joe Biden this week; saying the voters “will decide” if he’s fit to serve as President of the United States.
Gillibrand was speaking with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews when she was asked to comment on multiple allegations of “inappropriate” behavior levied against the top Obama aide in recent days.
“You know what I’m trying to do, get an answer on this very tough question: Is he fit to be the nominee for the Democratic Party? Is he fit for the office?” asked Matthews.
“I think it’s an issue he will have to address with voters, and the voters will decide,” Gillibrand said.
BIDEN RISING: Insiders Say the Former VP Sees Himself as Democrats’ ‘BEST HOPE’ in 2020
Former Vice President Joe Biden reportedly sees himself as the Democratic Party’s “best hope” for defeating Donald Trump in 2020; with political insiders saying he is in the “final stages” of deciding whether to launch a potential run for the White House.
“Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. is in the final stages of deciding whether to run for president and has told allies he is skeptical the other Democrats eyeing the White House can defeat President Trump, an assessment that foreshadows a clash between the veteran Washington insider and the more liberal and fresh-faced contenders for the party’s 2020 nomination,” writes the New York Times.
“He has the best chance of beating Trump, hands down,” said Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware.
“In 2020, Biden-style centrism will become a toxic and losing brand of politics in Democratic primaries,” said a progressive activist from the left-wing of the Democratic Party.
Read the full report here.
BIDEN RISING: Joe Biden Opens Up ‘DOUBLE DIGIT’ Lead in Latest Democratic Poll
Former Vice President Joe Biden is making major gains against his potential Democratic opponents in recent polling; opening up a “double digit” lead against Sen. Bernie Sanders, Beto O’Rourke, Kamala Harris, and others.
The latest Quinnipiac University survey shows Biden leading his potential opponents with 29% of registered Democrats favoring the former Vice President.
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is in distant second place with 19% followed by Beto O’Rourke at 12% and Sen. Kamala Harris at 8%.
“Hungry for a candidate to take on President Donald Trump, Democrats and Democratic leaners put the three B’s, Biden, Bernie and Beto, at the top in a race where age, race and gender take a back seat to electability and shared views,” adds the survey.
Read the full report at The Hill.