It’s no secret that 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is not the most left-wing candidate in the field.
But when it comes to issues like Medicare for All, Biden is notably not as far to the left as two of the candidates trailing him, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Biden’s argument for why Democrats should vote for him essentially boils down to this: As a former vice president and senator who has been in politics for decades, voters know what they’re getting. And as something of a moderate, he has the best chance to beat President Donald Trump in a general election.
Speaking at an event in Nashua, New Hampshire, on Monday, Biden’s wife, Jill, said as much to a crowd.
“I know that not all of you are committed to my husband, and I respect that,” Dr. Jill Biden said. “But I want you to think about your candidate, his or her electability, and who’s going to win this race.”
She appeared to admit that her husband might not be “the best” on certain issues, like health care, but said people should still support him anyway because he can beat Trump.
Dr. Jill Biden urges voters to consider her husband’s electability, saying: “your candidate might be better on, I don’t know, healthcare than Joe is, but you’ve got to look at who’s going to win this election.” pic.twitter.com/xdPk95wWnv
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) August 19, 2019
“Your candidate might be better on, I don’t know, health care, than Joe is,” Jill Biden said. “But you’ve got to look at who’s going to win this election. And maybe you have to swallow a little bit and say, ‘OK, I personally like so and so better,’ but your bottom line has to be that we have to beat Trump.”
“So I think if your goal — I know my goal — is to beat Donald Trump, we have to have someone who can beat him,” she said.
From the Biden camp’s perspective, it’s not a terrible argument to make.
The results of a Fox News poll released last week showed that in a hypothetical matchup against Trump, Biden would win the popular vote by 12 percentage points. Sanders led Trump by nine points, and Warren was winning by eight points.
That being said, it doesn’t exactly project confidence for a presidential to campaign to essentially say people should vote for a candidate not because of his views, but because he is more electable.
Remember that back in 2016, the scandal-plagued Hillary Clinton was nominated not necessarily because people were enthusiastic about another Clinton presidency, but because she was supposed to have the best shot at beating the Republican nominee.
Clinton, like Biden, was seen as electable, right up until the minute that Donald Trump shocked the world on Election Day in November 2016.
Biden might be the most “electable” Democrat running, and he might be leading in the polls, but let’s not forget that the man Biden’s saying he’d have the best chance of beating in 2020 is not your average politician.
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