By Talia Kaplan
Published April 24, 2019
Former interim Democratic National Committee chairwoman Donna Brazile, a Fox News contributor, said she thinks former Vice President Joe Biden “is a proven leader,” and has what it takes to “go the distance” in the 2020 presidential race.
Brazile made her comments on “America’s Newsroom” Wednesday, the day before Biden is expected to declare his candidacy for president.
The announcement would end months of speculation as the 76-year-old Biden mulled making what would be a third White House bid. Despite the recent #MeToo controversy complicating his would-be campaign, the former vice president has remained at the top of most public opinion polls.
Biden’s potential political campaign hit a bump recently after several women complained publicly about the prospective 2020 Democratic candidate, accusing him of touching them inappropriately at events.
“With 20 candidates I'm not sure that it's time to pick number one. But he is number one in the polls. That's because, of course, he was vice president for eight years. He’s been a public servant. He is a proven leader,” said Brazile.
She added, “The race to the White House is about delegates and the question is, will he have enough, what I like to say, enough miles to go the distance? I do believe he will go the distance and that's because voters know him, they appreciate his leadership. But what's his vision? That's what this generation of Democrats will be asking him. Where do you want to take us?”
Brazile also weighed in on congressional Democrats pushing to keep investigating President Trump despite Special Counsel Robert Mueller wrapping up his Russia investigation with no new indictments.
When asked if it is a good strategy for Democrats to continue to push, Brazile answered, “Absolutely,” adding, “No one is above the law. In fact, Democrats will be running on protecting our democracy.”
She added, “Democrats can walk and chew gum at the same time. You have Democrats out there talking about everything from jobs and the economy and infrastructure, they're running for president, they’re running to replace Donald Trump in 2020. But you have Capitol Hill Democrats. That's part of their responsibility in our system of government. So yes, we could do both.”
“No one is above the law. I think the president should comply with the request from the United States House of Representatives,” said Brazile.
She added, “This is important for the health of our democracy and the future of the United States of America. This is not partisan.”