March 24, 2019
So many Democrats are running for president the race feels like a March Madness bracket. If it were, the No. 1 seeds would be former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Either would be favored to beat President Donald Trump in the 2020 finals, according to the latest Fox News Poll.
Democratic primary voters were read a list of 20 announced and potential candidates for the 2020 nomination. Biden is the top choice at 31 percent, followed by Sanders at 23 percent.
California Sen. Kamala Harris (8 percent) and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke (8 percent) make up a second tier. They are followed by New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker (4 percent), Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (4 percent), and New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (2 percent).
The other candidates are the political equivalent of a 16th seed -- they receive less than two percent.
Eleven percent are unsure of their picks.
Men, women, whites, non-whites, college graduates, and non-graduate Democratic primary voters all put Biden first and Sanders second. Sanders has the edge among those under age 45, while Biden is first for those 45 and over.
Democratic primary voters are more likely to support a candidate they think can beat Trump (51 percent) than the candidate they like the most (36 percent).
Statler and Waldorf -- excuse me, Joe and Bernie -- are way out in front of the others in the clown car, and the last time I checked, they were the quintessential Old White Men.
But even some of Joe's people Still Don't Get It. Catch this from William Katz's Urgent Agenda, pulled from Breitbart:
Former Vice President Joe Biden’s advisers are reportedly asking him to consider pledging to just serve one term in office if he wins his party’s nomination and faces off against President Donald Trump in the general election. According to a Thursday New York Times report, Biden’s advisers are discussing "a possible pledge to serve only one term” and framing Biden’s 2020 campaign "as a one-time rescue mission for a beleaguered country.” Biden is reportedly "uneasy with the prospect of pledging up front not to seek re-election,” though, "believing that it would make him a lame-duck president before he even takes office and cripple his ability to get anything done.” His advisers are reportedly also asking him to consider announcing failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams as his running mate when he announces his candidacy. But the Times notes that, by doing so, "Biden could appear presumptuous — even imperious — by choosing a running mate before the electorate has the chance to sift the field of candidates.”
Katz comments "This is almost pathetic. Pledge to serve only one term? Wow, what a bunch of optimists. And that places additional focus on the vice president. Stacey Abrams, a failed gubernatorial candidate, who happens to be black and female? Any qualifications?"
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