2020 vision? Biden says he understands the Rust Belt better than Trump


Former vice president Joe Biden appeared on Megyn Kelly’s NBC show on Monday and further stoked speculation that he’ll mount a bid for president in 2020.

“You’re going to be 77 in 2020,” Kelly said. “You wouldn’t have any new ideas. You’ve already run twice and lost. You’d have to promise that it would be one term only. And the blue-collar Rust Belt-ers who you’d need to get elected already love [President] Donald Trump.”

After a short silence, Biden said: “They love me more”, prompting cheers from the audience.

“I understand the Rust Belt,” Biden continued. “Donald Trump has no notion what those people going through. If you take a look — it’s not a criticism, it’s an observation — because look, but for 77,000 votes now, this would be a different race. Come on, let’s take a look at this.”

“They call me ‘Middle Class Joe.’ Well, it’s not meant as a compliment in Washington. It means I’m not sophisticated. But I understand. I understand what built this country. And the only thing I know I know is the middle class, their hopes, their aspirations. Because it’s where I come from. It’s what I am.”

Biden has come into increasing focus this month following former interim DNC chair Donna Brazile’s revelation in her book “Hacks” that she considered replacing Hillary Clinton with Joe Biden following her infamous fainting spell.

The former vice president, who decided not to run following his son Beau’s death from cancer, has previously suggested that he would have defeated Donald Trump.

For example, while speaking at Colgate University last spring, Biden told the audience “I think I could have won.”

“I had a lot of data and I was fairly confident that if I were the Democratic Party’s nominee, I had a better than even chance of being president,” the vice president added.

And while it’s still early to project towards 2020, new data suggests Biden may have a difficult time winning back the voters Democrats lost in the last election, as a new Reuters poll finds that 85 percent of those who voted for Trump in 2016 said they would do so again.