Politics Obama’s Biden dig latest sign ex-president’s inner circle has doubts about his veep
Biden heckled over Obama-era deportations, tells protester 'You should vote for Trump'
A seemingly frustrated Joe Biden advised a protester to "vote for Trump" Thursday night after being confronted about the Obama administration’s record on deportations. © ASSOCIATED PRESS Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden talks with a protester objecting to his stance on deportations during a town hall at Lander University in Greenwood, S.C., on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard) It happened at a South Carolina town hall event for the former vice president, before about 800 people at Lander University in Greenville.
, from the very outset of his 2020 bid, has sought to leverage his history with old running mate President to propel him to the Democratic presidential nomination — the problem is, this does not appear to be a plan shared by the former president or his closest advisers.
First, there was the persistent criticism of Biden's campaign from Obama's inner circle. Then, there were the lingering questions over why "44" has not simply endorsed his former vice president. Now come reports that Obama has made discouraging — even derisive — comments about his candidacy.
Former Iowa governor says Biden has ‘heart of a president’
In endorsing Democrat Joe Biden for president on Saturday, former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack said, above all, the former vice president’s personal losses give him “the capacity to comfort” and “the need to heal” a divided nation. Vilsack, who served eight years in the Obama administration with Biden as secretary of agriculture, said during a morning rally in Des Moines that Biden could step into the office with an immediate command of domestic and global issues at a time when events demand “you can’t be a rookie in this business. You’ve got to be a pro.
"[Y]ou know who really doesn’t have it? Joe Biden," Obama said about a connection with voters, according to a recentreport. That remark reportedly was made to one of Biden's Democratic primary opponents.
An Augustreport also cited a source who claimed that before Biden officially entered the 2020 race, Obama told him, “You don’t have to do this, Joe, you really don’t.”
That article came after Obama's former top strategisthad harsh words for the former vice president. Axelrod warned that Biden “has sort of played into the caricature” of being mentally weak that President Trump has played on in the past. This, after Axelrod had questioned Biden's " " regarding an abortion policy flip-flop.
Tucker Carlson Predicts Michelle Obama Could be 2020 Dem Nominee, Says That's Likely Why Barack Hasn't Endorsed Biden
Fox News host Tucker Carlson said tonight Barack Obama may not have endorsed Joe Biden's presidential bid because Michelle Obama might be planning to run.Michelle Obama has stated that she doesn't want to run for president because she is not interested in politics, but Carlson said not to bet against her entering the race.
Axelrod also hasBiden as “confused” and suggested he looked like “part of the past rather than the future,” after a heated exchange during a June debate between Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif.
Obama must back Biden to restore his legacy
As it turns out, governing with a pen and phone, instead of the consent of Congress, is a fairly easy way of guaranteeing that your first successor from an opposition party will undo your entire legacy. For better or worse, President Trump pulled out of the Paris climate accords and the Iran Deal. He has moved to reverse the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy (the courts will settle that one), even though he failed to leverage it to gain a legislative win on immigration.
Obama may think Biden was a great VP — but that doesn't mean he sees him as president.
Karl Rove, former deputy chief of staff for President George W. Bush and current Fox News contributor, pointed to signals from Obama's aides.
“The Obama team is everywhere across the field and you don’t get the sense that there’s a lot of love and enthusiasm for Joe Biden as a candidate,” Rove said Tuesday. “Maybe it’s because they don’t think he can get it across the line, maybe it’s because they don’t agree with him, or maybe it’s because they dealt with him in the Obama administration and while they have a great deal of affection for him don’t think he has what it takes to be a presidential candidate and a victor.”
Obama has yet to endorse any candidate in the race, but Biden has said that it was his decision not to seek an endorsement from the former president.
At the same time, the mixed messages from Obama World do not seem to be hurting Biden at the moment.
A new CNN poll released Wednesday has Biden leading the pack with 28 percent, well ahead of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., with 17 percent, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., with 14 percent, and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg with 11 percent.
And a newly released Quinnipiac University poll of Democratic-leaning voters had Biden in first place with 24 percent, and way ahead of the other candidates on the question of who would have the best chance of defeating Trump.
Joe Biden defends son Hunter but acknowledges Ukraine work 'may have looked bad' .
There is no evidence the Bidens engaged in corrupt acts related to Ukraine. When asked by Telemundo if it was wrong — even if legal — for Hunter Biden to take the board seat, Joe Biden doubled down on defending his son. "There’s nothing asserted that he did anything that was illegal," Joe Biden said. "Here's what I'm not going to do. I'm not going to — and I know you're not intending to do this — play the game to take the eye off the culprit.
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