Jones said on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” Friday evening that Biden doesn’t look ready to go “head-to-head” with President Donald Trump “or really with anybody.”
Biden struggled during the first debate last week when asked about his own record and the Obama administration’s record on the Iraq War and immigration, as IJR Red previously reported. Additionally, he found himself clashing with Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calf.) when confronted about his past controversial comments working with segregationists and past opposition to busing programs.
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“How is he selling that point that I’m the guy who can go in the ring against Trump and beat him?” CNN’s Jim Sciutto asked Jones.
Jones answered that he thought Biden “got dinged up a little bit” in the exchange between Harris, where “he really just wasn’t able to answer it on his feet in that moment.” He added:
“I think he was very honest in saying he was prepared for some of that, but he wasn’t prepared for the more personal and emotional attack that she launched because, frankly, he knows her pretty well and she knows his family pretty well. I thought that was one of the most telling things. He said, listen, I just didn’t expect that.”
Jones noted that when he was watching the debate, he thought Biden “doesn’t look like… he’s ready to go head-to-head with Donald Trump or really with anybody.”
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Jones added that the former vice president will have to “prove himself again to the American people that he can be that fighter… He does have a history of fighting, but I think he lost some of that electability argument by performing so poorly against Kamala Harris.”
After the first debate, Biden’s support among Democratic voters fell while Harris’ earned one of the highest scores for her debate performance and saw a boost in her favorability, a Morning Consult/FiveThirtyEight poll.