Joe Biden’s tendency to make speaking gaffes is raising concern in the latest national poll over his ability to successfully debate President Donald Trump; plus, more of today’s top stories in democratic election politics.
Biden’s debate abilities raise concern among likely voters
Former Vice President Joe Biden continues to make speaking gaffes and made a bizarre one yesterday.
The latest occurred during a press conference in Delaware on Tuesday.
“To get our people to work and our kids to school safely, to get our kids to market swiftly, to power clean energy revolution in this country, we need to modernize America’s infrastructure,” Biden said (bold emphasis added).
As questions continue to circulate around Joe Biden’s mental acuity, the latest Rasmussen Reports national survey asked likely voters if they felt the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee was up to the task of debating against President Donald Trump.
In the survey, only a slight majority felt Biden was capable of handling Trump in a debate, Daily Caller reported.
The survey asked three questions:
- How important is it for Joe Biden and Donald Trump to hold one or more televised presidential debates this fall?
In the poll, 51 percent said at least one televised debate was “very important” and 68 percent said it was “important.”
- Is Joe Biden capable of debating Donald Trump?
Only 54 percent felt Biden was capable of debating Trump, while 38 percent believed he was incapable, and 11 percent were unsure.
- Would it help or hurt Biden’s candidacy if he refused to debate Trump? Or would it have no impact?
In the poll, 56 percent said it would hurt Biden’s campaign to refuse to debate, 29 percent believed it would have no impact, and 10 percent believed it would help the former Vice President to avoid a debate.
Good news for Biden: Kanye West drops out of race
Rapper Kanye West announced on July 4 he was running for president of the United States in 2020, now only ten days later, he is reportedly dropping out of the race.
Joe Biden can both breathe a sigh of relief. While no one believed West had a chance of winning the contest, many had speculated that West could have served as a spoiler that would have siphoned votes away from Biden and potentially helping Trump in the process.
According to a report from Intelligencer, Steve Kramer, who worked as a “get out the vote specialist” on West’s campaign, said Kanye “is out.”
West has yet to confirm or deny reports that he is withdrawing from the contest.
According to what many speculate, West’s 11th-hour entry into the 2020 presidential contest, did not allow him time to accumulate the estimated 132,781 signatures necessary in Florida to meet the state’s July 15 deadline to be added to the ballot, Fox6Now reported.
During an interview with Forbes on July 7, Kanye West said America needs special people to lead and that “Joe Biden’s not special.”
“To say that the Black vote is Democratic is a form of racism and white supremacy,” West added.
Biden says background checks on possible running mate happening now
In an exclusive interview with NBC12 in Phoenix on Tuesday, Joe Biden told the media outlet that background checks were underway and should be completed within a week to 10 days, adding he plans to interview them afterward.
“First thing I want to make sure is I have somebody – and I think they all are – capable of being president of the United States if something happens,” Biden said. The former Vice President added that he is also looking for an ally who shares his value system.