CNN political commentator Ana Navarro said that 2020 Democratic presidential primary candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden is giving her flashbacks to former Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s (R) 2016 campaign.
While appearing on CNN’s “New Day” Monday morning, Navarro — who was a vocal supporter of Bush during the 2016 Republican primary — pointed out that Biden is facing a lack of media visibility compared to some of his 2020 competition, such as Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
“Biden’s best day was his campaign launch,” said Navarro.
She said that she was a fan of Biden and would vote for him in a general election, but that his primary campaign was giving her “Jeb Bush acid reflux.”
“I say this as someone who really likes Joe Biden and would be very happy — skip and hop to the polls if I could vote for him in a general election instead of [President] Donald Trump. But right now, he’s giving me Jeb Bush acid reflux.”
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“I want to see him pull this together,” the CNN political commentator added. “He’s got time.”
Navarro went on to say that CNN was focusing on “talking about how [Senator Bernie] Sanders (I-Vt.) and [Senator Elizabeth] Warren (D-Mass.) combined are besting him” in the polls as opposed to talking about his campaign itself.
Fellow CNN contributor Bianna Golodryga raised the point that the former vice president does not have the “fire in the belly” that some of the other candidates have as they run their campaigns, even though Biden has the “name recognition.”
“No one wants an anointed nominee,” said Golodryga. “You have to earn it.”
Navarro added that Biden needed to “prove he is a very good candidate” to “carry [the] message through” that “he is the one in the best position to beat Donald Trump” in the election.
Biden is currently considered the front-runner in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, beating out other big-name Democrats — such as Sanders, Warren, and Harris — in the polls.
The numbers support the former vice president even after he recently came under fire for his “awkward flip-flop-flip” on the pro-life Hyde Amendment, which some of his fellow 2020 contenders have called for the repeal of.