Former Vice President Joe Biden, the leading candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, claimed Tuesday that he’s the one candidate President Donald Trump fears most.
Biden made his comments in a column posted Tuesday by USA Today.
“Here’s the only question we should be asking: Did Donald Trump abuse the presidency for personal, political gain?” he said.
“The answer is clear. He openly, brazenly and repeatedly called for foreign interference in our elections. He indicted himself in full view of the American people, attacking the foundations of our democracy in the process,” Biden noted.
“It’s also clear why he did it. Trump knows that in a fair election, if I am the nominee, it will be a tough fight,” the former VP added.
“Poll after poll shows me beating him in key battleground states like Florida and Pennsylvania. That’s why he’s trying to smear me now. He wants to pick the Democratic nominee so that he doesn’t have to face me in November,” he said, adding he’s already managed to withstand the president’s “dirty tricks.”
Several recent polls in battleground states actually show the president ahead.
“Midterm victories in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin gave Democrats hope of retaking the Rust Belt battleground states that handed the presidency to Donald J. Trump in 2016,” The New York Times reported in November.
“Yet success in the midterms might not mean as much for Democratic presidential candidates as the party might think. Nearly two-thirds of voters in six battleground states who voted for President Trump in 2016 — but for Democratic congressional candidates in 2018 — say they intend to back the president against each of his top rivals,” the paper added.
In December, Newsweek reported that amid calls for his impeachment, polling showed Trump beating all top Democratic contenders in three battleground states — Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.