House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) doesn’t think the third presidential run will be the charm for former Vice President Joe Biden.
Biden is one of 24 Democrats running for president in 2020 and is the current front runner, with recent polls putting him at 39% among Democratic primary voters. Despite this major lead, McCarthy doesn’t think it will last.
During an interview with Axios on Thursday, McCarthy compared Biden’s bid to that of former Governor Jeb Bush’s (R-Fla.) run in 2016.
Watch McCarthy’s comments:
.@GOPLeader: "I think Biden — no disrespect — is the Jeb Bush of this cycle. I think he could have run at a different time and he would have been the nominee. I think he has too much to apologize for." https://t.co/mzmsMlIIrZ pic.twitter.com/3G1Mv5SW0J
— The Hill (@thehill) May 16, 2019
“I think Biden — no disrespect — is the Jeb Bush of this cycle. I think he could have run at a different time and he would have been the nominee. I think he has too much to apologize for.”
In the 2016 cycle, Bush came out of the gate strong. He had the support of many major donors and led in early polls, but President Donald Trump steamrolled him in the primary. McCarthy claimed Biden will experience the same fate as Bush because of his record.
As IJR Red previously reported, Biden has been criticized for being “wrong” about “every” foreign policy decision over his career. He’s also been questioned for his support of tough criminal justice reforms and for his treatment of Anita Hill during the nomination of Justice Clarance Thomas.
Instead, McCarthy noted that he believes Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will be the last man standing in the crowded Democratic primary.
“I think Bernie Sanders has a much better chance,” McCarthy told the crowd.
Sanders has a lock on second place, according to several recent polls. Although Biden has claimed that has the “the most progressive record of anybody running,” Sanders has been a champion of the left wing of the party and his fellow Democratic Socialists.
Although these two are the frontrunners, that doesn’t mean the other candidates don’t have a chance. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-Ind.) have rounded out the top five in recent polls.