The Democrats look to 2020
Reporting by James Rosen
Less than a week after Dona Brazile’s new book revealed the interim DNC Chair considered replacing Hillary Clinton with Vice President Joe Biden as the 2016 Democratic nominee following Clinton’s dramatic fainting spell that September, Mr. Biden has a new book of his own out, “Promise Me Dad,” about his son Beau’s death from cancer.
One of the takeaways—the former Vice President wants Americans to know that Brazile’s idea never would have worked—telling NBC news, “I was not ready, in terms of my family. So, no. I would never have done it.”
Vice President Biden, who turns 75 next week, says he hasn’t made up his mind about 2020.
“I’m in good shape. Knock on wood, as my mother would say, but I don’t know. That’s the truth.”
Biden also argued Hillary Clinton lost because she could not “get the message out about the middle class.”
If the former VP were to re-enter the fray, he would find his party frayed by Bazile’s allegation that the DNC “rigged” last year’s primary.
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, a potential 2020 contender herself, agrees the primary was rigged, but told reporters outside a town hall Sunday the party has “come together.”
Yet Senator Sanders, the Independent from Vermont who captured 43% of the Democratic primary votes last year, portrayed the party as doomed if it does not expand to include unaffiliated voters.
“So to say to Independents, say to young people who are overwhelmingly Independent, say to working people, “We don’t want you to come into the Democratic Party,” is totally absurd. And it’s a recipe for failure,” Sanders told CBS.