Former Vice President and presidential candidate Joe Biden explained to a scrum of reporters waiting for him in Delaware why he had specifically asked President Barack Obama not to endorse his candidacy.
“If you’re the best choice for the Democrats in 2020, why didn’t President Obama endorse you?” asked Fox News’ Peter Doocy, obviously going for the “gotcha” question. But Biden was prepared, and knocked Doocy for a loop.
“I asked President Obama not to endorse me,” Biden said. “Whoever wins this nomination should win it on their own merits.”
“Welcome to Delaware,” he added, turning away dismissively before Doocy could continue.
“You and your message made this about the debate about President Trump,” said an unidentified CBS reporter. “You’re going to have to get through the Democratic primary first, why are you the best choice?”
“That will be for the Democrats to decide,” Biden said, as he turned and walked away.
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Here are 3 winners and 3 losers from the 2020 Democratic presidential primary debate
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined the other leading Democratic presidential primary candidates Wednesday night in the fieriest evening of the race so far.
His presence on the stage drew fire from the other candidates, but it also seemed to change the overall tone of the debate, with more attacks, counter-attacks, and passion than was generally seen earlier in the campaign.
Here’s a (necessarily subjective!) list of the winners and losers from the fray:
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) — Warren hit her stride right as the debate started by attacking Bloomberg for his record on the mistreatment of women, racist policies, and his tax returns. She repeatedly came back to skewer the former mayor, making herself the biggest and most notable presence in the debate. But importantly, she also continuously brought the discussion back to the issues she cares about — like expanding health care, environmental justice, and consumer protection — while getting in digs at the other candidates on the stage.
US Democratic rivals trade pre-debate shots as Bloomberg faces major test
Sparring between Mike Bloomberg and the leading Democratic candidates erupted hours before Wednesday night’s debate, previewing what’s expected to be a tense night as the billionaire businessman meets his rivals onstage for the first time.
Both Bernie Sanders’ and Joe Biden’s campaigns took aim at Bloomberg, the former raising questions about the 78-year-old’s health and the latter pointing out reversals in Bloomberg’s stances on key issues.