Joe Biden, from the very outset of his 2020 bid, has sought to leverage his historical past with outdated working mate President Barack Obama to propel him to the Democratic presidential nomination — the issue is, this doesn’t seem like a plan shared by the previous president or his closest advisers.
First, there was the persistent criticism of Biden’s marketing campaign from Obama’s inside circle. Then, there have been the lingering questions over why “44” has not merely endorsed his former vp. Now come reviews that Obama has made discouraging — even derisive — feedback about his candidacy.
“[Y]ou know who actually doesn’t have it? Joe Biden,” Obama stated a couple of reference to voters, in line with a current Politico Magazine report. That comment reportedly was made to considered one of Biden’s Democratic main opponents.
An August New York Times report additionally cited a supply who claimed that earlier than Biden formally entered the 2020 race, Obama advised him, “You don’t have to do that, Joe, you actually don’t.”
That article got here after Obama’s former prime strategist David Axelrod had harsh phrases for the previous vp. Axelrod warned that Biden “has kind of performed into the caricature” of being mentally weak that President Trump has performed on prior to now. This, after Axelrod had questioned Biden’s “steadiness” concerning an abortion coverage flip-flop.
Axelrod additionally has described Biden as “confused” and advised he regarded like “a part of the previous quite than the longer term,” after a heated trade throughout a June debate between Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif.
The dismissive commentary from one of many chief architects of Obama’s history-making 2008 presidential run shouldn’t be useful for a candidate who has latched his marketing campaign to the Obama legacy — routinely defending ObamaCare within the face of main rivals vowing to pursue “Medicare-for-all,” and reminding voters of their bond. (Within the class of kidding/not kidding, Biden as soon as posted matching friendship bracelets on Twitter wishing the previous commander-in-chief a contented Greatest Buddies Day. Obama responded with an aesthetic, “Again atcha Joe,” together with a GIF of him calling Biden the “greatest VP America has ever had.”)
Obama might imagine Biden was a terrific VP — however that does not imply he sees him as president.
Karl Rove, former deputy chief of employees for President George W. Bush and present Fox Information contributor, pointed to alerts from Obama’s aides.
“The Obama crew is in all places throughout the sphere and also you don’t get the sense that there’s a number of love and enthusiasm for Joe Biden as a candidate,” Rove stated Tuesday. “Perhaps it’s as a result of they don’t suppose he can get it throughout the road, possibly it’s as a result of they don’t agree with him, or possibly it’s as a result of they handled him within the Obama administration and whereas they’ve an excessive amount of affection for him don’t suppose he has what it takes to be a presidential candidate and a victor.”
Obama has but to endorse any candidate within the race, however Biden has stated that it was his resolution to not search an endorsement from the previous president.
On the similar time, the blended messages from Obama World don’t appear to be hurting Biden in the intervening time.
A brand new CNN ballot launched Wednesday has Biden main the pack with 28 %, nicely forward of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., with 17 %, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., with 14 %, and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg with 11 %.
And a newly launched Quinnipiac College ballot of Democratic-leaning voters had Biden in first place with 24 %, and manner forward of the opposite candidates on the query of who would have the very best likelihood of defeating Trump.