Even if other candidates might have better policies, former second lady Jill Biden is urging voters to consider voting for her husband and 2020 Democratic primary contender Joe Biden because he’ll “beat” President Donald Trump.
The former vice president’s wife offered an electability argument, telling voters to “swallow a little bit” on Monday during a campaign stop in Manchester, New Hampshire:
“So yes, you know, your candidate might be better on, I don’t know, healthcare than Joe is, but you’ve got to look at who’s going to win this election, and maybe you have to swallow a little bit and say, ‘OK, I personally like so and so better,’ but your bottom line has to be that we have to beat Trump.”
“I know that not all of you are committed to my husband, and I respect that, but I want you to think about your candidate, his or her electability, and who’s going to win this race,” Biden continued with her blunt argument.
“You know, you may like another candidate better but you have to look at who’s going to win,” she said, adding, “Joe is that person.”
See her comments below:
Dr. Jill Biden urges voters to consider her husband's electability, saying: "your candidate might be better on, I don’t know, healthcare than Joe is, but you’ve got to look at who’s going to win this election." pic.twitter.com/xdPk95wWnv
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) August 19, 2019
Biden’s comments about her husband’s electability in 2020 drew reactions from users on social media:
Based on this video I'd say there is at best a 50% chance that Jill Biden is voting for Joe Biden. https://t.co/Gc9ihpfuIj
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) August 20, 2019
Jill Biden endorses Bernie Sanders’ healthcare plan. https://t.co/v84b93IAxT
— Katie Halper (@kthalps) August 20, 2019
Jill Biden: If I could settle for my husband, America, you can too. https://t.co/bUabBPL7AG
— supererogatory masochism (@PatBlanchfield) August 19, 2019
Dr. Jill Biden, the Democratic frontrunner’s spouse, told voters today that they a) may like another candidate better and b) that candidate may have better policies—but she says @JoeBiden can beat Trump. Because “electability.” So, settle for Joe, America! https://t.co/SuLE2lItYs
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) August 20, 2019
Even Jill Biden wants to vote for Elizabeth Warren! https://t.co/omyjjv8X7m
— Nick Westrate (@westratenick) August 20, 2019
Biden is currently the frontrunner with double-digits over the other presidential hopefuls in the 2020 Democratic primary. Although he holds the first spot in the polls thus far, Biden’s favorability decreased to 34% — a 20 point drop since January 2018 — while those who see him in a negative light increased to 38%.